In-water cleaning (IWC) of boats and ships in the Baltic Sea Region – current procedures and future needs
This workshop report presents the results of the information compiled and discussions held by the participants who joined the COMPLETE In-water cleaning workshop on May 27th -28th 2019 at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH), Hamburg, Germany. The results of the workshop show that the subject of the IWC in the Baltic Sea Region requires coordinated efforts among the relevant authorities (e.g. Maritime Authorities, Environmental Agencies, Port Authorities, Water Authorities) in the individual countries with the aim of harmonisation at national and later, regional level. This is crucial to ensure consistent conditions for IWC, transparency for stakeholders, and an environmentally sound implementation of IWC.