The Friendly Port Initiative it`s a project of the Baltic Sail Association to establish sustainable and common port regulations for traditional vessels and special purpose sail training vessels in Baltic harbours.
One of the main goals is to preserve traditional vessels in operation for future generations and as a trade mark of northern Europe. They are masterpieces of European maritime heritage, representing maritime traditions and culture. They are eye catchers in the harbours not only during maritime festivals.
The old-timers, still in operation, driven by the wind, steam or engine, are as well perfect tools to promote the Baltic Sea Region as a peaceful, borderless, unique first class maritime resort with impressive coastlines, pulsating seaside spots and growing harbour cities, breathing long traditions by their sights.
The members of the Baltic Sail Association appeal for a “Friendly Ports Commitment” to be signed by Baltic harbour cities, Baltic ports or Baltic marinas, offering special conditions for vessels, nationally registered as traditional vessel or operated as special purpose (sail training) ship with the intention to keep the ship in operation or to train traditional maritime craftsmanship.
This commitment shall also become a symbol of maritime cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region and contribute to sustainable growth of maritime heritage tourism as factor of economic development.
The “Friendly Ports Commitment” shall contain at least the following regulation:
Nationally registered traditional vessels or vessels, operated as special purpose (sail training) ship with the intention to keep the ship in operation or to train traditional maritime craftsmanship will not get charged harbour dues for 24 hours after time of arrival / berthing.
All Baltic harbour cities / Baltic ports / Baltic marinas confirming the commitment will become listed on a.m. website including a link to their respective webpage.
Thank you for supporting this initiative!
The Baltic Sail Committee in 2020