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Marine AMMunitiOn dump site exploration by surface- and underwater-based laser mass spectrometric TRACing technology.


Marine AMMunitiOn dump site exploration by surface- and underwater-based laser mass spectrometric TRACing technology.




  • Ongoing


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€ 2,100,000


Sep 2021 - Aug 2024

Type of action

Joint Call

Project Abstract

European waters are strongly contaminated with underwater munition (UM). The majority of UM originates from dumping activities during and after WWI and WWII to eliminate large quantities of war remnants, including conventional and chemical weapons. The UM includes hundreds of thousands of de-fused shells, mines and aerial bombs. Furthermore, unexploded ordnance (UXO), sunken underwater mine barriers, and wrecks of military vessels carrying munitions contribute to the problem.

AMMORACe draws together European companies and research organisations that develop analytical techniques and instruments for environmental contaminant measurements, design and build hardware for underwater operations in marine systems, assess the presence of historic munitions in marine waters and sediments, and conduct underwater munition clearance operations. AMMOTRACe aims to develop new shipboard and in situ measurement approaches to detect in real time conventional and chemical warfare munition compounds (MCs) in coastal systems, and demonstrate the chemical techniques alongside traditional geophysical measurements at munition dumping sites and regions with presence of munitions. The project will develop new laser photoionisation mass spectrometry (PIMS) and ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) based approaches, by combining the latest laser, ion detector, platform and communication technologies to be used for marine munition detection and clearance.

AMMOTRACe is a transdisciplinary project, involving science, engineering and companies across a range of disciplines to develop new solutions beyond disciplinary perspectives. The project has been co-designed with companies marketing environmental monitoring instrumentation and conducting marine EOD operations, and AMMOTRACe aims to co-produce its technologies and thereby facilitate a smooth technology transfer to companies and society.



Prof Eric Achterberg, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany



GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Research institute, Germany

DEME nv. Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering, Large scale enterprise, Belgium

CTM Centrum Techniki Morskiej S.A., SME, Poland

IOPAN Institute of Oceanology, Research institute, Poland

University of Rostock, University, Germany

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Research institute, Germany

Photonion Airsense, SME, Germany

Innolas Laser GmbH, SME, Germany