Kotka Maritime Research Centre

Research for sustainable maritime transport

Managing maritime risks

Merikotka is an international actor. We do multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, applied research in order to improve maritime safety, prevent accidents and protect the marine environment.

Merikotka has an extensive, global partner network. In addition to universities and research centres, we also work with other types of organizations.

Merikotka was founded in 2005 at the initiative of the City of Kotka. Because seafaring is important to the city, they wanted to know more about the risks related to maritime transport and how to control them. For this purpose, a research centre was created to make use of the knowledge held by various universities and to produce high-quality research on maritime transportation, marine traffic safety and the marine environment.

Cutting-edge research by four universities

Good societal decision making needs to be based on scientifically verified information. Merikotka’s expertise is built upon research done at the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Turku and the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences. At the moment, our multidisciplinary researcher network consists of over 30 experts.

Some of Merikotka’s researchers are members of the Aalto University research group led by Professor Pentti Kujala ans Associate Professor Osiris Valdez Banda. They study risk management in maritime transport, particularly under winter conditions, as well as ways of utilizing new technologies.

In the University of Helsinki, our researchers are members of research group led by Professor Sakari Kuikka. Group studies the environmental effects of maritime transport. 

In the University of Turku research work is led by Professor Tommi Inkinen. The group studies maritime logistics systems.

In the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, a group led by Research Director Ville Henttu focuses on the development of port logistics and delivery chains as well as the management of seafaring-related risks and preparing for problem situations.

Highly valued project expertise

Merikotka is also known for its high level of project expertise. The research centre manages four research projects and is involved in several others in the role of a project partner. In 2020, our project budget was over 2,7 million euros.

Maritime research association Merikotka ry forms the core of the Centre.

The members of the association are the Aalto University, Cursor Oy, the Etelä-Kymenlaakso Vocational College, the Helsinki University, Kotkan Maretarium Oy, the City of Kotka, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Metsähallitus, Natural Resources Institute Finland, the University of Turku, The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and the Finnish Environment Institute. 

Board 2022

Aalto University:
Jani Romanoff; deputy member Heikki Remes
Joint Authority of Education of Kotka-Hamina Region (Ekami):
Sami Tikkanen (1. vice chairman); deputy member Kimmo Kallioniemi
University of Helsinki:
Kari Hyytiäinen; deputy member Sirkku Manninen 
City of Kotka:
Petri Luotio (chairman); deputy member Jukka Tanska
Natural Resources Institute Finland:
Riikka Venesjärvi; deputy member Meri Kallasvuo
University of Turku:
Petteri Alho; deputy member Anne Erkkilä-Välimäki
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences:
Ville Henttu (2. vice chairman); deputy member Noora Talsi
Cursor Oy:
Carina Pulkkinen, deputy member David Lindström