Save the Date – South Baltic Oil Spill Response – Table Top Exercise


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

before 20/9.

Joint exercise in the Baltic Sea

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.


Busy June

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:

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:

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

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.