After challenging negotiations, WWF is delighted that the long awaited ban of the discharge of sewage from passenger ships in the Baltic Sea has finally been agreed – something WWF has been working on for many years.
“WWF is delighted that this critical regulation to protect the Baltic Sea from the needless discharge of sewage from passenger ships has now been agreed – something we have been working on for the past 10 years. This is a clear victory for people and nature across the Baltic Sea and we remain committed to work with all stakeholders to ensure its effective implementation,” says Pauli Merriman, Director of the Baltic Ecoregion Programme.
The regulations will enter into force in 2019 for new passenger ships and in 2021 for existing passenger ships. The prohibition will be applicable in the Baltic Sea area, with some exceptions within areas of the Russian Federation, which will not enter into force until 2023.