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Risk assessment of shipping accidents in the Baltic Sea

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COWI has developed a risk analysing tool for the heavily trafficked Baltic Sea and helped to improve response strategies to reduce potential environmental damage from oil spills.
With a 15 per cent share of the world's total cargo transportation and a constant number of 2,000 ships in the area, the Baltic Sea is one of the most trafficked marine areas in the world.

The transportation of oil, hazardous substances, cargo and passengers takes place in narrow straits and shallow waters often covered by ice. This makes navigation difficult and increases the risk of shipping accidents and potential environmental damage.

The BRISK project
The BRISK project was launched after the signing in 2007 of an action plan in which the Baltic Sea countries committed themselves to increase their preparedness to handle major spills of oil and hazardous substances from shipping.

Risk assessment of shipping accidents
COWI has developed a unique risk assessment that in a systematic and coherent way integrates the processes ship traffic, transportation of goods, accidents, spills, drift and fate of oil and environmental damage.

Obtaining effective response capacity
The risk assessment is used not only to delimit the number of shipping accidents, but also to analyse and model the response resources available in the Baltic Sea and to determine where they should be upgraded to obtain a balanced and satisfying response to accidents, thereby reducing the environmental effects of pollution accidents.

LAST UPDATED: 05.01.2018