Supplementary recommendations for a secure maintenance of Drive-in-boat washers

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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.

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. 

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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.

Decision Support Systems (DSS) are supporting tools enhancing a decision-making process. Decision-makers are faced with the difficulty of taking decisions especially on very complex issues. This usually needs input of large data sets and a timely decision process is required. DSSs are multi-faceted tools to provide decision makers with an instrument to (a) reduce uncertainties, (b) simplify and speed-up the decision process without losing essential information, (c) avoid subjectivism induced by the decision-maker and (d) guarantee transparency of the entire decision process. The DSS approach was introduced in Ballast Water Management (BWM) because of the selective BWM approach, which means that the appropriate BWM measures to take vary depending on the different levels of risk posed by the intended ballast water discharge, which also depends on the BWM feasibility in certain circumstances. More precisely, it was soon recognised that a supporting tool is needed to provide transparency and consistency on BWM requirement decisions with the aim to improve environmental protection and to lessen the BWM burden on vessels.

Please note, that the document has been updated on the 8th of March 2021.

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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.

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.
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Participants from administrations and scientific sectors of seven Baltic Sea countries who are going to perform ballast water sampling and analysis met in a COMPLETE workshop organised in Hamburg at the beginning of May. For the first time, knowledge and practical hands-on exercises for all stages from planning and sampling to analysis were included in one seminar, which was supervised by the internationally recognised scientists Dr. Matej David and Dr. Stephan Gollasch. Starting with background knowledge on sampling and analysis tools and methods, the participants got the opportunity to carry out practical work in a laboratory and on board the TUI cruise liner „Mein Schiff 5“. All sections of the workshop took place right at the Elbe River, opposite to the Port of Hamburg that celebrated its 830th birthday in parallel. The gathered expertise will be further distributed by the participants, who also brought in their experience and questions concerning the further development of all ballast water issues. The materials of the workshop are provided by the COMPLETE project. In addition, a documentary on the practical exercises combined with interviews with the experts will be prepared.
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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.

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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.

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