Supplementary recommendations for a secure maintenance of Drive-in-boat washers
The COMPLETE database on Biofouling management provides information on the status and opportunities for inwater cleaning (IWC) of commercial ships and leisure boats in the Baltic Sea Region. The database contains information on ports and marinas, their respective requirements and possibilities for IWC and the companies, which provide IWC service. The list of cleaning companies does not claim to be complete, but is updated regularly. Furthermore, you can find information on antifouling systems (AFS), the authorized substances and products by country.
Interactive map of hull cleaning services: view map
In the map only cleaning companies, which offer capture and filtration of the cleaning waste according the COMPLETE project recommendations, are included. The administrations of the ports have to be contacted to check if cleaning is permitted and what requirements for a cleaning have to be fulfilled.
eDNA sampling protocol for hull biofouling and ballast water monitoring, and guidelines for the monitoring of target non-indigenous species using molecular methods
This report has been developed as a part of the COMPLETE project (Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping) funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. In the COMPLETE project, Klaipeda university has lead the development of the innovative tool-kit for detection of non-indigenous species (NIS), including potential harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens (HAOPs) using rapidly evolving molecular methods. This report presents the following parts:
1) guidelines for the monitoring of non-indigenous species in biofouling,
2) guidelines for the monitoring of non-indigenous species in ballast water of ships; and
3) guidelines for the monitoring of target non-indigenous species.
Workshop - The Early Warning System (EWS) on findings of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens (HAOP) in the Baltic Sea and its implementation in the AquaNIS information system.
An online workshop was organized in the framework of an INTERREG Baltic Sea Region programme project COMPLETE. The workshop was organized by the Marine Research Institute, Klaipėda University and attended by 39 participants from 13 countries and intergovernmental organization HELCOM. The participants were introduced to a model agreement that defines the roles and responsibilities of those who send and receive the alert. The “Fast Track” was introduced, which aims to simplify the entry of the data required to send an alert. During the discussion, the participants were asked to answer questions (“Do you know what to do when you receive a warning signal?” and “Do you know which institutions in your country will you send a warning signal to?”). Finally, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire to summarize their views on how the EWS can help implement the Ballast Water Management Convention.
Please note, that the document has been updated on the 8th of March 2021.
This document provides the COMPLETE project outputs and deliverables related to biofouling management in the Baltic Sea Region, contributing to the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species (resolution MEPC.207(62)) which are currently under review (MEPC.1/Circ.811), and the Guidance for minimizing the transfer of invasive aquatic species as biofouling (hull fouling) for recreational craft (MEPC.1/Circ.792) in the Baltic Sea Region. The concept of the Regional Baltic Biofouling Management Roadmap was already submitted to HELCOM MARITIME 19-2019, being welcomed and supported, indicating the way forward for the further development of the concept into the attached proposal for a Biofouling Roadmap
Please note, that the document has been updated on the 9th of March 2021.
In-water cleaning (IWC) of boats and ships in the Baltic Sea Region – current procedures and future needs
This guidance provides biofouling management recommendations for recreational boaters to help minimize the risk of transferring non-indigenous species (NIS) from biofouling as well as niche areas in the Baltic Sea. The guide aims to share information of such practices that reduce the biofouling on recreational vessels and boat trailers which contributes to reducing the potential of NIS spreading in new habitats.
This protocol has been developed as a part of the COMPLETE-project (Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping) funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. The aim of this protocol is to identify the potential risk of non-indigenous species (NIS) transfer by leisure boats and trailers in the Baltic Sea region. The sampling methods were tested in Finland during summer 2018, and the final protocol was developed according to the field-testing experience.