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A special sea calls for special caution
Particular environmental caution should be taken when sailing in the Baltic Sea, a special area in terms of environmental regulation of shipping.
This information publication aims to give you a general overview of the regional environmental and safety of navigation measures applied in the Baltic Sea to maritime traffic. The focus is on commercial shipping which have to comply with IMO rules but some of the material might also be relevant for smaller vessels (fishing vessels, working vessels and pleasure craft).
Even if specific coastal countries or ports may have deviating practices the content should represent the regional best practice. For detailed and authoritative information on requirements please consult the original documents published by IMO, HELCOM or other referred organization. […]