10 January 2015

Paldiski Port – Estonia and Finland joint oil spill exercise

In late May Estonia and Finland conducted a joint oil spill prevention exercise off the Port of Paldiski, Estonia. The exercise is held annually under bilateral agreements between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

In late May Estonia and Finland conducted a joint oil spill prevention exercise off the Port of Paldiski, Estonia. The exercise is held annually under bilateral agreements between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Finland’s readiness

Commissioned by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the €48 million MS Louhi is based at the Port of Upinniemi approx. 40 kms west of Helsinki in the archipelago. The vessel will be operated by the Finnish Navy. Louhi is equipped to sail in the Baltic Sea all year round and it can reach a speed of 15 knots and even through a 50 cm (20 in) thick ice sheet, it can travel at 7.5 knots.

“Although Louhi did not participate in this exercise, the multipurpose vessel has been fitted with several of our newest technologies that none of the other 14 Finnish oil response ships have, although they also are equipped with our efficient OSR technology. For example, Louhi, with in-built skimmers, is capable of collecting 1,200 tons of spilled oil during just one trip,” he says.

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