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Mitigating the Effects of Emergencies in Baltic Sea Region Ports (HAZARD)

The HAZARD project aims at mitigating the effects of emergencies in major seaports in the Baltic Sea Region. The types of safety and security emergency include, for example, leakages of hazardous materials, fires on passenger ships at port, oil spills in port areas as well as explosions of gases or chemicals.

Activities improving safety and security

The HAZARD brings together Rescue Services, other authorities, logistics operators and established knowledge partners. The HAZARD enables better preparedness, coordination and communication, more efficient actions to reduce damages and loss of life in emergencies, and handling of post-emergency situations by improving:

  • harmonization and implementation of safety and security codes,
  • standards and regulations interoperability of resources through joint exercises
  • communication between key actors and towards the public
  • the use of risk analysis methods; and
  • adoption of new technologies.

Finland Futures Research Centre together with Pori Unit will apply the Delphi approach in the HAZARD to get an overall picture on challenges in joint exercises, communication, and regulatory framework, as well as to gain concrete suggestions for improvement to the challenges raised in the Delphi. The HAZARD Delphi study will bring new information for seaport, logistics personnel and the authorities. The objective of the Delphi study is to produce new knowledge on:

  • Better communication practices in emergencies, which are also tested in several large joint emergency exercises, and
  • How to cope with the complex regulatory framework on safety and security in a seaport context.

The HAZARD is co-ordinated by the University of Turku during 2016–2019. It is partly funded by the EU’s Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme.






 Further information:


​Ira Ahokas

Finland Futures Research Centre


Project website