SB OIL - South Baltic Oil spill response through clean-up with biogenic oil binders

What changed with SB OIL?

Reactions to oil spills on the Baltic Sea can be realized in international cooperation of countries situated around the Baltic Sea. The cooperations have been established, personnel has been trained and awareness for the effective risk management in case of oil spills has been raised.



What was the challenge?

Different ships carrying people, products and raw materials travel the Baltic Sea in heavy traffic. This leads to a significant risk for maritime accidents resulting in environmental damage, loss and injuries. For the best possible reaction to an oil spill, key actors across borders need to respond fast and jointly across borders.



What did SB OIL create?

SB OIL trained key personnel on the techniques of the biodegradable oil binder BioBind in nautical simulations. It created as well a multilingual manual summarizing the knowledge.




Project Website

Find the SB OIL Project Website here.


Project Outputs


SBOIL Small Handbook Download

The SBOIL Handbook: "South Baltic Oil Spill Response Through Clean-up with Biogenic Oilbinders Project"


SBOIL Manual Offshore Recovery download

Manual Offshore Recovery: A Manual for the use of the offshore recovery unit for binders


SBOIL Manual Onshore Recovery download

Manual Onshore Recovery: A Manual for the use of the onshore recovery unit for binders


SBOIL - Tiered Oil Spill Response Scenarios

Oil Spill Response Scenarios using the BioBind concept


Full project description

Different ships carrying people, products and raw materials travel the Baltic Sea in heavy traffic. This leads to a significant risk for maritime accidents resulting in environmental damage, loss and injuries.

Besides the immense amount of crude oil transported at sea, almost every vessel carries fuel for its own propulsion. Although being one of the busiest, the Baltic Sea is among the safest seas in the world (regulations and techniques), with national and international contingency plans in place to deal with emergencies. The efficiency of the existing techniques to respond to oil spills strongly depends on

  1. how long it takes to reach the accident location and
  2. the meteorological and hydrodynamic site conditions.

To mitigate these limitations, new techniques are needed to respond fast and sea state independent. These issues were tackled in the project BioBind with a concept based on biodegradable oil binders, deployed by plane and removed by a special netboom (Att.3). SBOIL aims to take up this green technology to strengthen existing cross-border spill response capacities. Sub-national administration levels will be included in the cross-border cooperation. A multilingual handbook will be produced, summarizing basic knowledge about oil spills, response measures and the structural approaches of the individual SB countries to close an information gap and increase the awareness, addressing local and regional authorities and national incident managers. National and international workshops, table top exercises and awareness raising campaigns will be realized. The components of the new green technology will be purchased as a training kit to (1) inform and train people during and after the project and (2) enable the designated station to use it in an emergency. SB staff will be trained in the field and in a nautical simulator in cross-border workshops. The objectives will be met most efficiently by an international project with partners from different SB countries.

Project total eligible budget
1 218 209,60 EUR
998 307,20 EUR
Project start date
01 Jul 2016
Project end date
30 Jun 2019
Lead partner
Name: University of Rostock, Chair of Geotechnics and Coastal Engineering
Address: Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 6, LAG II, 18051 Rostock
Region/Subregion: Rostock, Kreisfreie Stadt
Country: Germany
Project partner
Name: World Maritime University
Address: Fiskehamnsgatan 1, 20124 Malmö
Region/Subregion: Skane län
Country: Sweden
Name: Maritme University of Szczecin
Address: Waly Chrobrego 1-2, 70-500 Szczecin
Region/Subregion: Miasto Szczecin
Country: Poland
Category of intervention
023 Environmental measures aimed at reducing and / or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions (including treatment and storage of methane gas and composting)