Workshops for Polish participants of the SBOIL project were held on 28th June at the Maritime University of Szczecin.

One day before, on the 27th June, an oil barrier, being the result of cooperation of researchers and experts participating in the project, was tested in Świnoujście. The whole barrier was spread out on the SAR vessel, Captain Poinc, during a training at sea and its operation was tested in practice - the tests were satisfactory. Innovativeness of the method used here involves the use of a material being an ecological, natural oil absorbent, which is also biodegradable. The working method of the barrier with the use absorbents was presented in Wały Chrobrego as a part of the design workshop held on 28th June at the Maritime University. The participants of the workshop included, except for project members, representatives of SAR as well as maritime offices and institutions from Poland (e.g. Maritime Offices, Port Authorities as well as Environmental Protection Inspectorates and the State Fire Services).

The aim of the SBOIL project - South Baltic Oil Spill Response - is to improve the system of rapid reaction to oil spills in unfavourable weather conditions and on shallow waters. The project is carried out by a consortium of universities from Germany, Sweden and Poland: the University in Rostock, the World Maritime University in Malmo and the Maritime University of Szczecin. The aim of the project is to work out some solutions and implement new concepts of reaction to oil spills - i.e. development of new technologies and their use in practice.

The barrier tested and presented in Szczecin and Świnoujście is a prototype of a developed solution, which, together with the technology, will be transferred to a non-profit institution right after the end of the project and used in practice for the benefit of marine environment.