||Saara Hanninen, Jorma Rytkonen
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The up-to-date information on all major aspects of transportation of the harmful substances is required in order to eliminate any possibility of accidents involving such type of cargoes. It means that we must always take into account the information on what exactly substances are being handled, what are the amounts and on what routes they are transported. The present publication was released to encompass stats related to the chemical liquids transportation in the Baltic Sea area some years ago. The data for the research have been taken from the main sea ports of the area in question. However, please note that the amount and quality of the information may vary from port to port. Moreover, some of the ports are quite reluctant to provide the information on the chemicals they transport. That is why even after this research we cannot be sure that the statistics on the liquid chemical transportation in the subject area may be considered comprehensive enough. The handling of chemical cargoes is a very demanding task, and, in case of an accident, information on the characteristics and amounts of the chemicals shall be immediately available. Maritime safety in the Baltic Sea area has significantly improved as a result of the decisions taken at the regional and global level.