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Maritime transportation is of vital importance to the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea area. During winter, ship navigation is challenging due to the presence of sea ice. Navigational accidents occur rather frequently. While these usually lead to minor consequences, there is a risk of serious accidents harming the marine environment. Consequently, regional and sub-regional policies highlight the need for developing preventive measures to improve the safety of navigation in ice conditions.

The BONUS STORMWINDS project aims to contribute science-based analyses and practice-oriented tool developments for enhancing maritime safety and accident response, during winter in the northern Baltic Sea. STORMWINDS is a BONUS - Science for a better future of the Baltic Seas region - project, equally funded by national and European means. The project has a life-time of 3 years and a total budget of 1.8 Mio EUR. Scientists and practitioners from four European countries and nine different partner institutions are involved. Project coordination is the responsibility of the maritime risk and safety research group at the School of Engineering, Aalto University, Finland.

BONUS STORMWINDS addresses three key research themes. 

The first research theme addresses accident prevention through the development and application of systems-theoretical accident theories to the vessel control system. This is manifested in two development paths. The first concerns the development and application of a new framework for maritime risk management, linking systems-theoretic accident theories to maritime spatial planning tools and processes. The second development path builds on systems-theoretic accident theories to develop an indicators-based safety management model for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS).

A second research theme addresses accident prevention through the development of e-navigation services, focusing on information and route planning services to support voyage planning in sea ice environments. One development concerns methods for classifying satellite images in terms of expected ship performance. Another development concerns a method for optimal routing in actual sea ice environment, accounting for both efficiency and safety. These methods can be implemented in onboard navigation equipment as an additional information layer and used in operational planning.

A third research theme addresses pollution response in winter conditions. A risk management model is developed to support policy decisions related to the organization of the pollution response fleet. Questions such as the appropriate number, location and equipment of response vessels are addressed through a risk analysis which integrates navigational accident and traffic system analyses, future sea ice climate scenarios and accidental spill and recovery modeling. Another development path addresses improvements in situation awareness tools for use in accident response operations. Several web-based applications are developed for improved tracking of oil spills in sea ice environments and for integrating information services relevant for operational decision making in spill response operations. Thus, STORMWINDS aims to advance maritime risk analysis and management, taking an interdisciplinary approach to improve maritime safety.

 

BONUS STORMWINDS was awarded status of flagship project in context of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

 

 

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STORMWINDS News

Novermber 6-10 2017. Participants from AALTO participate in the 3rd annual meeting of the ICES Working Group on the risks of Maritime Activities in the Baltic Sea in Helsinki, Finland. More information  here.

Novermber 1-3 2017. Participants from AALTO present a STAMP-based approach for designing a maritime safety management system at the 2nd Industrial cross-industry safety conference (ICSC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More information  here.

October 18-20 2017. Participants from AALTO present an approach for assessing the oil response effectiveness of mechanical recovery systems in Northern Baltic sea ice conditions at the 3rd Workshop & Symposium on Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments in St. John's, NL, Canada. More information  here.

October 12 2017. Participants from AALTO participate in the 2nd OpenRisk workshop, contributing to the development of open source maritime risk analysis methods in Lisbon, Portugal. More information  here.

October 9-11 2017. Participants from AALTO present an integrated approach for oil spill risk analysis and response effectiveness assessment at the Annual Congress of the International Maritime Association of the Mediterranean in Lisbon, Portugal. More information  here.

September 23-26 2017. Participants from AALTO present the tool for operational response to oil spills and the tool for maritime safety management at the International Workshop on Maritime Safety and Smart Shipping (MSSS) in Wuhan, China.

September 18-20 2017. Participants from AALTO present the tool for operational response to oil spills and an approach for assessing the oil recovery and response effectiveness in Northern Baltic Sea ice conditions at the Arctic Energy Summit in Helsinki. More information  here.

September 13-15 2017. Participants from AALTO present the STAMP-based approach for designing a maritime safety management system at the 5th European STAMP workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland. More information  here.

June 26 2017. Participants from AALTO present the tool for operational response to oil spills under development in STORMWINDS in the Maritime Domain Awareness symposium at the World Maritime University.

June 18-22 2017. Participants from AALTO present a probabilistic model for navigational accidental scenarios in the Northern Baltic Sea at the European Safety and Reliability Conference in Portoroz, Slovenia. More information here.

June 13-14 2017. Participants from AALTO take part in the 1st OpenRisk workshop organized by HELCOM at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. More information here.

June 8 2017. Osiris A. Valdez Banda defends his D.Sc. thesis titled 'Maritime risk and safety management with focus on winter navigation' at Aalto University, which has been supported by BONUS STORMWINDS. Opponent in the public examination is Prof. Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs from World Maritime University. More information here.

May 30 2017. Participants from AALTO present the project, with focus on the oil spill risk management and operational response planning tool, at the PA SAFE Flagship seminar 'The future of maritime safety and security and clean shipping in the Baltic Sea Region' in Brussels, Belgium. More information here.

May 16 2017. Participants from AALTO visit the MEOPAR network in Halifax, NS, Canada, introducing the work related to oil spill risk management and the oil spill response tool.

May 5-13 2017. Participants from AALTO participate in a Fulbright Finland study tour focusing on Arctic. The oil spill risk analysis and response planning tool under development in BONUS STORMWINDS is presented at the Week of the Arctic in Fairbanks, AL, USA. More information here.

April 26 2017. Participants from AALTO participate in a discussion event on current policy issues in maritime and port safety and security in Brussels, Belgium. More information here.

March 23-24 2017. Participants from AALTO attend a roundtable on safety management systems across transport modes, organized by the International Transport Forum at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France, participating in policy-oriented recommendations for the design and implementation of safety management systems. More information here.