BALTWRECK - Preventing massive marine waters chemical pollution from the leaking wrecks and munition

2024-07-01 » 2027-06-30

Interreg South Baltic No STHB.02.02-IP.01-0009/23

A program co-financing activities under the project.: Interreg South Baltic (No. STHB.02.02-IP.01-0009/23)
Project Partners: Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery Polish Academy of Sciences /IMP PAN (PL) - leader
Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences /IOPAN) (PL)
Association of Polish Communes Euroregion Baltic /APC ERB (PL)
Gdynia Maritime University /GMU (PL)
Klaipeda University /KU (LT)
Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde /IOW (DE)
JT Ship Service Tomasz Jatkowski /JTSS (PL)
Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel /GEOMAR (DE)
Nature Research Centre /NRC (LT)
Chalmers University of Technology /CHALMERS (SE)
German Environment Agency /UBA (DE) LtD. /NIO (DE)
Jagiellonian University /UJ (PL)

Project related events

The project is concerned with combating various hazardous substances in the aquatic environment in order to increase safety and water quality. There are about 20,000 known military and civilian shipwrecks at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, of which about 10 per cent are a source of contamination from fuels or remnants of sunken munitions. More than 80 years after the Second World War, hazardous fuel is leaking from some of the rusted wrecks (e.g. carcinogenic pyrolytic oil from the ‘Stuttgart’ has already contaminated 40 ha of the Bay of Gdansk). Other wrecks are close to decomposition and need to be carefully monitored to assess the risk and the real threat to marine life and the impediment to a variety of economic activities on the seabed. Decisions on monitoring, clean-up or exclusion of anthropogenic activities in the vicinity of wrecks are extremely slow, as costly and intensive studies are needed in each case.

The BaltWreck initiative believes that the time has come to bring together all relevant marine research institutions, maritime administrations and decision-makers in the region to solve this major transboundary challenge in a methodological, efficient and internationally compliant manner.

The aim of the BaltWreck project is to contribute to the reduction of pollution of the Baltic Sea by ammunition, hazardous fuel and other dangerous shipwreck residues through the joint development, demonstration and implementation of national wreck management programmes.


Program: Interreg South Baltic

Project area: Water safety, environmental protection, pollution reduction, scientific activities

Project scope: European or transnational (mainly Baltic Sea countries)

Role of STG ERB:  Partner with its own budget

Level of funding: 80%

Project budget: 4 000 000, 00 EUR 

STG ERB budget:  133 316, 00 EUR

Project consortium:  Project implemented with 14 full partners and 7 associated partners from PL, LT, SE, DK

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