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Shipping and the marine environment

The environmental status of the seas around Sweden – the Baltic Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak – is not uniformly good as a result of a range of human pressures. Shipping is one of the sectors that influences the marine environment. The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment (SIME) Shipping Group was set up by the institute in year 2013 to deepen knowledge of the impacts on marine environment from shipping.

The group consist of eight experts representing several universities/units and disciplines:

  • Chalmers University of Technology, environmental impact from shipping
  • Linneaus University, environmental impact from shipping
  • University of Gothenburg, environmental and shipping law as well as logistics
  • Linköping University, industrial ecology, focus on port and harbour systems
  • Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
  • SIME’s coordinating-office contributes with chair, social scientist, communication resources, and IT-support

Projects and activities

Activities normally have strong involvement of a wider network of experts. Some examples of activities:

– Publication of synthesis reports on

  • impacts of shipping in the Swedish marine environment.
  • managing the impact of shipping in the marine environment.

– Presentations about the impact of shipping to national agencies, at the annual Politicians week in Almedalen on the island of Gotland and to the annual meeting of HELCOM Maritime.

– AIS (Automatic Identification System) data on all vessel movements in Baltic Sea, Kattegat and part of Skagerrak since 2013. The data is delivered by HELCOM. 

– Authored debate articles in well-known Swedish newspapers about

  • the importance of using accurate knowledge about the links between shipping and the marine environment for decision makers.
  • the importance of awareness of shipping impact on marine environment.

– Thematic workshops on

  • supporting analysis of AIS data involving experts at universities and agencies
  • scrubbers involving representatives from scrubber producers, shipping sectors, agencies and research
  • hull cleaning in the sea involving representative from cleaning and shipping sectors, shipbrokers, ports, national and local agencies as well as research.

– The role of Port State Controls for the marine environment, a pilot-project.

Contact person:
Eva-Lotta Sundblad, chair of SIME shipping group.
email: Eva-Lotta Sundblad


Page Manager: Tina Johansen|Last update: 9/8/2019

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