Mitigating the effects of emergencies in Baltic Sea Region ports

March 2016 -
April 2019

Priority area:
3. Transport 3.1 Interoperability


Harbours, terminals and storage facilities, including those for dangerous goods are often located close to residential areas, thus potentially exposing a large number of people to the consequences of accidents. The project aims at mitigating accidents and emergencies in seaports in the Baltic Sea Region, all handling large volumes of cargo and passengers.


Joint live exercises that reflect the concerns of partner seaports are part of the project. These will be dealing with leakage of hazardous materials, fire on a passenger ship at port, oil spill in port areas as well as explosion of gases or chemicals.

The project enables better preparedness, coordination and communication to reduce damages and loss of life in emergencies, and handling of post-emergency situations by making a number of improvements. These improvements include harmonization and implementation of safety and security codes, standards and regulations, communication between key actors, the use of risk analysis methods and adoption of new technologies.

The project partner consortium ensures relevancy and effective use of project results and their continuity. Partners are very capable of working in a transnational setting, and have the resources to communicate project results towards relevant target groups.

Highlights by mid-term:

HAZARD organised six joint large-scale exercises, which took place in Hamburg (DE), Turku (FI), Kuopio (FI), Klaipeda (LT) and Naantali (FI). Chemical accidents, cooperation and communication between authorities, collision of a passenger ship are just some examples of themes that were covered by the joint exercises. Participants of the exercises evaluated their own procedures and practices in emergencies.

HAZARD gathered information of the relevant safety and security legislation in the Baltic Sea region. The produced list of safety regulations contains the most relevant hazardous substances regulations and international safety codes for seaports. Besides, HAZARD identified the circumstances in which the different actors have recognised potential challenges in regulatory aspects. Based on the preliminary results of this work, the important areas identified for further debvelopment in the Baltic Sea region are, for instance, national variations in safety and security regulations and inadequacy of the cybersecurity regulations.

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Project manager

University of Turku

Jarmo Malmsten

+358 2 333 9639

Legal representative

University of Turku

Juuso Töyli

+358 2 333 9248

Financial manager

University of Turku

Sari Tähtinen

358 401 768 710

Communication manager

University of Turku

Mariikka Whiteman

358 40 779 9490