Seventh HELCOM Cooperation Platform on PRF in the Baltic Sea

Seventh HELCOM Cooperation Platform on Port Reception Facilities (PRF) in the Baltic Sea meeting will be held at the premises of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) on Wednesday, 13 September 2017. Contracting Parties to the Helsinki Convention, Observer Organizations as well as other public sector institutions and relevant stakeholders are invited to the meeting of HELCOM Cooperation Platform.

The meeting will particularly focus on the ongoing project of the developement of a “Best Practice Guidance for the handling of wastewater in Ports" for the Special Area Baltic Sea, as well as the results of the CLIA simulation exercise on MARPOL Annex IV Special Area and practical case studies of specific ports, including proposals for next steps for consideration by HELCOM MARITIME 17-2017.

Practical information for participants and the provisional programme are available on the CP PRF 7-2017 Meeting Site in HELCOM Meeting Portal.

R&D Project

Development of a “Best Practice Guidance for the handling of wastewater in Ports" for the Special Area Baltic Sea

Eutrophication is one of the main threats to the biodiversity of the Baltic Sea and is caused by excessive input of nutrients to the marine environment. A part of the nutrient input originates from shipping. From 2000 to 2014, the number of cruise passengers in the Baltic Sea has increased by almost 250%, as well as cruise ship calls by 53% (Cruise Baltic Statistics 2014). As a consequence, the Baltic Sea has been designated as first MARPOL Annex IV Special Area at the initiative of HELCOM. Passenger ships intending to discharge sewage within the Special Area have to comply with more stringent regulations on nitrogen and phosphorous removal. The requirements can be met by either installing advanced wastewater treatment systems or discharging the sewage to port reception facilities (PRF). This creates challenges for the Baltic ports, shipping companies and municipal wastewater treatment plants. Therefore the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) commissioned this project on the development of a “Best Practice Guidance for the Handling of Wastewater in Ports”, which will provide information and concrete guidance for involved parties and HELCOM member states.

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Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)

Manufacturers of environmental technologies interested in obtaining officially recognized proof of product quality and performance, may take part in the new EU program for the Verification of Environmental Technologies (ETV). Environmental technologies for water treatment and reuse that qualify for the ETV program are such products that are ready to market or finishing pre-commercial development, with performance claims not covered by existing regulations and standards. In accordance with ISO 14034:2016 these products may be verified by an independent accredited institution to assess selected quality and performance parameters. The ISO 14034:2016 standard was introduced to support manufacturers in introduction and marketing of environmental products, by providing them with the opportunity to acquire an official European ETV verification. Ascertaining and proving individual advantages and selected performance claims for environmental products on the basis of independent verification may thus improve investor and customer resonance as well and lead to overall marketing advantages.
The ISO 14034:2016 method describes multiple steps that lead to the issuing of an official verification statement. PIA supports companies to participate in the ETV program, including initial ETV request, composition of a detailed ETV application and the handling of the overall testing process. In its role as an accredited testing laboratory, PIA offers to conduct practical hands-on testing procedures in accordance with an EN ISO/IEC 17025 when required. After completion, the ETV program is concluded with the issuing of the official ETV verification statement.

Neue Veröffentlichung zum Projekt NAUTEK

Das vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie geförderte dreijährige Verbundvorhaben „Nachhaltige Aufbereitungstechnologien zur Abwasserreinigung und -wiedernutzung auf Kreuzfahrtschiffen“ (NAUTEK) ist erfolgreich abgeschlossen  worden. Dabei wurden die zentralen Ziele, innovative Vorreiterkonzepte und -technologien zur Abwasserreinigung zu entwickeln und zu erproben, erreicht. Hierzu ist in Ausgabe März 2017 der Fachzeitschrift "Schiff & Hafen" ein Artikel von Prof. Dr. Stephan Köster, Dr. Elmar Dorgeloh, Lutz Kretschmann, Thilo Seibicke und Mark Grigo erschienen.