Netboom assembled into storage Container in Szczecin

In late January the SBOIL netboom and storage Container were brougth together in Szczecin.  The Team of the Maritime University of Szczecin and the University of Rostock assemled the netboom into the storange Container. The Container is a standard  20ft Container customized by the Maritime University of Szczecin based on the needs defined by the University of Rostock who designed the netboom. The Container is equipped with a generator and a winch to recover the netboom. This procedure was tested for the first time and went very well. From now on, the netboom can be transported in and deployed from the container. A first water Trial will be carried out in spring 2018.

SBOIL Spill Response exercise on the river Warnow (Rostock, Germany)

Introduction: Based on discussions with the Environmental Agency (EA) of the Hanseatic City of Rostock it was decided to do a spill response exercise on the river Warnow using the netboom from the project SBOIL. This exercise was carried out on November 16th and 17th 2017. It was focused on netboom handling, no sorbents were applied to the water.

 Scenario: Regularly oil appears at the southern part of the river Warnow in the area of the city harbor (Stadthafen). The EA decides to use sorbents to clean up the spill. They are applied on the water surface by hand and will follow the surface current. After a short period of time the sorbents are saturated with oil and ready for recovery. The netboom is installed downstream at the cut bank of the river (upper Image). It is estimated, that most of the sorbents will pass that location and enter the netboom (lower Image). Once the netboom is filled with sorbents, the cod end will be recovered into a liquid-safe storage tank on land.

Summary: Within the exercise it could be demonstrated that the netboom in its actual configuration can be applied with manageable effort. This scenario / this exercise can be transferred to other rivers and ports entering the Baltic Sea. Regional aspects have to be taken into account (hydrodynamic conditions, permissions, available ships etc.). Onshore handling is expected to ease in the near future, due to the use of the customized netboom storage container.


At the end of June SBOIL staff Marcus Siewert (Universiät Rostock) and Dr. Jonas Palsson (World Maritime University)took the chance to join a group of WMU students for a field study to the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lissbon. This trip included presentations on general information about EMSA, its Oil spill response tasks and monitoring activities and a dedicated meeting with staff from EMSA’s Oil Spill response team.

SBOIL attended the International Oil spill Conference

The International Oil Spill conference (IOSC) is the largest and oldest oil spill conference in the world. Held every 3rd year, IOSC 2017 ran from 15 May to 18 May at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. IOSC 2017 was the largest one yet with 1,600 participants, 200+ papers and 60+ posters presented during the conference, as well as 50+ exhibitiors, and a film and photo exhibition. Dr Jonas Pålsson attended as the WMU SBOIL project coordinator. He attended the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Basics course, to assess the potential use of this worldwide best practice method in the SBOIL exercise planned for 2018. Dr Jonas Pålsson also presented his paper on Comparing Swedish oil spill preparedness to regional countries using the RETOS evaluation tool during the first session after the plenary. The paper described the first time the RETOS evaluation tool was used in the Baltic Sea Region and Dr Pålsson presented a method to statistically compare the results and was well received, with many questions and follow up discussion after the session ended. Dr Pålsson also presented his poster Limitations of the Swedish coordination capacity for large oil spills during the Meet the Poster Authors event, receiving encouraging comments on the methodology for mapping out the stakeholder networks. 

All presentations will be available from later this year.


OSRL hired by SBOIL

WMU and the SBOIL project are pleased to announce that after a comprehensive Best Value for Money evaluation and analysis, it was decided to award the SBOIL oil spill exercise contract to Oil Spill Response Ltd.

One of the tasks in SBOIL will be to train the regional oil spill response managers in a tabletop exercise scheduled for 2018.

This procurement has ensured the Best Value for Money (BVM) by applying a weighted scoring system. The award of the contract was made to the supplier whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive, compliant and acceptable and b) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria. A technical evaluation committee comprising subject matter experts both internally and externally was setup to review the technical proposals on their individual capacity and the financial tenders were reviewed by the Procurement and Contracts Officer.

WMU and the SBOIL project looks forward to working together with such a world renowned oil spill expert organization as Oil Spill Response Ltd. The picture Shows a View from the libary at WMUHQ in Malmö and the 2016 release of the IMO Guidance on International Offers of Assitance in Response to a Marine Oil Pollution Incident.

Questionnaire for national Workshops available

Within the Project SBOIL it is planned to host a Workshop in every Country of the South Baltic Programme (Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark & Lithuania). The objectives of these Workshops are to rise the awareness on oil Spill Response and related preparedness efforts and to inform about the new green Spill Response technology.

To make the Workshops valuable for the participants, every National Workshop will be designed individually based on the needs of the relevant stakeholders from every Country. Therefore a short questionnaire of 5 questions was designed. The Feedback of this questionnaire will be the Basis for the Workshop.

Please help us to make this Workshop informative and enjoyable and answer the questions!

Thank you very much


BioBind sorbent capacity proved during oilspill response demonstration in small wave basin at SBOIL lead partner University of Rostock

In January 2017 the Chair of Geotechnics and Coastal Engineering at the University of Rostock hosted and supported oil spill response researchers from the Technical University of Dresden and the University of Leipzig. A small spill was created in the 4×4 m wave basin to demonstrate the oil binding capacity of the wooden oil binders under wave attack. These Binders shall be used in SBOIL field demonstrations and trainings. Meanwhile the activity of oil degrading microorganism was observed and measured. The lab demonstration showed good correlation to past lab results on smaller scale. Spilling oil into the Baltic Sea for research is extremely regulated or even prohibited. Therefore alternatives are needed to demonstrate the potential of this new spill response concept.


Meeting with Lithuanian Stakeholders in Klaipeda

Mr. Marcus Siewert from the Lead Partner University of Rostock went to Klaipeda in December to meet with the Associated Partner from SE Klaipeda State Seaport Authority. The Chief Dispatcher of Port Control Department, Mr. Aleksandras Kaupas, invited a big number of Lithuanian Stakeholders to that meeting. Twelve people from different authorities and agencies attended the meeting. After a general presentation of the project, an active discussion took place. Klaipeda is the only seaport of Lithuania and is very important to the local economy. Two oil terminals are operating there. At the same time Lithuania has a very limited stretch of coastline which is very important for coastal tourism and recreation. Therefore Oil spill response is of great significance for Lithuania. The stakeholders look forward in the assistance of the development of the national workshop in Lithuania and in participation in field trainings.klaipeda