From 13th to 15th of March 2019, the international conference “Traditional Shipping in European Waters” took place in Rostock. It was organized by the Baltic Sail Committee and the EMH European Maritime Heritage Association . It was a milestone of the EU Project BALTIC PASS. Goal of the project is to develop bookable products on traditional vessels, cruising in the Baltic: Baltic Maritime Heritage Tours.
60 participants from 15 European countries participated in the conference, which was a perfect networking tool between stakeholders. Baltic Sail Association has organized such conferences in the past four times. EMH as European umbrella for traditional ships in operation has highlighted the importance of the Baltic Sail initiative at the Lord Mayors welcome dinner.
As the result of the conference, the Second Rostock Declaration was signed by Holger Bellgardt (Baltic Sail Association), David Morgan (President EMH), Anders Berg (Honorary President EMH) and Jan-Matthias Westermann (Chairmann GSHW/ German umbrella organisation for traditional vessels). You can watch it here.
Within the framework of the International Conference, this years Baltic Sai Spring Meeting took place as well.
During this years Baltic Sail Spring Meeting, many different issues have been on the agenda. One topic was again the appeal for a commitment “Friendly Port”, to be signed by Baltic ports or Baltic harbour cities, offering special conditions for vessels, nationally registered as traditional vessel or operated as special purpose sail training ship: no harbour dues apply for 24 hrs per harbour call.
The Baltic Sail Association exists for 23 years now and combines efforts to highlight Baltic maritime traditions. By today the association is having eight member cities and is open minded for new partner cities or other interested bodies.
Main goal of the Baltic Sea Association with the seaport cities – Rostock, Szczecin, Gdansk, Riga, Klaipéda, Nysted, Karlskrona and Turku – is to preserve traditional vessels, masterpieces of European cultural maritime heritage, representing maritime traditions, in operation for future generations and as a trade mark of the Baltic Sea Region.