The BONUS BALTIMARI project sets out to review the current state of the art in risk analysis and decision support, focusing on the Baltic Sea area. We target the areas of a) Maritime transportation systems (MTS) and b) Offshore energy production systems (OEPS). In collaboration with various stakeholders, we aim to identify priorities for future research in risk management.
Review of the state of the art
We review several research projects in the Baltic Sea area which have developed analysis methods for decision support in accident prevention, response and risk mitigation. The key factors that will be studied are:
- utility: cost-effectiveness and technology readiness level
- quality of the underlying evidence
- firmness of the method’s scientific basis
- existing knowledge gaps and
- intended end users
Evaluation and assessment of uptake of past R&I
The assessment investigates whether the results of research are being used in practice. We aim to understand factors affecting successful uptake of research results. We will compile a document of best practices based on interactions with relevant stakeholders. Selected projects with varying uptake and of different budgets in different organizations will be analyzed through interviews. Evaluation of uptake will involve understanding the end users’ thoughts on research. This will help identify pathways for improving the transfer of research to industry and policy environments.
Identification of knowledge gaps
Knowledge gaps related to risks in the MTS and OEPS, e.g. related to human behavior aspects, autonomous vessels, and environmental pollution will be identified, along with gaps in analysis and decision support tools.
The people behind BONUS BALTIMARI project represent six institutions in five countries:
Pentti Kujala (project coordinator) and Ketki Kulkarni (project manager), Aalto University, Finland; Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs and Maher Ali Al-Quhali, World Maritime University, Sweden; Gerrit Tuschling and Michael Gluch, Hochschule Wismar, Germany; Sakari Kuikka, University of Helsinki, Finland; Jakub Montewka, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland; Robert Aps, University of Tartu, Estonia.