Project title: Sub-regional risk of spill of oil and hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea
Application call: 1
Priority: 3. Baltic Sea as a common resource
Project website: www.brisk.helcom.fi
Lead Partner:Søværnets Operative Kommando
P.O. Box 1483
Peter Søberg Poulsen
Phone: +45 89 43 34 05
Fax: +45 89 43 34 29
Project Manager:Søværnets Operative Kommando
P.O. Box 1483
Phone: +45 89433401
Fax: +45 89433429
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
Phone: +35 8207412637
Fax: +35 8207412639
Summary description of the project:
1 Background and partners of the project:
The BRISK project (2009-2012) is a response to an increased risk of accidents and environmental damage in the Baltic Sea. The numbers and the sizes of ships navigating in the Baltic Sea area have increased in recent years, and the transportation of oil and other hazardous substances is growing steadily. The risk of shipping accidents has increased as well. Major oil spills can affect economy of several countries and are hence a transnational problem. Early and well organized response operations is an effective tool for reducing the environmental effects of pollution accidents.The project area covers all transnational maritime areas of the Baltic Sea divided into six sub-regional areas of responsibility. The project has 10 partners in 8 Baltic Sea countries representing the national authorities responsible for spills of oil and hazardous substances. The Admiral Danish Fleet is the Lead Partner. See project website www.brisk.helcom.fi
2. Objectives: The overall aim is to increase the preparedness of all Baltic Sea countries to respond to major spills of oil and hazardous substances from shipping and enhance sub-regional co-operation. The project will offer the first overall risk assessment of pollution caused by shipping accidents covering the whole Baltic Sea area basen on common methodology. The project will identify gaps in existing emergency and response resources needed in all sub-regions of the Baltic to effectively tackle major spills of oil and hazardous substances. It will prepare pre-investment plans on how the countries can jointly fill in the gaps, and facilitate the development and conclusion of sub-regional agreements between neighboring countries for joint response operations. The sub-regional approach is cost-efficient as countries can share their resources to build a common pool of response vessels and equipment sufficient for a given sub-region.
3. Expected results: The results of the project will enhance the safety and environment of the Baltic Sea.
• A common understanding of the concept of risk and damage will be the first important step in the direction of a unified and consistent response in the Baltic Sea.
• The description of common criteria for required level of response and comparisons with existing response capacities will provide a comparable description of the needs for response resources.
• The risk analysis will provide important mapping of high risk areas and hence help the authorities responsible for oil spill to a better prepared-ness on a national, sub-regional and Baltic Sea level.
• The investment plans will provide a basis for donors to optimise the resources. Therefore, funding within the maritime safety sector may become more attractive to potential sponsors.
Achievements of the project so far:
The first overall risk assessment based on one common methodology to cover pollution caused by shipping accidents throughout the Baltic Sea was carried out. The result has been used to identify the areas with highest risk for spills and environmental damage.
The risk analysis to identify highest risk of spills was based on current shipping traffic information as well as forecasts of future trends. It described the sources, frequency, types, quantities and locations of marine pollution. The result of the analysis was a pollution impact map of the entire Baltic Sea. The identification of hot spots for risk of oil spill showed that large spills of 300 to 5,000 tones are expected once every four years for the whole of the Baltic, whereas exceptional spills of 5,000 and above are estimated to occur once every 26 years mainly along the main oil shipping route, with hot spots at route junctions in the Baltic Proper and the Kattegat and the narrow Great Belt
The analysis of environmental sensitivity included spatial data on intemationally protected areas, feeding areas used by migratory birds, spawning areas used by fish, aquaculture facilities, locations of archipelagos and shallow waters, as well as major settlements, popular bathing beaches and rocky shores etc. The analysis revealed the existence of three types of high sensitivity areas to oil: coastal waters, archipelagos, and shallow waters. The environmental sensitivity map was used to compare areas of sensitivity with areas of oil impact. This way, the prevention and response sponse methods could be optimized in order to minimize the damage to the environment. The risk analysis also included the effects of oil spill response capacity. Further the project has added value to the situation regarding bi-lateral and mulit-lateral agreements and has contributed to speeding up of agreements between the Baltic countries.
The BRISK project implement the provisions of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (BSAP), a major programme for the recovery of the marine environment adopted by all Baltic Sea countries and the European Union in 2007. The BRISK project also contributes to the realization of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region as one of the flagship actions.
The results of the BRISK project will be of high importance to the international bodies related to the Baltic Sea (e.g. HELCOM, EU), to international funding institutions as well as to the national authorities that are responsible for emergency response and environmental protection.
|Project Duration:||Oct 2008 - Jan 2012|
|Approximate total project budget in EUR:||3.307.720,00|
|Norwegian national contribution:||0,00|
List of partners
|Admiral Danish Fleet HQ, National Operations, Maritime Environment|
|8220 Braband | DENMARK
P.O. Box 1483; DK-8220 Brabrand
|Contact person: Peter Søberg Poulsen
Phone: +45 89 43 34 05
|Baltic Marine Environment Protection commission|
|00160 Helsinki | FINLAND
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B
|Contact person: Ms. Monika Stankiewicz
Phone: +358 207 412 643
|Swedish Coast Guard|
|37123 Karlskrona | SWEDEN
|Contact person: Mr. Bernt Stedt
Phone: +46 455353453
|Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Environmental Damage Division|
|00251 Helsinki | FINLAND
|Contact person: Mr. Kalervo Jolma
Phone: +358 204902468
|Estonian Board of Boarder Guard|
|15172 Tallinn | ESTONIA
Pärnu mnt 139/1
|Contact person: Mr. Mart Käbin
Phone: +372 6149002
|State Environmental Service, Marine and Inland Waters Administration|
|1007 Riga | LATVIA
Voleru Street 2
|Contact person: Ms. Evija Smite
Phone: +371 67408169
|Maritime Institute in Gdansk|
|80830 Gdańsk | POLAND
Dlugi Targ St. 41- 42
|Contact person: Mr. Juliusz Gajewski
Phone: +48 (58) 3018724
|Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany (CCME)|
|27472 Cuxhaven | GERMANY
Fb 2 Am Alten Hafen 2
|Contact person: Mr. Michael Akkermann
Phone: +49 4721567481
|Maritime Office, Gdynia|
|81335 Gdynia | POLAND
Chrzanowskiego 10 St.
|Contact person: Mr Woiciech Wasowski
Phone: +48 58 6606 154
|Coastal Research and Planning Institute of the Klaipeda University (CORPI)|
|LT-92294 Klaipėda | LITHUANIA
H.Manto str. 84
|Contact person: Nerijus Blažauskas
Phone: +370 46 398 838