NDPTL Secretariat hosts kick-off meeting of OpenRisk II project, on state-of-the-art maritime transport risk management in the Baltic & Arctic seas

Yesterday, the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) Secretariat hosted the partner kick-off meeting of the OpenRisk II project on state-of-the-art transboundary maritime risk management (2023-2026).

The intensive full day meeting at the premises of NDPTL institutional host, Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) featured presentations of partner activities, interactive group work and plenary discussions on detailed planning of the steps toward achieving the three key output of the project as well as project administration. The kick-off event gathered representatives from all the seven project partner institutions, competent national administrations and leading research institutions based in Finland, Norway, Estonia and Poland.

The 2 Meur OpenRisk II project is co-funded by the EU Interreg BSR programme 2021-2027 and implemented during November 2023-October 2026. The project will develop and pilot state of the art tools for a shared navigational risk picture for the Baltic Sea region based on a regional adaptation of the Norwegian AISyRISK system (https://aisyrisk.no/), improving it with a new module on risks related to ice to navigation, for inclusion of environmental and biodiversity information to decision making related to response to oil spills at sea as well as for improving institutional capacity in risk management. In particular the ice module will have direct use also beyond the Baltic Sea region, as ice is a key navigational hazard also in the Arctic and other ice-covered seas of the world.

The drafting of the winning OpenRisk II proposal, approved by Interreg BSR in June 2023, was led by NDPTL Secretariat (Hermanni Backer Johnsen) and the project Lead Partner Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) (Valtteri Laine and Mirka Laurila-Pant). The project builds partly on the work carried out within the EU DG ECHO funded project Openrisk (2017-18), led by HELCOM.

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