The BALEX DELTA 2018 is a time-limited EU project. The two year project will run from 1 May 2017 to 30 April 2019, with a total budget of EUR 950 000, of which 85 percent is co-financed by the European Commission via DG ECHO’s Civil Protection Mechanism Exercise Programme. Thanks to the contribution from the EU, this exercise can take a broader scope and include chemical and shore response in addition to oil spill response at sea.

Timeline of the project


Expected results

The following are some of the expected results of the exercise:

  • Improved knowledge regarding response capacity for maritime incidents with hazardous and noxious substances (HNS) on all levels.
  • Contribute to the development of guidelines on how to react to an international HNS incident.
  • An information exchange analysis, with a focus on the host nation request for support.
  • A general evaluation report with conclusions and lessons learned.
  • The marine pollution services and other involved actors have knowledge of their roles and responsibilities when handling a pollution accident.

Partners and their roles

Swedish Coast Guard: Lead Partner (Management, reporting and exercise planning) and at-sea exercise
County Administrative Board of Skåne: Onshore exercise and logistics
HELCOM: Publicity (and regular BALEX DELTA exercise arrangements)
MSB (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency): Observers program
Polish Maritime Search and Rescue Service: Pre-exercise
SYKE (Finnish Environment Institute): Evaluation of the exercise and of the HELCOM framework