COMPLETE is an EU INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project aimed at minimizing the introduction and spread of harmful
aquatic organisms and pathogens by shipping through the development of
consistent and adaptive management strategies and tools for the Baltic Sea
region by addressing both major vectors: ballast water and biofouling.
COMPLETE will deliver knowledge and tools to implement HELCOM’s roadmap for regional implementation of the outstanding issues on the BWMC inthe Baltic Sea and will also assist relevant authorities in
implementing Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the
Council, aiming to protect native biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The COMPLETE project to run for 3 years (2017-2020) consists of six working packages:
WP1 Project Management and Administration
WP2 Guidelines for surveillance and monitoring program of non-indigenous species
WP3 Ballast water risk assessment and management systems
WP4 Evidence-based options for biofouling management in the Baltic Sea Region
WP5 Databases and user-friendly information support
WP6 Stakeholder involvement and strategy development processes
partnership is formed by:
Kotka Maritime Research Association (KMRA/FI) (Project Coordinator)
Klaipėda University (KU/LT)
Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
Institute, Marine Research Centre (SYKE/FI)
University of Gdansk (UG/PL)
University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Sciences (UH/FI)
University of Technology (CHALMERS/SE)
Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH/DE)
Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK/FI)
University of Tartu
Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (KAT/FI)
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LIAE/LV)
organizations represent shipping companies, port authorities, governmental
bodies, NGOs, and research institutions from all Baltic Sea countries.
COMPLETE project will held a stakeholder conference in Jurmala (Latvia), 4–5 December 2019.
Stakeholder conference portal
Ms. Marta Ruiz
Associate Professional Secretary