In a bid to reinforce international preparedness and response to pollution at sea, the Third Interregional Workshop on Risk Assessment Tools for Pollution Preparedness and Response (PPR) from the EU-funded and HELCOM-led OpenRisk project took place in Valletta, Malta from 24 to 25 April 2018. 


“The workshop was an important step towards providing pollution preparedness and response (PPR) guidelines at the regional level,” said Valtteri Laine, the OpenRisk Project Manager at HELCOM and moderator of the workshop.

“We had hands-on sessions with open-source risk assessment tools which are designed to facilitate decision-making in PPR,” said Laine. The main focus of the event was on practical testing of existing tools and those recently developed during the OpenRisk project, such as IWRAP, ERC-M, KYSTRISK, MARINRISK, FRAM and NG-SRW/ADSAM. The tools help predicting maritime accidents and their consequences. 

In addition, the ISO 31000:2009 based guideline for PPR risk management was also presented during the event, in order to get feedback for finalization.

This was the third workshop in a series of four spanning from June 2017 to October 2018. The meetings aim at sharing knowledge between European and global institutions and regional seas PPR organizations, to further the development of toolboxes and guidelines for PPR risk assessments.

The Valletta-edition was hosted by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and moderated by HELCOM. It was attended by other national administrations, intergovernmental regional organizations and research institutions.

OpenRisk is a two year EU project on methods for maritime risk assessments on accidental spills, carried out by HELCOM, the Malmö-based World Maritime University(WMU), Dutch marine research institute Marin and the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE). The project is also supported by the BONN Agreement (North Sea), the Copenhagen Agreement (Nordic seas), REMPEC (Mediterranean), as well as the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

In regards to pollution preparedness and response, HELCOM countries will also carry out the BALEX DELTA 2018 held in Karlskrona, Sweden later in August 2018, a large scale maritime response drill at sea and on shore simulating the accident of a container shipleading to an oil and chemical spill.


The presentations of the workshop in Malta are available on the public HELCOM meeting site of the OpenRisk 3-2018 Workshop.








Invitation to the Third OpenRisk Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Methods for Pollution Prevention and Response (24-25 April 2018, Valetta)

Date and time: Tuesday 24 April (9:30-17:00) – Wednesday 25 April 2018 (9:30-17:00)
Venue: REMPEC, Maritime House, Lascaris Wharf, Valletta VLT 1921, Malta

Invitation to the Third Workshop and to Join the OpenRisk Process

You are warmly invited to join the OpenRisk process by attending the Third Inter-regional Workshop on Risk Assessment Tools for Pollution Prevention and Response in Valletta 24-25 April 2018, which continues the inter-regional discussions initiated by the previous OpenRisk Workshops in Helsinki and Lisbon in 2017.

A series of four workshops (13-14 June 2017 Helsinki, 12 October 2017 Lisbon, 24-25 April 2018 Malta and Autumn 2018 venue tbc) aim to gather regional PPR organizations, Risk Assessment experts and other stakeholders in order that the OpenRisk project will deliver successful outcomes.

The Third OpenRisk Workshop, organized in cooperation with REMPEC, will focus on practical testing of open source risk assessment tools. This includes new tools that have been developed during the project, and tools commonly used for risk assessments. In addition, the aim of the Workshop is to present the ISO 31000:2009 standard based guideline for PPR risk management in order to get feedback for finalization.

From the following links, you can the official invitation to the Third OpenRisk Workshop, instructions for registration and preliminary agenda.

Invitation to the 3rd OpenRisk Workshop in Malta 24-25 April 2018

Invitation letter of REMPEC

Preliminary Agenda of the 3rd OpenRisk Workshop

The 2nd OpenRisk Workshop in Lisbon


The 2nd OpenRisk Worshop was held in the Lisbon Agreement´s premises on the 12th of October 2017.

After the welcoming words of the Lisbon Agreement and OpenRisk partners, the participants heard presentation about the ISO 31000 Standard on Risk Management, and suggestions how to implement it to the Pollution Prevention and Response activities. This was followed by Round Table discussion.

In the afternoon, the participants heard six presentations about the open source risk assessment tools. This was followed by evaluation of the applicability and attributes of these tools.

All the presentations and the outcome of Workshop are available on the HELCOM meeting portal.




The upcoming OpenRisk Workshops will be organised as follows:

The 3rd will be in Malta during the spring 2018, hosted by the REMPEC

The 4th and final will be in November 2018.


Regional organizations join forces to develop state of the art methods for spill risk assessments


The First OpenRisk Workshop was held in the Finnish Environment Institute´s premises between 13 and 14 June 2017.

On the first day, the participants heard presentations of recent regional risk assessment projects in Europe and Northwest Pacific including end-user needs. These were followed by presentations of ongoing academic projects and new OpenRisk tools. All the presentations are available on the HELCOM meeting portal.

The second day was the actual Workshop day. It started with a round table discussion about end-user needs related to risk assessments. This was followed by more detailed group work on topics based on the earlier OpenRisk Survey. The results of the group work are available on the HELCOM meeting portal.




The upcoming OpenRisk workshops will be organized as follows:

  • The 2nd will be in Lisbon on the 12th of October 2017, hosted by the Lisbon Agreement.
  • The 3rd will be in Malta during the spring 2018, hosted by the REMPEC
  • The 4th and final will be in November 2018

Stay tuned!




OPENRISK questionnaire on End User Needs

To ensure that OpenRisk project output will answer to the concrete needs of the regional PPR organisations, the project has launched a questionnaire on end user needs.

We encourage you to answer this questionnaire and share it among your relevant stakeholders – the more information we can rely on the better.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Last day to answer it the 28th of May 2017.

You can find the survey behind the link below: