Math model to evaluate risks of incidents causing oil spills on Baltic Sea

March 01, 2011

A mathematical risk analysis model for incidents causing oil spills was presented at the Fifth Meeting of the Project on Sub-regional risk of spill of oil and hazardous substances in the Baltic Sea (BRISK), sponsored by the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM). Russian experts focused their presentation on the fact that equipment sufficiency for oil spill response should be determined based on a mathematical model rather than work group meetings, reported Federal State Institution "Gosmorspassluzhba" ("State Sea Rescue Service") whose representatives participated in the event. 

Moreover, it was pointed out that information relating to the environmental sensitivity of the Russian Gulf of Finland zone misrepresents the true state of affairs, and that the BRISK project leaders made the decision to update it for the next meeting.

According to Gosmorspassluzhba, BRISK is one of priority projects within the HELCOM Action Plan for the Baltic Sea. The project is financed by the European Union and is being implemented as part of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. Denmark is leading the project (COWI consulting company and the Admiral Danish Fleet). All HELCOM member countries are participating with the exception of the Russian Federation. This is due to the fact that Russia has not signed a partnership agreement with the European Union. The Nordic Council of Ministers has allocated financing for a project designated BRISK-RU to involve Russian experts in activities complementary to the BRISK objectives. The Lead Partner of the BRISK-RU project is Central Marine Research & Design Institute in St. Petersburg (CNIIMF), and the coordinator is the Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Kaliningrad.