The Baltic Sea.
Kiel is a port on the Baltic Sea, which due to its character is a very sensitive navigated and protected area. The regulations regarding vessel emissions, waste and waste-water disposal, oil tanker equipment, the usage of marine coatings and the discharge of ballast water are much more stringent here than in most other navigated areas in the world. The Baltic Sea is one of the cleanest navigated areas whatsoever – together with the coasts of the USA – not least because of its designation as an Emission Control Area (ECA). Shipping companies are investing in new technologies to make their vessels even more efficient and to reduce emissions on a sustained basis. We believe that the worldwide implementation of the 0.5 per cent threshold value for sulphur in vessel emissions as of 2020 is the right way towards a cleaner environment.
Over 90 percent of world trade, almost 95 percent of the European Union’s foreign trade and nearly 70 percent of the German im- and export are realized by seatrade. Maritime transport does not only provide the most powerful means of transport in international exchange of goods, but also the most efficient one with respect to transport-related energy consumption and subsequent pollution.
PORT OF KIEL
However, there is still room for improvement. We want to do our bit and become one of the flagship ports on the Baltic Sea. The port is continuing to grow. And this is advantageous in ecological terms as the shipping industry is the transport mode with the lowest emission of greenhouse gases, measured by the transport performance in ton kilometres.