”This is the book I would take with me on a desert island. ‘The History of Seafaring', published both in Finnish and in English by the John Nurminen Foundation, is the best that money can buy: a wonderfully illustrated magnum opus by authors who know their subject matter through and through.”


Tuukka Perhoniemi, journalist, Tiede magazine

”Juha is an ardent defender of the wellbeing of the Baltic Sea; for him, it is a real passion. I appreciate deeds more than words, and am therefore very impressed with the concrete way in which he has committed himself to a clean Baltic Sea.”


Sari Baldauf, professional board member

"An encounter with a manta ray is an awe-inspiring experience.”


Juha Nurminen, underwater photographer

"’The Juha Nurminen collection is one of the largest private collections anywhere, containing very rare and important world maps of global significance."


Jonathan Potter, antique map expert, London



Juha Nurminen, Maritime Counsellor is a fourth-generation family entrepreneur. The roots of John Nurminen Oy are in the city of Rauma, where the company was founded in 1886.

The John Nurminen Foundation, established upon the initiative of Juha, engages in impactful work promoting culture and the environment. For his lifetime achievements, Juha has been granted various honorary medals, prizes and awards, such as the State Award for Public Information in 2008.



  • Cooperation between the John Nurminen Foundation and Traficom reduces chemical emissions into the Baltic Sea

    After unloading their cargo, chemical tankers often wash their tanks with seawater en route to the next port of loading. Under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), ships may discharge certain chemicals into the sea during tank washing within certain limitations. “According to the regulations, a ship discharging washing waters

  • The EU is bringing its wastewater targets into the 21st century

    Reforming a 31-year-old directive The European Commission published a proposal for a new urban wastewater directive this week. The earlier directive, drawn up in 1991, and the related investment funding substantially improved wastewater treatment in the European Union by obligating member states to expand the coverage of their sewer systems and set water treatment targets.