The idea of the award is to acknowledge outstanding activities of EU funded projects that actively contribute to reducing shipping emissions, support a coherent maritime spatial planning, help making the Baltic Sea a model area for clean and competitive shipping and bring environmental-friendly maritime sector together. The award was initiated in 2013 by the Baltic Sea Forum in cooperation with the project InnoShip from the previous Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007 – 2013 and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics.
Interreg Baltic Sea Region’s projects on podium
As many as three Interreg Baltic Sea Region’s projects received the Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award this year. The award ceremony coincided with the 8th Annual Forum of the Baltic Sea Region held in Berlin on 13-14 June.
Green Cruise Port took the second prize in the category “Infrastructure”: “We are very happy about the award,” says Ingo Fehrs from Hamburg Port Authority, lead partner of Green Cruise Port. “The prize is a big support to us because it helps to promote our messages; we want to be seen by the stakeholders.” The project is dedicated to ensuring sustainable development of cruise port locations in the Baltic Sea region.
In the "Innovation and Technology" category, the Go LNG project received the second prize. “The award is very important to us for two reasons: it is very important the project group internally to understand that they are doing the right thing. Secondly, this is a political support for us in a future implementation of the project helping to promote our project. It gives some recognition and brings up the quality of the projects result with the better access to the policy makers or industry,” says Andrius Sutnikas, project coordinator for the Go LNG project. Go LNG facilitates and promotes the use of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping in the Baltic Sea region.
The board also presented an award in the special category “Innovation and Science”. This time, the first prize went to the MARELITT Baltic project which helps the Baltic Sea by reducing the impact of derelict fishing gear.