The objective of PA SHIP is to help facilitate the transition to sustainable shipping industry and to make it a positive business opportunity. The region can function as a test-bed for new and innovative products, services, methods and practices addressing global challenges, such as environmental degradation and climate change, creating prosperous opportunities for blue growth in the Baltic Sea region (BSR). Overall, the vision is that the BSR should become a model region for sustainable shipping.


Action 1: Support measures including digitalisation in reducing emissions from shipping.

In order to establish the Baltic Sea region as a model region for clean shipping, Action 1 will support a broad range of clean shipping measures involving relevant stakeholders. Thus, focus of PA Ship has to be on more research and development of solutions regarding alternative marine fuels and sources of energy, taking a holistic approach and giving preference to solutions that reduce both air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions on a well-to wake basis e.g. evaluating batteries, electricity, LNG, biofuels, hydrogen, ammonia, hybrid solutions, methanol and others for use in the Baltic Sea area. This action contributes to the achievement of the European Green Deal's climate-neutral objectives.

Strategic priorities in this action include:

  1. actions to develop or improve technical installations on board ships to clean harmful emissions from ships;
  2. issues of enforcement of environmental regulation for ships operating in the Baltic Sea;
  3. improved monitoring of ship emissions (better target actions and regulations);improving energy efficiency;
  4. actions to deploy propulsion systems and bunkering infrastructure for carbon-neutral, clean maritime fuels;
  5. development of economic incentive schemes to reduce the environmental impact; and
  6. improved capacity and competence to address climate neutral and clean shipping.


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Action 2: Support research on emerging thematic challenges related to clean shipping and its impact on the environment and wildlife in the Baltic Sea

Action 2, in connection with the European Green Deal objectives, aims to qualify the impact of the shipping on the environment and wildlife in the Baltic Sea area. In order to address these issues adequately, research would be of high importance. Firstly, there is a need to adequately research all potential impacts and consequences on the environment and the wildlife. Subsequently, there is a need for research-based development of measures on how to address these issues in the most optimal manner, in order to preserve a healthy marine environment. 

Strategic priorities in this action include:

  1. actions to identify the impact of shipping on the environment in the Baltic Sea in line with and beyond relevant developments in the framework of the International maritime organisation;
  2. research & development of technical installations on board ships to ensure a less harmful impact on environment and wildlife;
  3. development of efficient policy recommendations to address emerging challenges related to shipping;
  4. increase scientific knowledge and support research; and
  5. address and possibly reduce pollution by hazardous substances, invasive alien species (IAS) and plastics from maritime activities.


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Action 3: Support development of shore-side facilities to enhance clean shipping measures including infrastructure for climate-neutral and clean fuels

Renewable electric power generation for vessels is a key part of reducing the pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and reaching the EU climate objectives. Further, access to climate-neutral and clean marine fuels through land based infrastructure and shore-side facilities could accelerate the reduction of both air pollutant and GHG emissions from shipping. Further, the ability to receive and treat the different types of ship-generated waste in a responsible manner is key to achieving cleaner shipping. Building upgraded reception facilities for sewage in BSR is a challenge and hence an important objective for the EUSBSR.

Strategic priorities in this action include:

  1. contribute to the development of a regional infrastructure related to shore-side and climate-neutral and clean fuels;
  2. develop reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and cross border infrastructure;
  3. upgrade infrastructure in passenger - and industrial ports and retrofit industries to make them sustainable,
  4. with increase in resource efficiency;
  5. greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes;
  6. improve port reception facilities and their ability to treat and separate waste from ships and marine litter brought to land; and
  7. support the improvement of waste separation and handling on board ships.

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