Port of Bremen’s CLEAN project
The first German guidelines for granting permits for underwater hull cleaning at the Bremen and Bremerhaven ports have been published as a result of the ‘CLEAN’ project, with the aim of reducing pollutants into port waters thanks to proactive cleaning on abrasion-resistant, biocide-free coatings for the shipping business. These guidelines create a sound legal basis for the development and use of innovative methods which satisfy the legal requirements, meaning that new cleaning techniques can be developed as part of proactive antifouling management. To date there are no binding national or international regulations for granting a permit for underwater hull cleaning in ports.
Source: Port Strategy