BPO was created on October 10, 1991, in Copenhagen, in order to enable cooperation among the ports and improve the possibilities for shipping in the Baltic Sea region.
It consists of 47 members, and aspires to contribute to economic, social and environmentally sustainable development of maritime transport and the port industry in the Baltic Sea region, eventually enhancing its global competitiveness.
Welcoming the Baltic Ports Organization, Dr. Patrick Verhoeven, Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) and Coordinator of the World Ports Sustainability Program commented:
We are delighted that BPO has decided to join our Program and look forward to sharing their members' sustainability projects through the WPSP portfolio. Some of the world's most advanced port innovators are to be found in this region, so we look forward to BPO's active contribution towards achieving our goals
For his side, BPO's Secretary General: Bogdan Ołdakowski said that one of the main goals of their policy “Baltic as a model region for green ports and maritime transport” is to share their experience with the port industry.
For this reason, he welcomed the co-operation with global players within the WPSP initiative.
I am sure that Baltic ports, especially the BPO Environmental Working Group, will be interested to learn how sustainable projects have been carried out in other regions