Inter-Secretariat meeting between Regional Agreement Secretariats, DG ECHO and EMSA

The 13th Inter-Secretariat meeting between Regional Agreement Secretariats, DG ECHO and EMSA was held in EMSA premises in Lisbon on the 16 February 2017.

We were proud to present the OpenRisk project plan to the meeting participants and the feedback was very good! It is time for common risk assessment methodologies and dynamic open-source tools in Europe.

In the meeting we also heard about other recent risk assessment projects that have been carried out by the Regional Agreements. This paved the way for good discussion about common needs and possible synergies between the projects.

Apart from that we were glad to publish the official logo of the OpenRisk project. It is a combination of black swan and triage colours. A pretty fly as someone said.



First OpenRisk Kick-off Meeting with Partners

The first Kick Off meeting of the OpenRisk project partners was held on Thursday 26 January 2017 at the HELCOM Secretariat. Participants from all partner organisations (WMU, MARIN and SYKE) took part in the meeting.

Apart from getting to known with each other the purpose of the first meeting was to streamline the project and share ideas about the output.

Mr. Backer and Mr. Laine from HELCOM gave presentations about Methods for Maritime Event Risk Assessment & Validation and Regional Risk Assessments for Preparedness & Response.

The topic of MARIN`s presentation was Dynamic Risk Indicators for AIS Applications presented by Mrs. Koldenhof.

Mrs. Haapasaari from SYKE demonstrated the Sea Track Web spill drift modelling tool and guided the OpenRisk project from the perspective of a response authority.

And last but not least Mr. Baldauf from WMU gave a presentation about Tools for Optimising Safety Improvement Measures.

These presentations will be available from our website shortly.

Having said that, the OpenRisk is really flying now!




Kickoff day for 2016 DG ECHO P&P projects

The DG ECHO Kick Off meeting for selected Prevention and Preparedness projects was held yesterday on Wednesday 18 January 2017 in Brussels. One of the 26 selected projects was OPENRISK and we were happy to give a short presentation of the project itself!

There were many projects on risk assessments and resilience. It was interesting to note the similarities in approaches despite the different fields of activity -from maritime spills to humanitarian crises, floods and cultural heritage protection.

We will try to follow a bit what these other projects are doing to get some fresh ideas and naturally potential for future cooperation.

Our presentation at the event can be found from the following link:


OPENRISK is flying!

We are happy to announce that the OPENRISK project started officially 1 january 2017!  We have been waiting for this moment with excitement since the application was submitted in March 2016 and approved in September 2016.

The launch of projects always takes some time -but here at the office of the  Lead Partner HELCOM the basic things are starting to be in place.

Project Manager Mr. Valtteri Laine, a maritime risk assessment professional with long experience, started working 9. January 2017 and will work with the project at least until closure 31 December 2018 two years from now.

We are all set for a kick off event organised 18 January 2017 in Brussels by the funding agency DG ECHO. There we will shortly present the project background and aims to other projects funded 2016 from the Prevention and Preparedness part of the EU – Civil Protection Financial Instrument. It will be interesting to learn about the other projects with topics a wide range of civil protection and maritime response topics. The donor will also inform of basic things related to implementation.

We have also invited our partners (WMU, SYKE and MARIN) to a Partner Kick-off meeting 26 January 2017 here at the HELCOM offices in Helsinki. Here we will meet each other, some for the first time, as well as polish the workplan including agreeing on reporting and financial matters.

We have also started thinking about a logo, drafted a brochure and created this website/blog -to be able to share our progress and thoughts on risk assessments with the wider audience.

Stay Tuned to OPENRISK!

HELCOM Secretariat/ HELCOM Response Secretary Hermanni Backer and Project Manager Valtteri Laine