As part of the 10th European Maritime Day Conference held in Poole, United Kingdom, on 18th and 19th May 2017 a delegation from the Finnish Border Guard presented a workshop on preparedness at sea, especially developing and sharing practices for vessels during emergencies at sea.
Jori Nordström, Project Manager of the Vessel Triage project and the Head of Operations at the Finnish Lifeboat Institution, presented the vessel triage method, which is a method for assessing and communicating the safety status of vessels in maritime distress and accidents. The method is intended for use by both vessels and maritime search and rescue actors.
Juho Kurttio, the former deputy project manager of the Baltic Sea MIRG project and adviser at the Finnish Border Guard Headquarters, presented the outcome of the Baltic Sea MIRG project. The project was established by the Finnish Border Guard as the responsible maritime search and rescue authority in cooperation with Finland’s Emergency Rescue Services. The project created joint MIRG coordination models and operational guidelines for the Baltic Sea region and supported the harmonisation of MIRG services in Europe.
Teemu Niemelä, the work package leader of the ChemSAR project and an adviser in the Maritime Safety and SAR Unit at the Finnish Border Guard Headquarters, gave a presentation on the ChemSAR project. The project will create the operational plans and standard operational procedures needed in SAR operations of hazardous and noxious substance (HNS) incidents.
Johanna Terva, Project Implementation Team member at the Finnish Border Guard Headquarters, gave a presentation on the European Coast Guard Functions Training Network. ECGF Training Network is a voluntary association of educational institutions providing education in the field of coastguard functions in the member states of the forum. Membership is open to all officially recognised educational institution.
After the presentations, there was a lot of discussion about how the results from the various projects could be used in the future to enhance cooperation, knowledge and understanding. The panel were unanimous in their views that all of the outputs from the work are and will be available for others to access and contribute to.
European Maritime Day brings together Europe's maritime community to exchange ideas and enhance cooperation. Over 600 participants all over the world attended the conference.
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