Results from the Table Top exercise for the SBOIL project, was discussed this month at the 13th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, INTED2019. The conference is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 13 years, it has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and innovations on educational technology. For more information please read this conference paper.
A new Video was produced showing the activities of the SBOIL Team during the national Polish Workshop on Oil Spill Response hosted and organized by the Maritime University of Szczecin in 2018.
At the end of November, Fire Engineer and Senior Officer, Mateusz Sosnowski from Södertörns Brandförsvarsförbund and Research Associate Jennie Larsson from World Maritime University (WMU), presented the results from the SBOIL (South Baltic Oil spill response) Table Top Exercise (TTX) at the Swedish National Oil Spill Conference in Stockholm.
The yearly Conference, arranged by the National Oil Spill Forum in Sweden, serves as a meeting place for academia, emergency professionals and governmental bodies and institutions working in the area of maritime oil spill preparedness and emergency management in Sweden. The presentation generated interesting discussions about the possible usage of the new oil spill technique, Biobind, as well as possible new collaborators. The conference also presented extensive networking opportunities with various Swedish stakeholders and knowledge sharing.
Two Summarizing conclusions from SBOIL Table top exercise presented at the National conference were:
- Although a new product itself is effective the real effectiveness is largely dependent on the knowledge, capability to handle and logistics needed within the different stakeholders.
- It is also important to think of the whole implementing chain from stocking products/gear, dispersion of it, to collecting, transporting hazardous waste and disposal. There is a big number of different stakeholders and regulations that need be considered for a successful usage. It does not matter if you deploy a new binding agent if there is no infrastructure for collection and disposal.
Skip to Video Nr 17/20 to see the SBOIL presentation.
Link to Conference Program (in Swedish)
Link to WMU Presentation (in Swedish)
The SBOIl Table Top Exercise is about to take Place at Hotel – Interferie Hotel Medical SPA Świnoujście on November 8th. International experts will gather to discuss the cross border implementation of the new Spill Response concept.
WHEN: 10 am – 5 pm, THURSDAY, 8th NOVEMBER 2018
WHERE: Świnoujście, Poland (exact location to be sent out soon)
Globally, there is no country with enough resources and equipment to respond to an extremely large oil spill on its own. This is especially true when special equipment that is missing in one country can be found in a neighboring country.
The SBOIL project (South Baltic Oil spill response) started in 2016 and will run for three years. It is a continuation of the research project BioBind within which an “environmental friendly” concept was developed to respond efficiently to an oil spill at sea. In November the SBOIL project will arrange an international table top exercise together with project partners from Sweden, Germany and Poland. We also welcome local, regional and national stakeholders involved in oil spill preparedness and response from the countries around the South Baltic Sea. The exercise will focus on operational aspects of using new and so called “green technology” in oil spill response. Outcomes of the exercise will be documented and used for future improvements in relation to emergency response management. More information about hotels, location and dinner will be sent out prior to the event.
Program for Thursday the 8th of November:
10 am – 10.30 am – Morning mingle with Coffee and Introduction
10.30 am – 1pm – Table Top Exercise – Part one.
1 pm – 2 pm – Lunch for all participants
2 pm – 5 pm – Table Top Exercise – Part two
5 pm – 10 pm – Dinner with all participants
If you are interested to join, please sign up by sending an email to
In early August, a joint exercise was held 60 nautical miles north of Gdynia. Polish Search and Rescue and LOTOS Petrobaltic carried out their annual exercise. Already in December 2017 the SBOIL Team went to the LOTOS in Gdansk and presented the Project and ist technological approach. After some clarifications it was decided that the SBOIL Team will get the possibility to join this exercise.
At one of the hottest days in the year the crews had a tough Job to get the gear in place. Nevertheless it was a succesfull exercise and the SBOIL team was able to showcase the handling of the netboom.
In June two national Workshops on Oil Spill Response were organized with Support of the SBOIL Project.
The national Lithuanian Workshop was held within the Framework of the 7th IEEE / OES Baltic Symposium. A dedicated SBOIL session included presentations about the Project, the biggest oil Spill in the Baltic Sea and the update of the Lithuanian Contingency Plan on oil Spill Response. This was supported by the associated Partner Klaipeda State Seaport Authority and the Lithuanian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center. The Symposium was Held at the new building of the Marine Research Institute of Klaipėda University (see Picture below).
Two weeks later a Joint exercise was organized together with Polish SAR. The Container and the netboom were loaded to the Spill Response vessel KAPITAN POINC. The netboom handling was tested at the Baltic Sea on June 26th (see Picture below). Afterwards the ship went to Szczecin to Support the national Polish Workshop on the next day. Within the Workshop the concept of sorbents was discussed. A simulation of an accident, reuslting in oil entering the port of Świnoujście was the basis for a lively discussion in the afternoon related to responsibilities and duties. A Video of the Workshop can be found here:
On May 16th the 4th SBOIL project meeting was held in Rostock. Participants from all three partner institutions gathered in Rostock to discuss the actual state of the project. The first half of the day was filled with reporting about activities that were carried out in Rostock, Szczecin and Malmö. After the lunch the group went on a field trip to see the oil spill response vessel VILM, which has Rostock as its home port. The master of the ship gave a tour and answered technical questions. In the afternoon upcoming activities were discussed. These include the Table Top Exercise, practical field trainings and simulator courses.
The Team is looking forward to a busy summer with a lot of practical implementation taking place.
The Project SBOIL will the 7th IEEE/OES Baltic Symposium in Klaipėda in June 2018 with a dedicated session on Oil Spill Response in the South Baltic Area . The session will Focus on the SBOIL Project and national oil Spill Response aspects from a Lithuanian perspective. This includes a look in the past back on the accident of the „Globe Asimi“ 1981 in the waters near Klaipėda and the recent update of the Lithuanian national contingency plan in 2017.
The triennial Event Interspill, that brings together all relevant stakeholders from Europe took place last week in the Excel Convention Center at the old Royal Victoria Docks in London. With more than 70 exhibitors and several hundred conference participants the Event offered a lot of possibilities to get new Input on technical developments, Projects and experience within the Spill Response community.
Nowhere else it is possible to get in touch with so many Producers and authorities at the same Moment. The attendence of SBOIL staff at this conference will defenitely create momentum for the Project and its development.