The Baltic Sea, when seen from the coast, looks like an open expanse of calm (or perhaps stormy) water.
That image belies the level of commercial, scientific, environmental activities both on and under its surface.
Tunnels and bridges, wind farms and nature reserves, testing areas, restricted areas, pipelines and cables.
All of this and then the thousands of ships that are at anyone time sailing on it, keeping to the many channels and separation schemes that help prevent problems.
This is the third and final part of the three part Aronnax trilogy while Craig Eason sailed around the Baltic Sea courtesy of Finnlines. Having sailed from Sweden to Finland on the Europalink, then Finland to Germany on Finnlady, he’s now on Finnfellow to return to Sweden.
He talks to the youngest onboard and gets their views on the changes the industry is facing and looks at the need to spatially plan all the Baltic activity that seems toe growing in the Sea.
More details about the trip including photos and video clips can be found on www.fathom.world.
Many thanks to Finnlines for letting this take place and to give such open access to the crew and a special thanks also to Sea Focus and the Intelligence Hunt programme who helped make it possible.
A quick plug for SeaFocus and the Intelligence Hunt scheme which brings entrepreneurial students together who know that getting experience like this puts a gold edge to their academic qualifications, with companies, from large corporates to smaller ones, who understand that these students working on their projects give out of the box energy to their projects.