Eu/russia/baltic: Project to Combat Oil Spills Launched

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Eu/russia/baltic: Project to Combat Oil Spills Launched


A new EU-funded project aimed at improving the ability to detect and react to oil spills in the Baltic Sea has been launched, the European Commission's delegation to Russia announced on July 15. The two-year, Euro 2 million project will be implemented primarily in St Petersburg by the Russian State Marine Pollution Control, Salvage and Rescue Administration, with assistance from European and Russian experts. The Consortium contracted by the European Commission to implement the project is led by COWI A/S (Denmark), in consortium with Carl Bro A/S (Denmark), VTT Industrial Systems (Finland) and the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE).

The project looks to enhance international co-operation on the prevention and treatment of oil spills in the Baltic Sea that could result from oil operations or accidents. It looks to review and compare best practice, also promoting this knowledge throughout the Russian agencies and administrations responsible for oil monitoring and response systems. The Commission delegation remarked that a cleaner Baltic would benefit the whole region, claiming that implementation of the project would contribute to increasing stocks of fish, shellfish and other marine organisms, which in turn would benefit fishing fleets, local communities, NGOs and the local coastal industry. …

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