June 2020

Newsletter #6

DAIMON and its extension, DAIMON 2, are international projects dealing with derelict munitions, which contaminate the Baltic Sea's ground, water and marine life. Scientists from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Lithuania and Russia are cooperating with experts worldwide in order to solve this transboundary challenge.
We are part-financed by the EU INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020.

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DAIMON 2 expert trainings: stay calm and register

Obstructions caused by the omnipresent COVID-19 virus have resulted in prolongation of the DAIMON 2: Practical Application project, which started in August 2019, by 6 months to July 2021.

This will allow us to postpone some of the DAIMON events and expert trainings, which were originally planned for Summer 2020. All events will be held according to the updated schedule, which can be found here. Make sure you register soon to these hands-on, free-of-charge courses, because the places are limited!  

Expert training on R/V Aranda in Helsinki 

The DAIMON training in Helsinki is confirmed to take place on 14-15th September, on board of r/v Aranda stationary in the Helsinki port. 

The agenda and detailed information about this intensive course can be found here (in Finnish language).


Expert training and demonstration cruise in Gdynia

Also the two demonstration cruises on r/v Oceania (starting in Gdynia on the 1st and 4th October) are bound to take place. Their participants shall gain practical skills in operation the Decision Support System (DSS) for dumped munitions - software developed by the DAIMON project. Practitioners can gain insight into state-of-art methods of collecting data on the different munitions' parameters and assessing their impact on biota. The data collected during the cruise will be processed and fed into the DSS in order to test it and generate very realistic scenarios. This training will be held bilingually Polish/English and is thus open for international participants.



Preparations for the training in October were conducted aboard r/v Oceania - first cruise after COVID-19 lockdown was launched on 18th May. The DAIMON 2 team tested all equipment and procedures that will be shown during the training.

Doppler recovered after almost 2 years deployment

On March 25th 2020 the team of Chalmers had the opportunity to sail out to Måseskär on the r/v Skagerakand and pick up the instrument that was deployed there with r/v Akademik Petrov in October 2018. It was still working and had logged for 530 days. 

These data will give an excellent basis for assessing corrosion and to model spreading along the bottom and will also serve well in VRAKA-CWA as basic background condition data.

The next step is to try to pick up the instrument deployed outside Bornholm by r/v Oceania during the October DAIMON demonstration cruise.


The recovered Aanderaa RCM9 no 42 Doppler Current Sensor (© Chalmers)

Training and demonstration in Rowy, Poland


On 3-4th October 2019 DAIMON 2 was involved in the organisation of demonstration and conference about the roles and tasks of institutions and services responsible for responding to crisis situations caused by underwater ammunition and dangerous wrecks. Representatives of Polish Naval Academy analyzed the possibilities to counteract threats caused by dumped chemical munitions. During the discussion the main areas of interest of this important DAIMON target group could be narrowed down.

DAIMON at the NATO STO 330 RTG Meeting 'Impact of Munition of Environmental Concern under water'

The special working group of NATO Science and Technology Organization took place in Trondheim, Norway in 6-10 October 2019. This group is devoted to examine assessment of the impact from underwater munitions; the integration of the results from non-NATO studies and the assessment of gaps particular to NATO needs and requirements. DAIMON 2 project presented the goals of the project, discussed the status and potential of DAIMON Decision Support System, and communicated training opportunities that would be available in 2020. 

Marine hazards recognized by the Polish government

On May 30th 2020 the Polish Supreme Chamber of Control has published the long-awaited report with the title 'Prevention of Risks resulting from Hazardous Materials laying on the Baltic Sea bottom'. Numerous DAIMON and CHEMSEA experts are quoted in this document, which calls for action in prevention of the 'ticking bombs' on the bottom of the Baltic Sea: chemical munitions and oil cargo from wrecks such as Franken and Stuttgart. Complex monitoring, thorough risk-assessment and targeted retrieval actions are main postulates of this groundbreaking report.


Diving expedition to the Franken wreck (© Fundacja MARE)

Save the date: Munition Week in Kiel 3-7 May 2021

The DAIMON 2 final event will be held in Kiel in the week 18. (03-07.05) 2021. During this time several national and international research meetings are planning to share knowledge on the multiply dimensions of the underwater munitions problem. More information about the final DAIMON 2 event and the surrounding "Munition Week" will follow in the next DAIMON 2 newsletter.