Sustainable Management of Contaminated Sediments

NordPIANC Meeting September 21th-23rd 2015
The PortInfra network is represented by Maria Johansson, Ecoloop, that will present the challenges for infrastructure in ports and fairways from a maintenance and daily operations perspective. The meeting is held in Lappeenranta, Finland. Read more


SMOCS represented at ECSMGE 2015
In September 2015 the 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering is arranged in Edinburgh. Göran Holm from the Swedish Geotechnical Institute is presenting the paper “Stabilized sediments in port constructions – Important considerations and key experiences”. The paper is written by SMOCS project participants from the Swedish Geotechnical Institute, Luleå University of Technology, Klaipeda University and the Maritime Institute in Gdansk. For more information about the conference, visit the ECSMGE 2015 website.


PortInfra continues work on operation and maintenance issues
PortInfra is participating in the project Reliable Transport Systems (RTS). The work consists of describing operation and maintenance activities in ports as a part of the ground based transport system. In the near future we will examine ports challenges and needs, and in the early autumn submit an application to run a development program for three years with an option for up to ten years. RTS project owner is Luleå Tekniska Universitet who is carrying out the project in collaboration with participating actors and Vinnova (the Swedish innovation agency). For further information, please contact Maria Johansson or Bo Svedberg.


Final report from LTU/SGI project
The final report from the project Sustainable Management of contaminated sediments in the Baltic Sea Region – A BSR Network for prioritization and management of contaminated sediment hot spots is now published. The project was conducted 2011-2014 by Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI) and was funded by the Swedish Institute (SI). To read the report click here. If you have any questions, contact Kristina Lundberg.


BSR-ports are dredging millions of tonnes
A study with BSR-ports indicates that minimum 5-8 million m3 contaminated sediments will be dredged coming years at severe costs. Ports ask for cooperation and knowledge exchange on infrastructure topics. The survey included ports in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Russia and Sweden. Download survey



Baltic Impulse releases report: Sustainable resource management for a healthy Baltic Sea
Through the work of Wolfgang Ahlf at TUHH , SMOCS has participated in the project cluster Baltic Impulse. The cluster aims to gather existing results and find synergies between the nine environmental projects running under the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

The other projects involved in the cluster are Baltic Compass, Baltic Deal, Baltic Manure, BERAS Implementation, COHIBA, PURE, PRESTO and Waterpraxis.

Baltic Impulse – Sustainable resource management for a healthy Baltic Sea


The SMOCS guideline is now finalised and free to download.
The guideline provides, improved comprehensive but simultaneously easy to use guidance starting from a description of “what to do” in the different phases during the whole process of a project and adds on with descriptions on “how to do” in the different phases and decision situations.


Gregory Makusa Lic2

SMOCS congratulates Gregory Makusa, Luleå University of Technology, for Licentiate
Gregory Makusa is a researcher at Luleå University of Technology. In his research work, mechanical properties of stabilized dredged sediments is analyzed. A large-scale field test at the Port of Gävle was utilized as a case study, to verify simulated settlements of preloaded stabilized dredged sediments.

Gregory Makusa, LTU, Lecentiate Thesis – Mechanical Properties of Stabilized Dredged Sediments


The Project PortInfra is about infrastructure development in Ports in the Baltic Sea Regions. The aim is to support a sustainable development of port infrastructure as well as to increase knowledge transfer and cooperation within the BSR ports. The Project was presented at the GESeD congress in Caen, France, 10-12 April 2013. Visit