Government-owned response vessels in Finland

Finnish national oil pollution prepardness is based on mechanical oil recovery according to Helsinki Convention. Finland does not use dispersants.

All goverment owned pollution response vessels are capable to independent oil recovery which means, that they all have permanently fitted oil recovery brushes build in hull.

The recovery capasity depends - among other things - on the thickness and viscosity of the oil layer and of the recovery vessel's speed. When recovering oil from sea surface the vessels' speed is usually 1-2 knots. If the oil layer would be average 0.5 mm thick and the recovery vessels would have speed of 2 knots, then the Finnish oil recovery fleet would collect total of about 1000 m³/hour.


Navy oil recovery vessel Halli has gone thru a major overhoul which was finalised at June 2010.


Ship's name owner Length [m] Tank capasity [m³] Sweeping width [m]
Halli Navy 60 1400 40
Hylje Navy 64,3 900 35
Kummeli Meritaito 28 70 25
Letto Meritaito 43 43 30
Linja Meritaito 35 77 23
Louhi Navy 71 1200 42
Merikarhu Border Guard 58 40 32
Oili I Meritaito 24 80 21
Oili II Meritaito 24 80 21
Oili III Meritaito 24 80 21
Oili IV Meritaito 19 30 19
Otava FinFerries 34,9 100 25
Seili Meritaito 50 198 30
Sektori Meritaito 33 108 25
Stella Kuljetus-Savolainen Oy 33 100 25
Svärtan Åland government 24 52 30
Tursas Border Guard 61 100 30
Turva Border Guard 95,9 1200 45
Uisko Border Guard 61 100 30

"Meritaito" is ex-Finstahip


Homeports and  theoretical 4h sailing ranges of the Finnish pollution response vessels.

Multipurpose vessel Louhi

Navy's multipurpose vessel "Louhi" was delivered in April 2011. Vessel was ordered by Finnish Environment Institute and is owned and manned by the Navy. Louhi's homeport is in Kirkkonummi in the Gulf of Finland area.

Louhi has 1200m3 storage capacity for recovered oil and about 200m3 capacity for chemicals. The sweeping width is about 42 metres. Vessel has 68 tonnes bollard pull and Fi-Fi-1 equipment. Ship can be safely operated in a chemical cloud.

Multipurpose vessel Turva

Finnish Border Guard received a new patrol vessel Turva in spring 2014. Turva is 95,9 m long and 17,4 m wide. It is equipped and classified as oil and chemical recovery vessel.

The response vessels in the other Baltic Sea States

In case if a large scale pollution accident would happen in the Finnish EEZ Finland would need assistance from her neighbouring countries. The principles for requesting and offering assistance are defined in the HELCOM Response Manual. HELCOM Contracting Parties carry out annually a joint pollution recovery exercise, so called Balex Delta excercise that in 2014 was organised by Latvia.

Published 2013-10-24 at 11:26, updated 2017-11-10 at 10:27