Estonia’s Port of Tallinn has taken another step towards becoming ‘the greenest port in the Baltic Sea area’ by adding a new requirement banning hull cleaning unless all residues are able to be collected.
Ellen Kaasik, the Environmental manager of Port of Tallinn said, that the sustainability strategy of Tallinn Port involves a major activity plan to decrease the environmental impact of the port and ships staying there. “Our investments in recent years and also next upcoming ones into technical innovations such as shore power, auto-mooring or waste management. We also look very closely on all services provided here and the decision to collect all hull cleaning residue was therefore the only way to go, as any kind of waste will add to the eutrophication problem of the sea.”
With immediate effect hull cleaning in Port of Tallinn water area can only be provided with the permission of the Vessel Traffic Shift Manager, provided that cleaning residues are collected to prevent their release into the marine environment.
Finland-based DG Diving Group has announced its readiness to provide the hull cleaning services in Port of Tallinn premises. The company uses patented technology to clean the ships with the help of specialised divers and is currently developing a hull cleaning machine that does not require divers.
The residue consisting of both bio- and chemical materials, is collected in a tank on shore and the filtered water is let back to the sea. The patented technological solution for the underwater cleaning was invented by the owner of the company, Mauri Kalliomäki and is used already in several Finnish and Swedish ports. The equipment meets the environmental requirements of the Swedish authorities (in Malmö and Gothenburg), which are the highest standard in the Baltic sea, following the guidelines of IMO and HELCOM.