technologies have been identified for waterborne transport:
safe and environmentally friendly ships and vessels, looking at
improved concepts and European approaches for concurrent and multi-site
design, engineering or production
interoperability and vessel performance, looking at port infrastructures,
reducing operating costs, improving manoeuvrability of ships in restricted
waters and ports and efficient cargo handling and transhipment.
technologies for monitoring, exploration and sustainable exploitation
of the sea, addressing unmanned surveying, in-situ monitoring and
platforms selected for marine transport are:
is helping to demonstrate streamlined and seamless vessel development
processes and systems, and support advanced production systems which
improve customer response, product quality and manufacturing process
flexibility and control
efficient and environmentally friendly vessels and platforms
Efforts are concentrating on:
- fast vessels for passengers, cars and cargo;
- deep-sea ships for passengers and unit cargo;
- deep-sea floating structures for production storage and off-loading
- unmanned, autonomous and remotely operated survey vehicles; and
- new concepts for short-sea operations and polar shipping.
interoperability and transhipment
Research is focusing on integrating advanced concepts for unitised cargo
and for ship types operating in coastal, restricted and limited waters.
The strategic aim is to demonstrate concepts for multimodal cargo units
and reinforcing intermodal links to ease improve and facilitate cargo
flows between inland waterways and the sea.