On-going Projects

Amber Coast Logistics is a project of 20 partners from Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland aiming to support and develop the transport connections in the southern and eastern Baltic Sea region.  The aim of the project is to unveil the full business potential of the area through reinforcing the transport connections especially towards the more remote parts of the area and enhancing the logistical networks across the region. 
 
BaltAdapt is a project that develops a transnational adaptation strategy and action plan to the climate change for the Baltic Sea region. BaltAdapt aims to connect the climate change researchers and their results with the political decision-makers thus improving the climate change adaptation resources in the region. The project runs from October 2012 to December 2013.
 
Bothnian Green Logistics Corridor is a project developing environmentally sustainable transport solutions and business models for the Bothnian Corridor and its further connections. This is done through bringing together actors from the public and private sector in order to discover better transport policies and actions for the future. The project runs from August 2011 to March 2014.
 
CHEMBALTIC is a project that gathers information on the chemical transportations in the Baltic Sea and it is run by Kotka Maritime Research Centre. The aim of CHEMBALTIC is to use the gathered information in making chemical transportations and port handling safer and decrease the risk of chemical maritime transportation or port handling accidents. The project runs from February 2011 to December 2013.
 
CHIP “clean shipping economics – shipping under a new paradigm” is a project run by the Centre for Maritime Studies of the University of Turku that aims to apply corporate social responsibility (CSR) on shipping operations.
 
CITYWATER works for improving the state of coastal waters in the Baltic Sea. This is done through promoting concrete water protection measures in cities and municipalities in the Baltic Sea region. New storm water constructions will be built in Helsinki, Turku and Tallinn. In order to add to the knowledge of costs of water protection, an environmental impact and cost-benefit analysis on local water protection measures will be produced. Also, there is a focus on developing environmental communication among the citizens and municipal authorities. The project runs from October 2012 to September 2015.
 
MarChain is a project aiming to improve the competitiveness of the Baltic Sea region through enhancing the cooperation between maritime clusters and improving the economic and environmental efficiency and safety of the transportations within the region. In the core of the project are cluster initiatives focusing on matters such as intelligent and environmentally friendly transport solutions and innovations.
 
The project MariTime Hubs aims to create an international network through which experience, information and existing best practices related to sudden structural changes in the maritime industry can be shared. The project studies the causes and the effects of the structural changes in the maritime industry and aims to locate the best approaches to cope with the changes. The project focuses on European maritime industry regions in Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The project is carried out by the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) with the Centre for Maritime Studies of the University of Turku (CMS).
 

MIMIC (Minimizing risks of maritime oil transport by holistic safety strategies) project analyzes the cost-effectiveness of alternative measures to reduce the risks and consequences of oil spills in the Gulf of Finland. A model has been developed that assesses the likely annual numbers of collisions and groundings and the consequent leakage, in relation to scenarios for oil transportation for the future. The model also estimates the capacity for oil recovery, and the length of oiled coastline after the recovery activity. The model evaluates whether it is more cost-effective to use resources for the Enhanced Navigation Support Information system (ENSI), compulsory pilotage, the improving of the crashworthiness of ships, or for simulation tools (Smart Response Web/Boris2) that inform where the most environmentally sensitive areas are and that can thus guide oil combating. The purpose of the model is to help the authorities in deciding which measures to implement.

 

MONA LISA is a Motorways of the Sea project run by the Swedish Maritime Administration developing e-navigation services for the shipping industry in order to make maritime transporting more safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly. For this aim MONA LISA develops innovative e-navigational services, which are then presented to the shipping industry.
 
The project aims to unite the maritime clusters of the region by strengthening existing networks as well as creating new ones in order to improve the competitiveness of the sector and to create sustainable growth possibilities through triple helix cooperation. The project has nine partners from Estonia, Finland and Latvia and it is part financed by the Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013.
 
StarDust is a project of the BSR Stars Programme that aims to find better solutions for the societal challenges that the Baltic Sea region faces by bringing together nine Northern European countries and combining their strengths and competences. StarDust consists of five sub-projects that are Clean Water, Comfort in Living, Mobile Vikings, Active for Life and MarChain.
 
The project SUBMARINER aims to promote environmentally and economically sustainable uses of the marine resources in the Baltic Sea region. This is done through researching for example the use of macroalgae cultivation, blue biotechnology, and the harvesting of wave energy in the Baltic Sea region. In the project SUBMARINER the innovations and theories are put to practice in order to be able to find out their actual impacts on the environment, economic sustainability, and regional applicability. The project runs from October 2010 to December 2013.
 
WINOIL (Winter Navigation Risks and Oil Contingency Plan) is a project run by the Kotka Maritime Research Centre. WINOIL aims to increase awareness on the matters of oil pollution prevention measures, cross-border cooperation in the case of oil accidents, and the risks related to winter shipping in the Gulf of Finland. The project will run until the end of 2014.