Winter navigation risks and oil contingency plan

The overall objective of project WINOIL is to increase understanding of oil pollution prevention measures, improve the joint emergency cross-border procedures in oil accident, and to mitigate the risks related to ship navigation in ice conditions prevailing in the Gulf of Finland. The project aims to make strategic recommendations for implementation of cost-effective risk reducing measures to mitigate environmental, human and economic risks inherent to the operation of ships in winter conditions in the Gulf of Finland.

This project focuses on two main issues: 1) to update and develop the pollution combating contingency plan between Russia and Finland related to the Gulf of Finland waters, and 2) to carry out risk assessment of winter navigation with the understanding of proper risk control options.

WINOIL is co-ordinated by the Kotka Maritime Research Association and other Finnish partners are Aalto University and Finnish Environment Institute. The partners in Russian are Central Marine Research and Design Institute, Agency of Ecological Consulting and Nature Protection Design and Saint-Petersburg State Marine Technical University.

WINOIL is funded by the South-East Finland-Russia ENPI CBC 2007-2013 Programme, which is co-funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland. The Joint Managing Authority for the Programme is the Regional Council of South-Karelia. The cost estimate for this two-year-project is 693 000 M€ for the period from December 2012 to November 2014.