A step ahead in keeping sensitive seas free of sewage
The Baltic Sea is ecologically unique and the world’s largest brackish water areas. Over-fertilisation (also called eutrophication), caused by excessive inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus, is one of the biggest threats to the delicate nutrient balance of this vital ecosystem.
Sewage discharged from passenger ships contributes to this issue. However, thanks to new regulations banning this from happening, the situation should improve.
At Stena Line, we stopped discharging sewage into the Baltic Sea many years ago, instead using our own port reception facilities or in collaboration with others. We welcome the new legal requirements and hope these will push the rest of the industry in the right direction to keep our waterways less polluted.
There’s still a long way to go and our efforts are just one small step, but by combining a forward-thinking approach with wider efforts to reduce our vessels’ emissions and pollutants, we will continue striving to minimise our impact on life below water.