North Sea Wrecks - Interreg

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NSW  provides tools necessary for planners, response organizations, economic actors and other stakeholders to assess and propose solutions for risk mitigation regarding wrecks and munitions in the North Sea.

The North Sea is littered with thousands of ship and aircraft wrecks, million tons of conventional munitions and Chemical Warfare Agents. Additionally, bunker oil and hazardous cargo in sunken ships put a threat to human beings, the environment and blue growth operations, such as commercial and leisure navigation, tourism, mariculture and offshore wind parks.

Scientists report a lack of information and knowledge about location of wrecks, munitions, lost materials and sea dumped (chemical) waste and its composition. There is a lack of a co-operation and joint (mitigation) strategy, only fragmented action at national level exist. 

The project provides a comprehensive methodology to assess, investigate and describe respective data sources, incl. mapping maritime heritage sites. Methods incl exploration of potential data and field sampling with research vessels. We deliver a powerful network, a Decision Support Database based on case studies, a risk assessment methodology and policy recommendations.

The consortium is formed of public authorities for maritime safety and planning, scientists and private companies dealing with wrecks and UXO (UneXploded Ordnance). Further public bodies constitute the Advisory Board.

Co-operation with existing projects avoids duplication of efforts.