Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner of Regional Policies Corina Creţu visited ChemSAR project on 1st June 2017 in Helsinki. The visit was hosted by the Finnish Border Guard and it took place on board the Finnish Border Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel Uisko.
During the visit OPV Uisko made a short trip outside Helsinki showing the commissioners, their delegate and the international press the beautiful archipelago outside of Helsinki.
The aim of the visit was to inform the commission representatives about the targets and benefits of the ChemSAR project, and how it will improve the international rescue operations at sea. The visit also entailed demonstration of the operations on board OPV Uisko.
Commissioner Creţu stressed the value of the project for sea safety and protection of the environment. The whole delegate was pleased to see how the strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is implemented in practice.
– We are so pleased to see that the European Commission is interested in ChemSAR. It tells us that what we do in the project is useful and important, says Project Coordinator Kirsi Laitio from the Centre for Maritime Studies.
Text: Kirsi Laitio & Mariikka Whiteman