Best Available Technologies of Sewage Collecting for Boat Tourism

P3 Well-connected region

3.2. Improved services of existing small ports to improve local and regional mobility and contribute to tourism development

Archipelago and Islands

01.12.2017 - 31.05.2021

€1 479 085

€1 140 184

Project Summary:

ENDED. Small boat ports located in the Baltic Sea are fascinating for both national and international visitors; many of them, explore the area using small leisure boats. As members of HELCOM, the countries around the Baltic Sea aim to reduce the release of latrine sewage from boats into the sea. Moreover, the possibility of emptying latrine sewage from leisure boats can be considered a fundamental service for boaters, which, when neglected, has a crucial impact on boaters’ comfort. However, this service, suffers from  the lack of easily accessible and functional sewage pump-out stations, non-harmonized sewage collecting equipment and  lack of easily accessible information regarding location and functionality of pump-out stations.

To provide turists with better sweage services for boats, , BATSECO-BOAT aims to improve the capacity and service level of latrine sewage collection in small boat ports in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Åland. Within the project framework,a strategy containing cross-regional guidelines to inform decision-making on this issue  will be developed. This strategy will be based on information about i) institutional landscape and legislation, ii) traffic flow of leisure boats, iii) costs, iv) best available technology for waste handling, v) analysis of latrine sewage, and vi) estimation of sewage flows.

Digital tools and guidelines will be developed, informing local investment and the four investment packages, leading to improved services in twenty Central Baltic ports. An important project output will be  a document providing guidelines and lessons learnt, which can be used to replicate investments in other regions after the project completion. The project will also conduct a scoping study to create a digital map, showing the network of functional sewage collection services. This map will facilitate cross-border mobility across the Central Baltic region.

Lead Partner

Turun yliopisto

Country: FI

Partner budget: 217.318 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 162.988 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Pidä Saaristo Siistinä ry

Country: FI

Partner budget: 488.114 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 366.086 EUR ERDF

Campus Roslagen

Country: SE

Partner budget: 79.833 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 59.875 EUR ERDF

Ecoloop AB

Country: SE

Partner budget: 213.804 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 160.353 EUR ERDF

Norrtälje Kommun

Country: SE

Partner budget: 171.317 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 128.488 EUR ERDF

Hoia Eesti Merd MTÜ

Country: EE

Partner budget: 239.307 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 203.411 EUR ERDF

Viimsi Vallavalitsus

Country: EE

Partner budget: 69.392 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 58.983 EUR ERDF

Associated Partners


Country: SE

Expected results

-The BATSECO-BOAT projects main result is an actual upgrade of the sewage collecting services in a number of small boat ports (altogether 18 ports) in Estonia, in Finland and in Sweden. Upgrading is facilitated by investments into best available technology of sewage collecting, both new and renovated pump-out stations. This upgrading ensures good level of unified sewage collecting services in participating small boat ports across the Central Baltic region for next 15-20 years, way beyond the duration of BATSECO-BOAT project.

- Better services through improved sewage collecting solutions and a higher level of attractiveness for the visitors. Better service level and visitor experience through easier handling and/or better information of technical equipment’s of sewage pump-out stations.

-Increased mobility through better information for route-planning (up-to-date data on location of functional pump-out stations)

-Knowledge of what type of sewage collecting system works best for each type of small boat ports, due to number of visitors and location/remoteness of the port - which will help improve the service levels also in the long run.

-Reduce visitor detours (having to make extra trips to other stations when the nearest station is full) by improving pump-out station capacity

-Increased service level due to better visitor information provided by a digital map-based solution to inform the location and functionality of the sewage pump-out stations.