We advised the Estonian Ministry of the Environment on matters related to the management of hazardous substances at sea.

Aiming to keep the sea safe

The Ministry of the Environment is aiming to change the regulations for hazardous substance management – specifically regarding ship-to-ship cargo transfer. This follows an incident where oil was being transferred within the area of the Pakri reserve (a Natura 2000 protected area) near Paldiski harbour.

Comparison with Finnish regulations

As part of the project we compiled an analysis comparing Estonian and Finnish jurisdictions and regulation for dangerous and hazardous substances. This analysis was important for the Ministry of the Environment because it helped them determine whether environmental regulations are stricter in Finland than in Estonia, and to what extent if so.

Thanks to the native Finnish-speakers in our team, we were able to compile the analysis of the regulations in Finland.

Our client team

Our team members advising the Ministry of the Environment and compiling the analysis were our Finnish and environmental law experts: partner Paul Künnap, senior associate Britta Retel, and associate Kirsi Johanna Koistinen, who were supported by legal assistant Joosep Kuusk.