Overall objective of the project is to enhance the cross-border collaboration between research and development institutes and key authorities to reduce risks related to increased maritime traffic and oils spills in the Gulf of Finland area.

South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) conducts development of cross-border/transnational oil spill simulator training model for response authorities across the Gulf of Finland. Four joint simulator exercises are organized.


Xamk participates in Activities 2 and 3. Main tasks: oil spill response training (enables establishing international training programme)

Activity 2: Technical Development of Maritime Simulators
– Ensuring the simulator software connectivity between maritime simulator centres in neighbouring countries

Activity 3: Common Training Programme for Marine Pollution Response
– Aims to develop transnational oil spill response simulator training model for response authorities across the Gulf of Finland
– Training model integrates key results of the project activities, and acts as an testbed for demonstrating the feasibility of the response methods and decision support tools developed


  • Established connection between simulation centres. Operational and functional report and simulation instructor`s guidelines on technical specifications
  • Report on common training needs and objectives, and a video.
  • Joint oil spill response training model. Pilot exercises and one joint exercise.

With simulation education  the oil spill response preparedness of Gulf of Finland can be strengthened effectively and safely.

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Higher education and research cooperation with Russia has been freezed since March 4th 2002, according to the recommendation by Ministry of Education and Culture. Ongoing RDI projects can continue without partners from Russia or Belarus.

More information

Riitta Kajatkari
Project Manager
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
+358 40 5622 202

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Photo: Justiina Halonen 2018


SIMREC - Simulators for improving Cross-Border Oil Spill Response in Extreme Conditions

1 September 2019 – 31 August 2022

Project partners

Lead partner: Kotka Maritime Research Centre

Partners: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk); Aalto University Foundation; University of Helsinki; Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE); Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping; State Marine Technical University of Saint- Petersburg (SMTU)


Total budget: € 1,5 milj.

XAMK part of the total budget: € 447 300

Financiers and main source of funding: The project is co-funded by the European Union.