The consortia of the Project SB-OIL consist of three Partners that recieve funding from the EU and nine associated Partners.

Lead Partner: University of RostockChair of Geotechnics and Coastal Engineering

Contact: Prof. Fokke Saathoff & M.Sc. Marcus Siewert

The University of Rostock is not only the oldest university in the Baltic Sea Region; it is also the richest in tradition. As it was founded in 1419, it will soon celebrate its 600th anniversary and looks back on a long tradition of educating students and doing research. With its 200,000 inhabitants, Rostock is characterised scientifically, economically and culturally by 15,000 students and a work force of 5,000 in the university and university clinic.

The University of Rostock consists of nine traditional faculties and one central interdisciplinary faculty in which scientists and students from all faculties collaborate to do research in four major fields: “Life, light and matter”, “Maritime systems”, “Ageing of individuals and society” and “Knowledge – Culture – Transformation”. These are the main fields of research, which have developed from the long Tradition of the university and expand the university`s profile by connecting its strengths by means of an interdisciplinary, cross-curricular communication and collaboration.

The Chair of Geotechnics and Coastal Engineering is involved in different German and International research projects. Dike construction, railroad soil mechanics, coastal sediment transport simulation and wave propagation in coastal waters are only a few of the topics that are investigated at the Chair. Since 2011 Oil spill response is also part of the reasearch activities. The Chair of Geotechnics and Coastal Rostock has long-time experience in the realization and coordination of multinational projects. Working in the field is one key comptenece of the Lead partner. The execution of research cruises in the Baltic Sea, as well as the construction of a pilot dike at the Baltic Sea coast were flagship field activities in the younger past.

The Lead Partner will coordinate the project activities, will be responsible for WP1 Project management and WP4 Practical implementation and contribute to all other work packages as well.

Project Partner: World Maritme University – Maritime Environmental Research Group

Contact: Dr. Jonas Pålsson

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Established by an IMO Assembly Resolution in 1983, the aim of WMU is to further enhance the objectives and goals of IMO and IMO member states around the world through education, research, and capacity building to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans. WMU is truly an organization by and for the international maritime community.

The University operates on the basis of a Charter adopted by the IMO Assembly, and is accountable to the IMO Secretary-General, Council and Assembly, and to an international Board of Governors composed of representatives of some 50 different governmental, industry, labour and educational bodies. The University presents its annual report and budget to the IMO Council and also reports to the biennial session of the IMO Assembly. WMU receives the status, privileges and immunities of a UN institution in Sweden, and WMU degrees are recognized by the Swedish Ministry of Education and Research.

WMU will lead WP3 „Legal framework and contingency plans“.Accordingly, the main task of WMU will be focused on assessing the structural approach to oil spills in the SB region for each country individually and evaluating national requirements for the use of airborne sorbent application. Moreover, WMU will coordinate the process for the development and coordination of cross-border tabletop exercises (TTX). Through its large network, WMU will closely cooperate with authorities on international, national, regional and local levels to develop the strategies and contingency plans.

Project Partner: Maritime University of Szczecin – Institute of Marine Traffic Engineering

Contact: Prof. Lucjan Gucma

Maritime University of Szczecin (MUS) is a technical university with over a 60-years tradition. In three faculties (Faculty of Navigation, Faculty of Marine Engineering, Faculty of Economics and Transport Engineering) MUS offers several courses of study, where more than 4000 students realise their higher education aims. The mission of MUS is to educate highly qualified personnel of navigators and marine engineers able to cope with the demands of contemporary merchant, fishing fleets and offshore industry as well as specialists in operational management of ports and fleets of ocean going or inland ships. MUS educates also specialists in maritime software system development and geoinformation systems. MUS is also active in field of logistical, maritime transportation and economics researches. The University owns over 100 well-equipped laboratories and modern research-training vessel m/s “Nawigator XXI”.

The project is realised by Marine Traffic Engineering (MTE) research team. The team has over 30 years of experience in maritime safety systems researches focused mostly on maritime simulations applications. Up till now the team developed several own simulators and ship models. Since the 1970s the Marine Traffic Engineering research team of Maritime University of Szczecin has been engaged in works concerned with ship’s safety on restricted waters and conducted over 200 research order works mainly based on ship’s manoeuvring simulation methods. MUS MTE team was also engaged in projects aimied for reduction of oil pollution at Baltic Sea like successful Baltic Master I & II. MTE team owns and manages several simulators of oil and chemical spills modelling including Pisces II and ASA Oil and Chemical. Pisces II simulator will be used in line with SBOIL project objectives for oil pollution combat action modelling in case of absorbents application.


Additionally the Project is supported by a number of associated Partners. At the Moment they are:

  • District Vorpommern-Rügen (DE)
  • Environmental Authority Rostock (DE)
  • Polish Search and Rescue (PL)
  • West Pomeranian State Fire Brigade (PL)
  • Port of Gdynia Authority S.A (PL)
  • Swedish Coast Guard (SE)
  • Danish Emergency Management Agency – Bornholm Unit (DK)
  • Klaipeda State Seaport Authority (LT)