Enhancing Oil Spill Response Capability in the Baltic Sea Region

January 2019 -
December 2021

3. Transport 3.3 Maritime safety


The OIL SPILL project helps to improve cooperation between competent authorities, NGOs and volunteers in combatting oil spills in shallow and coastal waters of the Baltic Sea faster, more effectively and more efficiently. Together with universities, the partners identify procedures across borders that need to be aligned, develop and carry out trainings and exercises, and clarify key legal issues of cooperation in oil spills response.




Oil spill response in coastal areas needs more coordination

Combatting oil spills in shallow waters and coastal areas is often complicated. In contrast to the open sea, the division of tasks and responsibilities between competent authorities and other stakeholders such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is unclear near the coast. Most of the work involved in coastal oil spill response is an arduous, long-term operation. A strong capability to respond to oil spills with the help of volunteers is essential to achieving optimum results and minimising environmental harm.

More cooperation between authorities and volunteers

The objective of the project is to strengthen the oil spill response capability in the Baltic Sea region at the levels of key responsible ministries, operative competent authorities, key NGOs, relevant universities and the petrochemical industry. The focus of the OIL SPILL project is to strengthen oil spill response capability in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) by enhancing cooperation structures, procedures and skills between and within the relevant stakeholders. In the OIL SPILL project, the partners identify administrative procedures which need cross-border harmonisation, they clarify key legal issues at the level of ministries, competent authorities and NGOs, and they build up international and national training schemes.


€ 2.05
€ 1.60
Eni + Russia
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Project manager

University of Turku

Jarmo Malmsten

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Legal representative

University of Turku

Juuso Töyli

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Financial manager

University of Turku

Sari Tähtinen

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Communication manager

University of Turku

Minna-Liina Ojala