Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission

HELCOM BALEX DELTA and other exercises

Response Exercises

In order to ensure the co-operation in case of a pollution incident the HELCOM Contracting Parties regularly carry out exercises. The exercises range from “paper” exercises to operational exercises.   

Most famous are the BALEX DELTA exercises, which test the procedures documented in the HELCOM Response manual and response capability of the Contracting Parties in case of a major accident and an international response operation.

The general objective of the BALEX DELTA exercises is to ensure that every Contracting Party is able to lead a major response operation.

BALEX DELTA exercises take place each year since late 1980s and are hosted by the Contracting Parties according to a schedule agreed at the HELCOM RESPONSE Group. The results of the exercises are also reported to and discussed at the RESPONSE group.

Balex Delta 2018

The 2018 edition of the BALEX DELTA exercise is scheduled to take place during the week of 27–31 August 2018 in Karlskrona area, Sweden. Thanks to extra EU funding, the exercise will have a wider scope and greater impact than usual.

Read more on the project website:

List of HELCOM BALEX DELTA Exercises Since 1990

​2018​Sweden (oil and chemical; shore and OWR).
​2017​Russia (oil; shore); 5 countries, 16 ships, 3 helicopters (press release)
​2016​Lithuania (oil; shore), 8 countries, 14 ships (press release)
​2015​Poland (oil; shore), 8 countries, 21 ships (watch film)
​2014​Latvia (oil; shore), 7 countries, 16 ships, 1 aircraft, 1 helicopter (watch film)
​2013​Germany (oil;  towing) 8 countries + EMSA, 23 ships, 2 aircraft, 1 helicopter
​2012​Finland  (oil; shore and OWR) 7 countries + EMSA, 20 ships (see more​)
​2011​Denmark (oil; shore and OWR) 8 countries + EMSA, 14 ships, 1 aircraft
​2010Lithuania; 7 countries + EMSA, 7 ships (watch film)
​2009​Latvia (oil) 5 countries + EMSA, 9 ships
​2008​Russia (oil, SAR, fire fight) 6 countries +EMSA, 17 ships, 2 helicopters
​2007​Estonia (oil) 6 countries + EMSA, 17 ships, 1 helicopter (watch film)
​2006Poland (oil) 7 countries + EMSA, 23 ships, 3 aircraft (watch film)
​2005​Sweden (oil) 7 countries, 19 ships, 2 aircraft (watch film)
​2004​Germany (oil) 6 countries, 11 ships, 1 aircraft (watch film)
​2003​Finland (oil) 5 countries, 16 ships
​2002​Latvia (oil) 6 countries, 18 ships, 2 aircraft
​2001​Denmark (oil) 7 countries, 11 ships, 2 aircraft
​2000​Russia (oil; shore) 5 countries, 12 ships, 1 aircraft
​1999​Lithuania (oil;  shore)
​1998​Poland (HNS)
​1997​Estonia (oil)
​1996​Sweden (HNS)
​1995​Germany (oil)
​1994​Finland (oil; ice conditions)
​1993​Germany (oil ; aircraft control)
​1992​USSR (oil:  rescue/salvage )
​1991​Denmark (oil; offshore installations)
​1990​Poland (oil)