HELCOM has recently published a case study for the Baltic Sea showing the potential of the recently developed OpenRisk guideline for assessing maritime risk related to oil spills.

The case study is part of the OpenRisk project that led to the development of a toolbox containing several open-access methods for maritime risk management.

"The basic idea of the case study is to demonstrate, in practice, the usefulness of the OpenRisk toolbox and associated guidelines for assessing the risk of accidental oil spill," said Valtteri Laine, the OpenRisk project manager and co-author of the study.

The Baltic Sea case study focuses on maritime incidents in two test areas. The first one includes the Gulf of Finland and the Archipelago Sea, and the second one part of the sea areas south of Sweden and east of mainland Denmark.

The study is based on data provided by HELCOM, and by Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

The OpenRisk Baltic Sea case study is also available both as a report (.PDF) and as an interactive story map.

The three other OpenRisk partners – the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin), the Finnish Environmental Agency (SYKE) and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) – also developed their own case studies.

The OpenRisk project was co-financed by the European Union.


·        Download the Baltic Sea case study
·        Download the OpenRisk guideline
·        View the story map of the Baltic Sea case study