There is a lack of operational plans and standard operational procedures for search and rescue (SAR) operations applicable to cases of hazardous and noxious substances incidents in BSR according to rescue authorities and study reports. There are large quantities of different chemicals transported by sea and the risk of accidents exists. Demanding maritime accidents are here almost always international in nature, which emphasizes the significance of common procedures and common level of know‐how. The project will create operational plans and SOPs needed in SAR operations of HNS incidents. It will develop elearning material to enhance and harmonize the level of know‐how to ensure safe rescue operations and a chemical data bank to act as the basis for information seeking in rescue operations and e‐learning. The project outcome will be piloted in a chart exercise and in an international rescue exercise at sea to test the applicability of the project results in practice. The Baltic Sea countries have different national practices for maritime HNS accidents but these incidents call for joint rescue operations and procedures. The project partners represent the rescue authorities, i.e. the project's main target groups.
Rescue and environmental authorities, RCCs, vessels, shipping companies, rescue units, SAR training academies, passengers, coastal inhabitants
The project will consist of five different work packages:
WP1: Project management and administration
WP2: Operational plans and standard operational procedures for SAR operations
WP3: E‐learning material for SAR operations in HNS incidents
WP4: Chemical data bank for joint use for maritime and environmental authorities and shipping companies
WP5: Pilot activities: tabletop and rescue exercises
By creating common operational plans and standard operational procedures the project will tackle the above mentioned lack of operational procedures. By developing the e‐learning material for the different international actors in the rescue operations the project will enhance and harmonize the level of know‐how to ensure safe rescue operations. The project’s chemical data bank will act as the basis for information seeking in rescue operations. The chart exercise and the international rescue exercise(s) at sea will help to test the applicability of the project results in practice and also to develop co‐operation capacities of the Baltic Sea countries.
The planned duration of the ChemSAR project is three years. Project will start in January 2016.
1 University of Turku, Centre for Maritime Studies
PP 2 Finnish Border Guard
PP 3 Novia University of Applied Sciences
PP 4 City of Helsinki
PP 5 Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
PP 6 Swedish Coast Guard
PP 7 Klaipėda university
PP 8 Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
PP 9 Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany
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