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Competition with foreign ports is stiff. How can we improve our ports’ competitiveness? Management practices regarding ports’ environmental impacts vary substantially across different countries, despite the fact that in the EU, for example, this is governed by Union-wide common legislation. Disparate management practices can affect ports’ opportunities for development and expansion, as well as their competitiveness. No comprehensive research into the different management approaches has been conducted, however, and no comparison exists of the ways in which requirements are implemented.

This project sought to produce data on these management practices especially in those Baltic Sea countries whose ports play a significant role in Finnish transport chains, to gauge the impact of various environmental practices on ports’ competitiveness, and to identify ways in which these practices could be harnessed for marketing purposes.

Based on the data produced during the project, conclusions were drawn regarding the extent to which environmental practices impact competitiveness, the ways in which these practices could be harnessed for marketing purposes, and the need for international harmonisation. The data can now be used as a basis for decisions concerning the port sector. Furthermore, comparative data was produced on the practices in different countries, aimed at port sector actors and the authorities responsible for managing the environmental impact of ports in Finland.


Contributors included Kymenlaakso Regional Council, Turku University, the City of Kotka, HaminaKotkan Satama Oy, Finnpilot Pilotage Oy and the Port of Helsinki.

Project partners

Kotka Maritime Research Association (coordinator)
Turku University Brahea centre for maritime research and training

IMISS 2015 – International Maritime Incident and Near Miss Reporting Conference

25 August 2015, Maritime Centre Vellamo, Kotka, Finland

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The topic of the IMISS 2015 conference is Safety-II thinking, which means proactive safety management approach The essential features of proactive safety management are anticipation, preparedness, responsiveness and monitoring. The internationally recognized specialist professor Erik Hollnagel is invited to give keynote lecture which is titled “Bon Voyage – Sailing Safely from a Safety-II Perspective”. Leader of one of the research groups in the Kotka Maritime Research Center doctor Jakub Montewka from Aalto University and Finnish Geospatial Research Institute will speak about proactive safety management in marine traffic. Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Dimitrios Rakas from National Technical University of Athens give a presentation about human factor onboard vessels analyzed by using near miss cases.

Second part of the seminar is dedicated to show how theory is changed into practice. Pilotage Director Kari Kosonen from Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd will describe the case Finnpilot, where the state of the art and unique application is used to collect deviation information. The application is developed in co-operation with the Kotka Maritime Research Center and the Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd. The analyst Valtteri Lainefrom Finnish Transport Safety Agency will give presentation about utilization of safety information in the Finnish Transport Safety Agency which represents a practical approach for Safety II thinkin.

Researcher Olli-Pekka Brunila from Turku University will describe a study which is aimed to show what kind of environmental assessment and management systems and practices are used in the ports in the Baltic Sea region and how affect the ports’ competitiveness. Near miss cases in environmental management systems are also notified in order to prevent possible environmental hazards. The location of harbors nearby the cities increases the importance of the matter.

Final seminar on 25 August 2015 in the context of the IMISS 2015 seminar, part of the Maritime Safety Week

The project’s final seminar will be held in Kotka at Maritime Centre Vellamo on 25 August, in the context of the international IMISS 2015 seminar. The seminar coincides with the Maritime Safety Week that will see a wide range of events organised in Kotka and Helsinki. Project results will be discussed by Project Director Olli-Pekka Brunila from Turku University’s Brahea Centre for maritime training and research in a presentation entitled ”Ports’ environmental management in the Baltic Sea”.

Implementation time

1.8.2015 - 31.8.2016