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Monitoring Oil Pollution From Ships: Experiences From The Northern Baltic Practice

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The Baltic Sea is one of the most heavily trafficked seas in the world. The main convention for preventing pollution from ships is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), was set up to reduce and prevent all sources of pollution, including oil pollution from the ships, in the Baltic area. The most important part of the Baltic strategy is that there should not be any special fee for delivering oily wastes to the port reception facilities in the Baltic Sea region. Besides measures controlling shipping, HELCOM has adopted recommendations regarding the monitoring of oil pollution in the Baltic Sea. Well-coordinated aerial surveillance cooperation at sub-regional level promotes the efficient use of resources in the northern Baltic Sea. To make the process effective, the relevant legislation should be similar in all the Baltic Sea countries.

Keywords: Baltic Sea; Helsinki Commission (HELCOM); International Maritime Organisation (IMO); oil pollution



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