Sub-regional risk of spill of oil and hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea (BRISK)

Welcome to BRISK!

The overall aim of the project Sub-regional risk of spill of oil and hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea (BRISK) is to increase the preparedness of all Baltic Sea countries to respond to major spills of oil and hazardous substances from shipping.

The numbers and the sizes of ships navigating in the Baltic Sea area have increased in recent years, and the transportation of oil and other hazardous substances in growing steadily. The risk of shipping accidents has increased as well. Early and well organized response operations can be a very effective tool for reducing the environmental effects of pollution accidents.

With HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan (2007) the Baltic Sea countries have committed themselves to "efficient emergency and response capacity".

The BRISK project will last three years (2009-2012) and it is co-financed by the European Union within the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme 2007-2013. BRISK has been selected as a strategic project of the BSR Programme due to its importance for the sustainable development of the region. Its total budget is around 3.3 million, with approximately EUR 2.5 million to be allocated from the European Regional Development Fund.

The BRISK project is also one of the flagship projects of the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

Aims of the BRISK project

The BRISK project responses to an increased risk of accidents and environmental damages in the Baltic Sea. The overall aim of the project is to increase the preparedness of all Baltic Sea countries to respond to major spills of oil and hazardous substances from shipping and enhance sub-regional co-operation. The BRISK project will:

  • Offer the first overall risk assessment of pollution caused by shipping accidents covering the whole Baltic Sea area,
  • Identify gaps in existing emergency and response resources needed in all sub-regions of the Baltic to effectively tackle major spills of oil and hazardous substances,
  • Prepare concrete pre-investment plans on how the Baltic Sea countries can jointly fill in the gaps, and
  • Facilitate the development and conclusion of sub-regional agreements between neighboring countries for joint response operations.

The BRISK project will focus on "medium-size" spills, i.e. spills which require assistance from several neighboring countries. The project area covers all transnational maritime areas divided into six sub-regions. The sub-regional approach is cost-efficient as countries can share their resources to build a common pool of response vessels and equipment sufficient for a given sub-region.

Work packages

The project consists of five work packages (WP):

  1. Project management and administration (by Admiral Danish Fleet)
  2. Communication and Information (by the HELCOM Secretariat)
  3. Risk analysis
  4. Development of agreements to remove administrative obstacles for international response
  5. Investment plans


BRISK Project Manager
Peter Poulsen, Commodor
Admiral Danish Fleet HQ, National Operations, Maritime Environment
P.O.Box 1483, DK-8220 Brabrand, Denmark
Phone: +45 2160 6010

HELCOM Secretariat
Monika Stankiewicz, Professional Secretary
Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, FI-00160 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358 (0)40 840 2471
Fax: +358 (0)20 412 645
Skype: helcom17

BRISK project partners

Admiral Danish Fleet leads the project, and 10 partners from 8 countries are involved in it:

Admiral Danish Fleet Headquarters (lead partner)

Estonian Board of Border Guard

Finnish Environment Institute

Central Command for Maritime Emergencies

Marine and Inland Waters Administration of the Ministry of Environment

Coastal Research and Planning Institute, Klaipeda University

Maritime Institute in Gdansk Maritime Office in Gdynia

Swedish Coast Guard Headquarters

Helsinki Commission

Russian partners from Kaliningrad and Saint Petersburg

European Union

Baltic Sea Region

Part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund)

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