NaviSaimaa - smart and green canal traffic

Developing Saimaa Inland Waterways

The project aims at tackling the challenges and opportunities, focusing on environmentally friendly inland shipping in the Saimaa Lake region and the Saimaa Canal, and fostering a better integration of inland shipping in the transport chains.

Ballast Water Management (BWM) and Saimaa traffic

IMO Ballast Water Management Convention was approved in London year 2004, and it was ratified 8.09.2017. The Convention aims to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another and halt damage to the marine environment from ballast water discharge, by minimizing the uptake and subsequent discharge of sediments and organisms.

BWM convention covers all vessels in the sea area of convention countries, regardless of the flag State. Vessels must be equipped with treatment systems during the period of transition, but latest before 8.09.2024. New ships will be required to install and comply with the treatment standard from the 8th of September 2017, once the Convention has entered into force. Post-installation of the system for Saimax-type vessel is estimated to € 200.000-300.000.

Lake Saimaa area

Inland Waterways Network:

  • 800 km is navigable for sea vessels (UNECE class Va, except vsl length)
  • 3 600 km for draft 2,5m (min UNECE class IV)
  • 2 300 km draft 1,6m (UNECE class RC)

Saimaa canal

  • 23 km + 20 km = 43 km
  • unique in the world
  • Russian land area on a 50-year lease for Finland
  • 3 locks in Finland,
  • 5 locks in the lease area
  • control, maintenance, and investments only by Finland and Finnish authorities

Volume development in Saimaa region