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12th Trilateral Governmental Conference on the Protection of the WaddenSea
Tønder, 5 February 2014
Ministerial Council Declaration, Annex 5
Draft Version 12 December 2013
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Annex 5
1.1 Objective 2030
Preventing maritime accidents and therefore protecting the marine environment
remains a priority for the trilateral partners.
Despite an expected rise in maritime traffic in the wider North Sea area until 2030,
respectively in numbers and size of ships, and the development in offshore
installations the trilateral partners work closely together both on the international and
national level to reduce the low number of accidents in relation to traffic density even
further, but at least keep it at the current level. By taking into account and supporting
actively the technical developments on board and onshore they constantly improve
their existing preventive measures and establish additional ones if deemed
1.2 Current Status & Challenges 2030
Considering the number of ships every day in the North Sea and due to the
preventive measures introduced by the trilateral partners, the rate of
accidents has been constantly very low.
Trilateral partners have in accordance with the international Convention for
the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) established Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)
along their coasts
Via VHF-connection from simple weather information to support in difficult
navigational or meteorological conditions up to compulsory measures if
deemed necessary the VTS-C communicates directly to the ship and vice
Keeping emergency towing capacities stand-by and cooperate between the
trilateral partners in case of a maritime emergency
Establishment of mandatory and compulsory pilotage for ships of certain
types and sizes, e.g. on fairways to ports has been established
Establishment of Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) with a firm regulation for
certain vessels e.g. vessels carrying dangerous goods or deep draft vessels
Using state-of-the-art navigational aids
direction finder, e-navigation
e.g. buoyage, Radar, AIS, VHF-
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Trilateral parties in the EU use the SafeSeaNetwork (SSN) for the exchange
of information on vessels and their cargo
1.3 Measures
Continue to work on behalf of maritime safety on IMO and EU-level
By taking into account the on-going technical development continue to
improve existing VTS, including comprehensive monitoring, e.g. through IALA
(International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse
In addition to constant national risk assessments using Bonn Agreementwide initiatives like the BE AWARE project to cooperate between
neighbouring states in the wider North Sea area to increase the comparability
of results and therefore the possibilities of cooperation
Study possibilities on the level of the competent authorities on how to improve
the cooperation on the operational level, e.g. information exchange, between
VTS-Cs from trilateral partners and establish a reporting system for certain
commercial ships in the Wadden Sea PSSA
Continue on national level to review all preventive measures into account the
on-going development, e.g. expected higher density of traffic, construction of
offshore wind farms etc. in order to at least keep the current level of safety
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2.1 Objective 2030
For a comprehensive protection of the Wadden Sea PSSA/Wadden Sea World
Heritage ships will operate in the area and in the wider North Sea under strict
pollution regulations with no discharges and release of alien species allowed, but
energy efficient and with emissions and container loss kept to a minimum.
2.2 Current Status & Challenges 2030
• Regarding the expected increase in the overall fuel consumption, the IMO
released regulations to stimulate continuous technical development of fuel
efficient ships. The implementation of these measures will lead to a significant
decrease of emissions like CO2, NOx, SOx and PM.
The North Sea is declared as sulphur emission controlled area (SECA) in
effect from 2007. Regarding the reduction of NOx and particulate matter (PM)
emissions discussions in Europe are still on-going. Meanwhile alternative
energy sources like liquefied natural gas (LNG), fuel cells and H2 are already
tested and will be implemented where possible.
Many ports invest in basic infrastructure to address insufficient land based
electricity supply to decrease fuel consumption and corresponding emissions.
The Green Shipping initiative is an example for efforts by the shipping sector
to lower environmental impacts. Port authorities founded initiatives like
Ecoports and the World Port Climate Initiative (WPCI) to improve the
environmental situation in ports, surrounding areas and the transport chain.
European Ports are engaged in the field of environmental management.
• About 20% of the global discharges of wastes and residues at sea are
considered as generated from shipping activities (EMSA). According to
MARPOL the North Sea is designated as a “special area”. Since 2000 the
“Directive 2000/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on port
reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues” is effective
and should prevent ships from discharging their wastes at sea. Still there is a
problem with plastic waste originating from ships in the North Sea. European
Ports are engaged in the field of environmental management and IMO
regulations on the reduction of oil spills through technical solutions. Numbers
of oiled beached birds have declined significantly over the last decades in the
Wadden Sea, pelagic seabirds, notably common guillemots, still have
relatively high oiling rates (QSR 2009).
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Underwater noise is emitted as a by-product from the shipping and the off
shore industry. Research on the severity of these impacts e.g. on harbour
porpoises is still on-going.
Ballast water treatment and anti-fouling
• The transport of invasive alien species in ships’ ballast water and as
biofouling on ship hulls with a potential release into the Wadden Sea or
adjacent areas has been discovered as a major (biological) threat to the
ecosystem. With the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management
Convention in 2012/2013 an international instrument for the treatment and
handling of ballast will be confirmed. These regulations will not challenge the
problem of species being transported attached to ship hulls (biofouling), the
avoidance of corresponding toxic anti-fouling substances, and in water hull
The MSFD will enhance monitoring efforts (by 2014) and it is aiming for “good
environmental status” in European waters including the German and the
Danish Wadden Sea by 2020.
2.3 Measures
The three countries will support appropriate IMO initiatives with the goal to
further reduce ship emissions both on sea and in the ports as already stated
in the Wadden Sea Plan 2010.
The three member states will support OSPAR and HELCOM countries in their
initiative to apply for Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Emission Control Area (NECA)
status. The introduction of alternative energy, propulsion technologies and
low draught hull designs in Wadden Sea World Heritage area and the wider
North Sea should be promoted. Alternative energy supplies should be
implemented in ports.
Promote European initiatives to support the implementation of an adequate
system for ship-generated waste and support harmonization of a “no special
fee” system similar to the corresponding HELCOM initiative 2010.
Existing obstacles (e.g. charges) for the fishermen to deliver marine litter
found in their nets to a Port Reception Facility (PRF) should be investigated1.
Prevention of oil spills and other hazardous substances, residual materials
and litter to the aquatic environment and wildlife. Activities aiming at
improving enforcement (surveillance and prosecution) of agreed regulations
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and policies to prevent illegal discharges will be continued and corresponding
fines have to be adjusted where possible2.
Paraffin pollution is a problem for the beaches along the North Sea including
the Wadden Sea. Denmark sent a submission to IMO (BLG/ESPH in October
2013). The measures could be both, more monitoring through authorities like
Port State Controls (PSC), and stiffening of the regulations covering
discharge of cargo-residuals. Research projects in this field like in SchleswigHolstein should be supported.
Support the development of guidelines and technical and operational
measures for the reduction of underwater noise currently under development
within IMO.
Ballast water treatment and anti-fouling
Implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention when in
Apply/implement IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee 2011
guidelines for control and management of ships’ fouling and consider
measures indicated in the trilateral Strategy for Alien Species.
Prevention of container loss
Following Supporting initiatives like [email protected] The project is aiming to
prevent lashings systems from failing. A second aim is to increase lashing
efficiency where possible, incl. proper cargo handling.
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3.1 Objective 2030
Achieve a level of awareness and education of the Wadden Sea PSSA and its
function amongst stakeholders that will contribute to the safety of maritime traffic and
the protection of the area.
3.2 Current Status & Challenges 2030
The Sylt Declaration agreed to recognize the importance of shipping to the Wadden
Sea Region and to coordinate and intensify raising the awareness and education for
the Wadden Sea PSSA and other relevant regulations to mariners and relevant
stakeholders. The stakeholder workshop 2011 confirmed that the degree of
awareness with regard to the Wadden Sea PSSA is low and needs to be improved;
the focus in terms of future awareness should be the sensitivity of the Wadden Sea
including its status as a World Heritage property, as well as the function and purpose
of the Wadden Sea PSSA, which is to protect it from impacts from international
maritime activities. Meanwhile the Wadden Sea PSSA appears on all national and
the relevant UKHO-nautical charts. The IMO has decided to establish a special
exhibition on PSSA at its headquarter in London. The Wadden Sea is naturally part
of the exhibition.
3.3 Measures
Include appropriate information on the sensitivity and purpose of the PSSA in the
Port Information Guides of all ports.
The information must be targeted to mariners which are those with the greatest
ability to protect the environment and exercise caution when they operate in or
adjacent to the PSSA.
Include (Wadden Sea) PSSA in the curriculum of nautical education.
The environmental awareness education including PSSA should become part of
the new Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) Code at
nautical colleges. Pro-Sea and standardized education material may support and
promote education in this regard. In order to reach this the IMO has to be
Establish a Wadden Sea PSSA Ambassadors Programme.
Invite and educate a number of relevant persons with long term experience in
and/or high profile in the maritime industry to act as ambassadors for the cause of
the Wadden Sea PSSA during events, conferences, meetings etc. Such
programme should be related to the trilateral communication strategy.
Bi-/Tri-annual Progress Report
A bi-/tri-annual progress report should be published on the PSSA Wadden Sea
based on the data collected within the Trilateral Monitoring and Assessment
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Programme including incidents reported in the period ensuing from the incident
reporting database.
Look at practices of other PSSAs worldwide
Learn from practices of other PSSAs worldwide and clarify if those would make
sense to be implemented to enhance the awareness on the Wadden Sea as well.
General awareness
Efforts should be increased to inform the general public in the three countries on
the Wadden Sea PSSA.
Communication of measures already in place
An effort should be made to inform the general public and expert audience in the
three countries on all those measures that have already been implemented within
the past years (see Current status & Challenges 2030 of all 5 vision documents).
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4.1 Objective 2030
Maritime activities e.g. shipping, oil & gas exploration and exploitation, wind energy
parks and recreation may due to circumstances cause an incident. Also, the daily
operation may lead to non-permitted emissions to the water column.
If an unfortunate event occurs posing a threat to the (marine) environment the
partners will respond without delay, either individually or in a joint effort. Sufficient
means will have to be in place and would be deployed by well-educated and trained
4.2 Current Status & Challenges 2030
Long term analyses of collected data on floating pollution (mineral oil) released by
ships or offshore indicate a sharp decline both in numbers as in volumes.
Further reduction of discharges is an international effort.
Assessment of the impact to the PSSA Area of input of oil and Hazardous and
Noxious Substances (HNS) by ships is produced at the level of the BONN
AGREEMENT as a result - a risk analysis - of the BE-AWARE project. The three
PSSA partners are member of the BONN AGREEMENT and consider the
outcome of the project as the basis for defining the level of Preparedness.
This risk-analysis is regularly reviewed.
Incidents in the PSSA area and the wider North Sea may have an impact on the
coastal area and on wildlife. The level of preparedness in the three countries is
considered to be at a high level also due to the best available technology.
Preparedness and Response are individually initiated. However in specific seaareas, so-called Quick Response Zones, neighboring countries agreed on
dedicated response plans under the Bonn Agreement umbrella. Additionally
recourse on a mutual agreement concerning emergency towing capacity in case
of need is in force.
PSSA partners strive to establish a common approach for responding to any
maritime incident. Scenarios are fully developed and implemented e.g. in the
DenGerNeth plan.
An integrated response plan is established in co-operation between responders
and nature conservation authorities as well as port authorities. This plan is
regularly reviewed.
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4.3 Measures
Continue to co-operate at the level of the BONN AGREEMENT on risk analysis,
sensitivity mapping, pollution response capacity and response to polluted
Continue to obtain data on polluted wildlife (mainly birds) as the existing,
internationally accepted, measurement tool on the status of pollution by hydro
carbons in the marine environment.
Continue to co-operate in the BONN AGREEMENT in the field of satellite and
airborne Remote Sensing with the objective to detect and observe pollution and
polluting sources.
Continue to study possible technical improvements on response strategies,
measures and equipment also considering the principles of Net Environmental
and Economic Benefit Analysis (NEEBA) approach.
Continue to organize the annual equipment exercise in the PSSA area and the
adjacent area according to DenGerNeth.
Study possibilities to extend the exercise participants with other stakeholders.
Initiate research on new technical and pragmatic means to respond to oil
pollution. Focus should be given to the specific PSSA Wadden Sea hydrodynamic conditions. Additionally the communication of the results of response
measures with stakeholders should be improved. Additionally, improve the
communication of the results into the shipping and conservation community.
Initiate discussion at (inter)national level to agree on common approach with
regard loss of cargo or wrecks.
Continue to co-operate at EU level on the issue of “Potentially Polluting Wrecks”
and also on Claims Management.
Initiate a trilateral harmonized approach for an inventory of PSSA sub-regions
with regard to the environmental sensitivity to oil and HNS (sensitivity mapping)
as a basis for further developments of emergency plans.
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5.1 Objective 2030
At national level within the trilateral parties data is collected, analyzed and presented
in reports. Information about the PSSA area and North Sea is published annually.
Relevant data required for understanding the PSSA area and the North Sea is
shared in the CWSS.
With respect to autonomous responsibilities of stakeholders, co-operation is
intensified on a pragmatic basis.
5.2 Current Status & Challenges 2030
The organizations concerned manage their business according their legal
autonomous responsibility.
The CWSS publishes reports on their web-site and strives to collect information
at national administrations and in international fora.
Cooperation between the secretariat and representing authorities of the three
parties endorse the initiatives to improve the information sharing and making
information available to the public.
5.3 Measures
Trilateral parties and the CWSS will investigate the feasibility of making
information available, defining what sources could be consulted and what
information is required.
Facilities, such as internet links, will be used to simplify the exchange of data
and information. E.g. link to Bonn Agreement web-site and national web-sites in
order to be informed on actual accidents or annual reports.