Research

Project description

Oil spills pose a threat to society and environment in all parts of the world. There is an increased chance of large oil spills in areas with shipping, pipelines and offshore oil and gas exploitation. Minimising the risk of oil spills and also their negative impacts is a priority under United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 14 concerning the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. 
Lead partner University of Rostock, and project partners World Maritime University, and the Maritime University of Szczecin will work on this important issue through the SBOIL project, South Baltic Oil Spill Response through clean-up with biogenic oil binders. SBOIL builds on the BioBind project that focused on developing a fast and effective oil spill recovery system for coastal shallow water areas and adverse weather conditions. The BioBind concept was based on biodegradable oil binders, deployed by plane and removed by a special netboom, a combination of fishery nets and conventional oil containment booms. SBOIL aims to take up this innovative green technology to strengthen existing cross-border spill response capacities. WMU will lead Work Package 3 that includes developing the legal framework and contingency plans.
Anticipated outcomes of SBOIL include a multilingual handbook summarizing basic knowledge about oil spills, response measures and the structural approaches of the individual South Baltic (SB) countries of Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. It will close an information gap and improve international collaboration with local and regional authorities and national incident managers. National and international workshops, table top exercises and awareness raising campaigns will be implemented as part of the project. The components of the new green technology will be available as a training kit to inform and train individuals during and after the project as well as enable designated stations to use it in an emergency. SB stakeholders will be trained in the field and in a nautical simulator in cross-border workshops.
The project is co-funded by the EU South Baltic Programme and will be implemented from summer 2016 to summer 2019.

Principal Investigator

Dimitrios Dalaklis

Dr. Dimitrios Dalaklis joined WMU in the summer of 2014, upon completion of a twenty-six years distinguished career with the Hellenic Navy (HN). His expertise revolves around the extended Maritime Education and Training (MET) domain and especially the conduct of navigation (regulatory framework, techniques-associated best practices and related equipment), as well as maritime safety & security issues. Upon graduation from the Hellenic Naval Academy (HNA), he followed the normal career path of a naval officer by serving on-board various large warships of the Hellenic Fleet.

Project Officer

Jonas Pålsson

Dr Jonas Pålsson graduated in marine biology from Lund university in Sweden 2005, specialising in marine monitoring and sensory biology. He worked with water sampling for ALcontrol Laboratories in Sweden and Denmark between 2007 and 2009. In 2009, he joined World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden, as a Research Assistant in the Maritime Environmental Research (MER) Group.

Project Duration

June, 2016 to June, 2019