UPM will discharge waste water generated by ships ashore

UPM is the first Finnish company, acting as shipper and charterer, to discharge its ship-generated wastewater on land and to use various circular economy solutions in wastewater treatment. The pledge was released today, on World Oceans Day, to the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG). The new model will be implemented in the ports of Rauma, Hamina, Kotka and Pietarsaari, which are the four most important ports for UPM’s operations.

“Responsible waste management in shipping and the use of modern technology in the treatment of waste generated by ships is an obvious strategic choice for UPM,” says Lauri Rikala, Director, Global Break Bulk Shipping at UPM. “We have been actively cooperating with Baltic Sea Action Group for more than ten years and have made several commitments. It was therefore only natural that we combine our strengths and our expertise in this project.”

The pledge has been made for the years 2022-2026, and it will focus on promoting BSAG’s Ship Waste Action (SWA) initiative. The initiative aims to establish a model in which effluents from cargo ships are discharged at the port and their nutrients are recycled through circular economy solutions. For example, UPM is exploring the possibilities of using nutrients recycled from sewage generated by ships in its own sewage treatment plants. Thus, the company contributes to its own 2030 goal of using only recycled nutrients in its treatment plants.

UPM’s commitment is a significant step forward in a situation where it is still legal to discharge sewage from cargo ships into the sea.

In addition to discharging sewage on land, UPM and Baltic Sea Action Group will together explore the possibilities of discharging wash water from cargo holds on land for possible later reuse.

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