Project title
SB OIL - South Baltic Oil spill response through clean-up with biogenic oil binders
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
ERDF
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
www.sboil.eu
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