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Additional Measures for Protection of Baltic Sea Approved by IMO 24th Assembly

On July 22, 2005, at the 53rd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Baltic Sea was declared a particularly sensitive sea area, excluding the areas under the jurisdiction of Russia (the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland and the Kaliningrad area).

At the recent 24th session of the IMO Assembly, additional measures for the protection of the Baltic Sea were adopted: new traffic separation schemes in the vicinity of Bornholm and Rügen. It is recommended that deep draught vessels (>12 m) use a separate route from Kõpu Peninsula to Bornholm. Amendments to the traffic separation schemes off Gotland Island and south of Gedser were also made. Two areas were identified south of Gotland to be avoided by all ships of GT 500 or more. Additional measures take effect on July 1, 2006.