This is how North Sea accidents can be reduced

The number of incidents and oil spills on some of the busiest sailing routes can be combated in a somewhat simple way, according to a new and comprehensive risk assessment of the greater North Sea on which consultants including Cowi have served as consultants.

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The countries by the North Sea are now able to ensure the highest level of preparedness for oil spills and incidents in the region, which is home to some of the busiest routes in the world. The first international risk assessment for oil pollution in the greater North Sea is completed, and a set of new mutual traffic regulations for the many vessels in the North Sea could prove to be an effective tool, says Carsten Jürgensen of Cowi, which served as main contractor for the initative.

Since 2013, experts from Cowi along with representatives from the countries surrounding the North Sea have investigated different measures which can help reduce the risk for incidents involving vessels and oil platforms in the North Sea, and offshore wind farms as well as groundings. By investigating the different scenarios, it has been calculated in the analysis which scenarios would have the greatest benefits in safety and environmental effects measured in cash value.

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