2015:23. ZVT. Anita Mäkinen, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency. GotMoS.

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Listen to the interview with Anita Mäkinen, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency or read the transcript below.

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– Anita Mäkinen, thank you for participating at this Motorways of the Sea conference. Can you please introduce yourself?

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– I’m Anita Mäkinen, coming from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency where I’m acting as a chief advisor to the Director General of the maritime sector. I’m dealing with shipping, attending IMO meetings, EU meetings and HELCOM maritime meetings in the field of shipping.

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– Thank you. Please give a short resume from your held presentation.

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– In my presentation, I was telling about the need to establish this new form of, this new collaboration platform called Green Technology and Alternative Fuels. First, what was the need to establish that, then what other at present and what will be the future of this initiative. And so I described what was the need; it was all those new and future regulations we have on ship air emissions, for example Marpol Annex VI, and regionally the Sulphur Directive, we have EDI, we have SEMP, we have NECA discussions here in the region if we should submit a Baltic NECA application to the IMO, and we are also at global level we are discussing about the new climate change convention. And, additionally we have also this EU infrastructure or the new EU directive on infrastructure for alternative fuels. So that was the need. And in shipments we have established this new platform already in 2014, and also developed a road map for its activities and now at this point, we are well, actually already last year HELCOM Maritime Group established a new subgroup to work on this issue, so now this platform is formalized. And for the future, now in the next maritime meeting that will take place in a couple of weeks in Klaipėda, the Maritime 15 meeting is invited to first of all to make a decision what the next steps will be and if there’s a need for face to face meetings, and also to nominate members to this new subgroup, both from public and private sectors.

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– Thank you. What is the most important issue to solve in the Baltic Sea perspective?

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– You mean concerning shipping?

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– Yes.

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– At the moment, I think it is to harmonize the implementation of different regulations, either coming from global level, from EU or HELCOM level; either global or regional levels. What I can see in those discussions I have been involved with, the problem is that in some, well, the implementation is not harmonized, and this makes it difficult for example for ship owners to know what is allowed in country A in the Baltic Sea area, what’s allowed in member states B and so on. And for example, I can give you an example, for example the use of scrubbers; if that is allowed in all Baltic Sea countries. Some, to my understanding, some Member States they have denied the use of scrubbers in their territorial waters, and I can understand that this can be very harmful for and difficult to understand for ship owners at this point when we are enforcing the MARPOL Annex VI and also the Sulphur Directive.

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– Yes, of course. To learn from other transport modes, what do you think is the primary issue, if any, that shipping as a transport mode should look further into?

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– I have been dealing with aviation for the region, aviation and shipping, they are related at a global level, but I have also partly been working with the road traffic and it’s difficult to compare all the modes of traffic, for the reason that road traffic is the mostly regulated at EU level, without any global interactions, or how to put it. So, I think shipping should look more closely what is happening, – well it depends which level we are now talking about – if we are talking about global level then shipping and IMO should look carefully at what’s happening at ECA, because next year when ECA will have an assembly, they should be ready to have binding regulations for aviation and how to cut CO2 emissions, and we are only ...

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