Review and future of risk management in the Baltic Sea

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The BALTIMARI project sets out to review the current state of the art in risk analysis and decision support, focusing on the Baltic Sea area. We target the areas of a) Maritime transportation systems (MTS) and b) Offshore energy production systems (OEPS). In collaboration with various stakeholders, we aim to identify priorities for future research in risk management.

We review several research projects in the Baltic Sea area which have developed analysis methods for decision support in accident prevention, response and risk mitigation. The key factors that will be studied are: 1) utility: cost-effectiveness and technology readiness level; 2) quality of the underlying evidence; 3) firmness of the method’s scientific basis; 4) existing knowledge gaps and 5) intended end users.

The assessment investigates whether the results of research are being used in practice. We aim to understand factors affecting successful uptake of research results. We will compile a document of best practices based on interactions with relevant stakeholders. Selected projects with varying uptake and of different budgets in different organizations will be analyzed through interviews. Evaluation of uptake will involve understanding the end users’ thoughts on research. This will help identify pathways for improving the transfer of research to industry and policy environments.

Knowledge gaps related to risks in the MTS and OEPS, e.g. related to human behavior aspects, autonomous vessels, and environmental pollution will be identified, along with gaps in analysis and decision support tools.

Project Funding

Project has received funding from BONUS (Art. 185), funded jointly by the EU and the Swedish Research Council Formas, the Polish National Centre for Research and Development, and the Estonian Research Council.

Project Partners

  • Aalto University, Finland
  • World Maritime University, Sweden
  • Hochschule Wismar, Germany
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Gdynia Maritime University, Poland
  • University of Tartu, Estonia
Ketki Kulkarni Aalto University, Researcher

Implementation time

30.10.2018 - 31.3.2020