15th Meeting of HELCOM MARITIME Group
15th Meeting of HELCOM MARITIME group (thereinafter – the Meeting), hosted by the Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration, will be held in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on 23-25 November, 2015.
The Meeting, among others, will discuss the national progress in ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, remaining regional tasks in preparing for the entry into force of this Convention. The Meeting will also consider enforcement of the new limits for SOx emissions, entered into force in the Baltic Sea from 1 January 2015, and preliminary results regarding scrubbing technology and associated legislation. The Meeting should also agree on the roadmap for designating a NOx emission control area (NECA) in the Baltic Sea in parallel with the North Sea, including the date of submission of the parallel applications to the IMO and the date of compliance for new ships in both NECAs.
Another important question on the agenda - sewage discharges from ships and port reception facilities: proposals on amendments to MARPOL Annex IV, Special Area process, as well as information and experience on on-board sewage treatment equipment meeting the MARPOL Annex IV Special Area standards. Agenda of the meeting can be downloaded from Helcom portal at portal.helcom.fi