According to Port of Tallinn, the cleaning and other procedures carried out on ships` hulls underwater surfaces can in their premises be conducted only when the residue is collected starting from May. This decision is yet a new step towards becoming the greenest port in the Baltic Sea area.
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 are just view to name. 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, “added Kaasik.
The hull cleaning service in Port of Tallinn water area can be provided from now on only with the permission of the Vessel Traffic Shift Manager, provided that cleaning residues are collected to prevent their release into the marine environment.