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01.11.2017 10:34

The second BONUS Symposium brought together over 100 participants from 15 countries around the globe to discuss sustainable shipping in Gothenburg on 24-25 October 2017

Given the importance of shipping for the transport of goods on a global scale, there is a growing interest in its sustainability. The second BONUS Symposium ‘SHIPPING AND THE ENVIRONMENT: From regional to global perspectives’ was initiated by Dr. Jana Moldanova of the BONUS SHEBA project and co-organised with Professor David Turner from University of Gothenburg representing SOLAS (International Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study). The BONUS SHEBA project addresses a wide range of environmental impacts of shipping in the Baltic Sea including air pollution, marine pollution, underwater noise and climate change as well as the socio-economic consequences of these impacts. BONUS SHEBA is also a flagship project of the EUBSR priority area ‘SHIP’ and affiliated project to the Baltic Earth. SOLAS is an international project “linking ocean-atmosphere interactions with climate and people”.

Researchers and students from atmospheric, marine and climate research, environmental economics, political and social science; representatives of environmental and transport agencies; environmental managers from governmental, regional and local organisations; people from maritime transport sector – altogether 117 persons with different background from 15 different counties (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, PR China, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States) gathered to discuss interactions between maritime business and environment.Besides the organiser BONUS SHEBA, also other BONUS projects dealing with marine pollution, namely BONUS CHANGE and ZEB, were among the presenters. Also, the final seminar of BONUS CHANGE and antifouling practices will take place next week on 7 November in Helsinki (register at

The opening words were delivered by Dr. Moldanova and Professor Turner, as well as by Dr. Andris Andrusaitis on behalf of the BONUS Secretariat.

Noteworthy is to mention that both keynote speakers and almost all invited speakers came from outside Europe – from the United States and from the PR China. In his keynote speech, Professor James Corbett from the University of Delaware, USA, draw a broad global picture of impacts and relations between shipping and the environment. (Assistant) Professor Kate Mackey from the University of California Irvine, USA, gave an overview of how atmospheric deposition influences marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry.

Five thematic sessions covered different aspects of maritime transport – atmospheric processes and impacts of shipping on air pollution; assessment of integrated effects on environment and climate; marine processes and impacts of shipping on marine pollution and marine ecosystems; impact of shipping on noise pollution, and last but not least - society-socio-economic aspects of the impacts of shipping and relevant policies. Invited speakers Peter Louie from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department and Shen Yin from Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Centre gave overview of how the problems are addressed in China. Dr. Mar Viana from IDAEA–CSIC, Spain, talked about how maritime transport emissions impact the air quality on coastal areas and Dr. Dietrich Wittekind from DW-ShipConsult GmbH (Germany’s leading company for noise and vibration control on ships) about noise generation of commercial ships.

In the final panel, the representatives from science discussed with representatives of environmental, governmental and regional organisations about how to bridge the gap between science, management and industry to ensure sustainable shipping in the future.

Noteworthy is to mention that vivid discussion took place also during the poster sessions – there were altogether 35 poster presentations.

In the conclusion, Dr Moldanova thanked all participants for active participation and agitated to arrange similar conference also in the future, “let’s say after two years”. The great interest towards the conference proves that there is a lot of enthusiasm and lot of different aspects to discuss.

  • Further information about the Symposium and plans to publish the conference presentations in a journal will be made available through the Symposium website at
  • BONUS in Brief October 2017 guest column article on highlights of the BONUS SHEBA projects' results by Jana Moldanova, Volker Matthias, Ilja Maljutenko and Jukka-Pejja Jalkanen  


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