SIMREC project aims at mitigating the risks oil-spills pose on the environment of the Gulf of Finland by fostering cooperation between Finland and Russia and jointly developing a new generation of training simulations. By combining the know-how and expertise of authorities as well as research institutions of both countries, the project’s objective is to develop tailored training programs and optimize the preparedness of response teams.
The centerpiece of SIMREC is the development of an innovative and cost-efficient simulation environment training that capacitates response teams to maximize the efficiency of their operations. These simulations will be elaborated based on a set of scenarios reflecting potential oil-spills. Scenarios will consider data and predictions on maritime traffic as well as data on the impact of extreme weather and sea conditions on certain areas. Based on this data, hot spots for accidents can be located and all information converted into scenarios that are used for simulation training.
In order to guarantee the success of joint simulation trainings, it is crucial to secure the connectivity of maritime simulators across borders across borders are connected. The Russian and Finnish authorities can develop joint response operations for large-scale oil incidents in the most cost-effective and resource efficient way. Integral parts of this development process are personnel training and investments in network infrastructure.
In order to guarantee the success of simulation systems, a well elaborated training model for oil-spill response simulations is essential. Therefore, one of the main tasks of SIMREC is to compile a training model for response authorities in Finland and Russia that comprises both practical simulation trainings and lectures on the topic. With technical expertise and practical know-how, a unique training environment that offers the opportunity to train a variety of controllable scenarios in a realistic, cost-efficient and risk-free way will be developed.
A fundamental pillar of a successful oil-spill response operation is well-considered, responsible and efficient decision-making. In order to optimize operations, SIMREC aims to elaborate protocols and tools that facilitate persons responsible to enhance their decision-making and communication. Existing patterns of communication and decision-making will be analyzed and converted into a roadmap providing recommendations for best national and cross-border practices. A key factor in the process of fully understanding the nature of successful decision-making and information sharing during operations is to consider the different settings in Finland and Russia and the country-specific factors affecting operations.
Another fundamental task of operation optimizing is the analysis of the current preparedness level of the different actors. All factors impacting preparedness, such as lack of infrastructure in operational situations, lack of availability of recovery response vessels ships, changes in maritime transport chains or environmental changes, need to be assessed to bring preparedness to the highest level and ensure the best possible oil-spill reaction operation.
The South-East Finland-Russia CBC 2014-2020 programme is the main contributor.
The total budget for the project is EUR 1 467 266.
- Kotka Maritime Research Association KMRA (coordinator)
- Aalto University AALTO
- Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
- South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK
- University of Helsinki UH
- State Marine Technical University of Saint-Petersburg SMTU
- Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping MAKAROV