4th SBOIL Project meeting

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.


SBOIL supports 7th IEEE/OES Baltic Symposium in Klaipėda

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.

INTERSPILL gives inspiring Input for the Oil Spill Response Community in Europe and the South Baltic

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.

Click here to see Highlights of the conference.

SBOIL generated curiosity and offers of cooperation at INTED conference in spain

Between March 5-7th Research Associate Jennie Larsson from World Maritime University (WMU), presented the SBOIL project at the 12th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, INTED2018, in Valencia, Spain. The conference is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. It is a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and innovations on educational technology. The conference was a good platform for dissemination of information and exchange of ideas. The oral presentation of the SBOIL project generated several offers of cooperation from other Universities, particularly concerning the table top exercise. There was also a request from several participants, for the SBOIL project to come back in next year and present the results from the exercise. The SBOIL project was also presented as a conference paper with the title


For further reading about the conference, the presentations and different conference papers you can follow this link: https://iated.org/inted/

For further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jennie Larsson, Research Associate& new contact person for the SBOIL project at World Maritime University: jl@wmu.se

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 http://ioscproceedings.org/ 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.