|Legislative instrument title||Helsinki Convention [Article 20, paragraph b]|
|Sibling reporting obligations|
|Type of obligation||Expected|
|Participating countries/territories||Denmark , Estonia , Finland , Germany , Latvia , Lithuania , Poland , Russian Federation , Sweden|
Involves an evaluation on the need for escort towing services for laden oil and chemical tankers on voyages to and from oil and chemical ports, terminals and off-shore loading places where a failure of propulsion or steering of a tanker is likely to cause a severe pollution incident due to narrow straits, shallow depths, archipelago areas and/or ice conditions during winter period.
Under the new HELCOM reporting strategy there will be more focus on establishing links between driving forces, pressures, state and impacts in the Baltic environment. The intension is to collate all relevant data reported by contracting parties under current European legislative drivers and to request additional data only where it is deemed to be necessary. This will reduce the burden on Contracting Parties and imprive efficiency of overall assessment process.