Co-funded by the EU
Marine litter

Flood Debris

Collecting Floodwater-borne Waste with Oil Spill Response Equipment

The project studies the feasibility of using oil spill response equipment to collect debris carried by floodwaters and transported to water bodies.

Marine litter collection tests

Oil spill response equipment test to collect marine litter

The project aims to support preparedness for post-flood management and explore the use of oil spill response equipment to collect debris washed away by floodwaters and carried into water bodies. Practical tests will be conducted to determine the usability of the equipment.

The results of the tests will be reported and the recovery systems that prove to be viable will be compiled into a ‘Flood Debris Recovery Operational Model using Oil Spill Response Equipment’ data package. The information package consists of a description of the recovery systems, an accompanying guide on safe working practices and protection needs.

The project will start with a background study on marine litter collection techniques used in other parts of the world. The background study will be given greater weight if the oil recovery equipment is found to be completely unsuitable for debris collection, thus fulfilling the project’s objective of identifying suitable equipment. The information package and the background study will be compiled in a report.

More options for post-flood clean-up activities.

In addition to the written outputs, the results will be disseminated in practical terms, both through the organisation of live demonstrations and through means of communication.

As a result of the project, the range of recovery equipment to be used in the event of flooding has been extended and awareness of the collection equipment has increased.

Identification of suitable equipment for marine litter collection and testing and planning of collection activities will speed up post-flood response and recovery and reduce environmental pollution. Pre-planning of debris collection activities will also increase occupational health and safety and cost-effectiveness of post-flood activities.

Main activities

Field tests will be carried out to assess the suitability of oil spill response equipment for collecting debris carried by floodwaters. The tests will be conducted at Xamk’s oil spill response test basin and equipment.

The tests will be used to assess the need for modification of the equipment and to adjust the equipment accordingly, to the extent that the modification work is appropriate within the budget. For collection systems that prove to be operational, a information package will be compiled, including operational descriptions of the equipment, estimates of the quantitative availability and a description of the organisation of safe collection activities.

The information package and the background study will be compiled in a single report. In addition, the information will be translated into practical knowledge by organising live demonstrations for the target group. The information will also be communicated through social media, Xamk’s publications and steering group work.

The project’s activities will be timetabled:

  • WP 1 Background study on methods and equipment to be used for post-flood activities and/or marine litter collection (spring 2024)
  • WP 2 Litter collection testing, development of a testing model, identification of equipment development or modification needs and assessment of equipment availability (summer-autumn 2024)
  • WP 3 Description of a safe working model for flood debris collection with safety precautions (autumn 2024)
  • WP 4 Demonstration day to translate results into practical knowledge (autumn 2024)
  • WP 5 Reporting of results (winter 2024-2025)
  • WP 6 Communication (throughout the project period).


Project name:

Flood Debris – Collecting Floodwater-borne Waste with Oil Spill Response Equipment

Project duration: 1.3.2024–28.2.2025


Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Xamk
Area of strength: Logistics and seafaring
Competence edge: Oil and chemical spill response
Impact edge: Environment and sustainability


Financier and main source of funding: Regional Council of Kymenlaakso; European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Total budget: 69 469
Logistiikka ja merenkulku
Manu Kettunen
RDI Specialist
Logistiikka ja merenkulku
Justiina Halonen
Research Manager