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Research projects - Water

  • Powering towards collaborative maritime navigationexternal link
    Published on: 18/02/2015
    EU-funded researchers have developed a concept for a novel satellite-based navigation network to improve traffic flows and safety along Europe's congested maritime and inland waterways. Through the exchange of vessel data, the network could help reduce accidents and enable European ports to increase efficiency.
  • Attacking oil and chemical pollution in the Mediterranean (Argomarine)
    Published on: 17/06/2013
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    The hundreds of energy- and chemical-related industrial sites located around the Mediterranean Sea represent a formidable challenge for environmental protection. The EU-funded Argomarine project has developed a system to make the task easier.
  • Rapid response to mitigate the effects of maritime disasters (SUSY)
    Published on: 21/05/2013
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    The propagation of spillages after ship disasters is one of the biggest threats to the marine environment. Instead of focussing on cleaning up the mess, a new EU-funded system will prevent or lessen spillages from the outset, by stabilising vessels in the crucial moments immediately after an accident.
  • Hoverspill – new vehicle for oil spill clean-up and more
    Published on: 09/04/2013
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    The ‘Hoverspill’ project, with support from the EU Framework Programme, has developed a new amphibious vehicle platform aimed at rapid oil spill response. But researchers say it can and will do much more.
  • Cargo crawlers: ship-surveying robots assist human inspectors
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Historically, inspecting cargo ships for cracks, corrosion and other signs of wear has been time-consuming, expensive. For the inspectors who have to climb scaffolding it is also potentially dangerous. Seeking to ease these difficulties, the EU-funded project MINOAS has developed robots equipped with cameras and magnetic wheels that can scale walls and report back their findings – quickly, accurately and safely.
  • Reducing the impact of human error at sea
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    The recent accident of the Costa Concordia cruise ship has tragically shown that mistakes at sea can have severe consequences. The European Commission is supporting advanced research that helps reduce the risks of human error and the impact, should something go wrong nevertheless.
  • EU research targets marine oil spills
    Published on: 27/07/2010
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    A new EU-funded research project is developing monitoring and recognition systems to combat pollution caused by maritime transport and other marine activities.
  • EU-funded 'EFFORTS' project sees successful conclusion
    Published on: 30/11/2009
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    Partners in the EFFORTS project, looking at operational performance, strategic planning and environmental concerns in the European seaport industry, have held their final meeting in Hamburg. EU officials say the initiative has made a valuable contribution to a crucial economic sector.
  • Innovative EU project sees port workers lending hand
    Published on: 13/10/2009
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    The EU-funded 'SECURCRANE' initiative has demonstrated a new system aimed at making life both easier and safer for ship-to-shore crane operators. Critical to the project has been the input and co-operation of the crane operators themselves, based in the port of le Havre, France.
  • 'SAFEDOR' completes four years of research on safe and innovative ship design, operation and regulation
    Published on: 07/09/2009
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    EU-funded SAFEDOR is the first project to develop a risk-based ship design and regulatory framework to achieve safety cost-effectively by treating it as an objective and not as a constraint.
  • Key EU projects demonstrate clean waterborne transport
    Published on: 11/03/2008
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    On 28 February 2008, the European Commission co-hosted a major event at the Port of Brussels, highlighting a number of innovative clean waterborne transport projects and showcasing the ‘CLEANEST SHIP’ demonstration vessel Victoria.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’ joining the dots
    Published on: 14/01/2008
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    More than 45 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 27 November 2007 for the iTREN-2030 project workshop. Among the questions they asked was how to predict the combined effects of EU-wide policies on energy, transport, economy and the environment.
  • ‘FELICITAS’ for heavy-duty transport powertrains
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    The FELICITAS Integrated Project is focusing on the development of fuel cell (FC) drive trains capable of meeting the exacting demands of heavy-duty transport for road, rail and marine applications.
  • ‘GLOBAL VIEW’ bringing railway world closer together
    Published on: 01/02/2007
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    The Specific Support Action GLOBAL VIEW is disseminating the results of selected EU projects and learning from similar projects in India, China and Russia, identifying needs and priorities for joint international rail research projects.
  • Coordination Action to Implement an Advisory Council for Maritime Transport Research in Europe
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ACMARE aims at supporting the European Technology Platform WATERBORNE, to which all stakeholders in the maritime industry and waterborne transport have developed a medium to long-term vision, assess the key challenges, formulate R&D actions to meet these challenges in a strategic research agenda (SRA), set out an implementation plan, and promote the mobilisation of necessary resources.
  • Coordinated Academic RTD and Education Supporting Innovation in Marine Industries
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CAREMAR focuses on mechanisms to link European universities’ expertise with the research, education and technology needs of the marine technology and related sciences sector, by providing a platform coordinating universities’ expertise, and mobilising their skills and resources to support industry.
  • EFFective Operation in poRTS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The European economy depends highly on the effecient operations of ports. Most of European trade passes through portsand this will continue to do so: a doubling of transport volumes is expected in the next 15 years.
  • Elimination Units of Marine Oil Pollution
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project addresses the concept of autonomous units (EU-MOPs) that are capable of fighting oil pollution at sea. Hence its end result will be the design of low-cost units that can be released at the spill area and confront oil mechanically. The entire spill can be covered using a number of these units.
  • European Framework for Safe, Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Ship Operations
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    FLAGSHIP will improve the safety of European maritime transport and make it more environmentally friendly and competitive. The emphasis of the project is on onboard systems and procedures, onshore ship management systems, the impact of new technology on present ship-, owner- and operator organisations, effective and efficient communication interfaces, and the impact of standards and regulations.
  • Gas import floating terminal
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project concerns the development of an offshore floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) storage and re-gasification terminal in which a large hull is moored to the seabed by means of a turret mooring system that allows the terminal to move freely around it in accordance with the prevailing weather conditions.
  • Decision-Support System for Ship Operation in Rough Weather
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to develop a decision-support system that will help shipmasters to deal with their ships’ performance in waves, improving the operational factors connected to operability and availability.
  • Hull Identification System for Marine Autonomous Robotics
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project will develop a multi-purpose inspection and maintenance platform with an advanced navigation system for marine applications. The device developed will offer a means to undertake hull inspections and maintenance, thereby improving the potential safety and environmental impact of vessels.
  • An Alliance to Enhance the Maritime Testing Infrastructure in the EU
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The Hydro-Testing Alliance (HTA) will is an initiative that develops a formal and lasting structure to within the field of marine testing to coordinate the definition and introduction of novel measurement, observation and analysis technologies within hydrodynamic model testing environments. Coordination of development, the sharing of advanced equipment and dissemination of knowledge and guidelines will achieve a more integrated and efficient use of marine testing research capacities within Europ...
  • Technologies and Methodologies for Safe, Environmentally Friendly and Efficient Shipping Operations of the Future
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The Coordination Action, InMare, involves partners operating in the maritime sector. The main objective was to translate the maritime operators’ real needs on input for feasible and effective future studies and/or research projects by identifying the most promising scientific and technical developments in order to make European shipping ready to face the future competitive challenges.
  • Molten-carbonate fuel Cells for Waterborne APplication
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MC-WAP is aiming at the application of the molten carbonate fuel cell technology onboard large vessels, such as RoPax, RoRo and cruise ships for auxiliary power generation purposes. MC-WAP aims to improve the performance of the system to allow an efficient application onboard.
  • Development of the New Thermal Spraying Equipment and Technology for Production of Components for Marine Transport Engines
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The improved maintenance and reliability behaviour of two-stroke diesel engines are becoming the key factors for final users and industrial suppliers. The project objectives, therefore, are as follows:
  • Oil Sea Harvester
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    By raising the issue of marine oil spills to the highest priority for the EU community, OSH is addressing these needs to develop a fast ship in transit to be quickly on the scene and to recover oil in rather high sea states. The outcome is the technico-economical definition of the integrated OSH system.
  • Pollution Prevention and Control-safe Transportation of Hazardous Goods by Tankers
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The consequences of tanker accidents are often catastrophic, as can be vividly attested by the recent disasters of the Erika and Prestige, raising the issue of oil spills to the highest priority for the EU community. The POP&C project aims to address this issue head on by focusing on prevention and mitigation in ship design and operation for existing and new vessels.
  • Remotely Operated Tanker Inspection System II
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Ship integrity and pollution prevention call for periodic ship inspections with high costs and risks to those involved. The Remotely Operated Tanker Inspection System (ROTIS) has been developed to enter the flooded ballast tanks (even during ship navigation) to perform close-up visual inspection and wall thickness measurements, using tele-operation from remote sites. The advantages are lower costs (e.g. avoiding ship stand-by), lower risks and reliable results.
  • Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFEDOR will be the first project to develop a risk-based maritime regulatory framework and tools to achieve cost-effective safety by treating it as an objective and not as a constraint. Novel ship designs, which cannot be approved at the moment but are expected to be as safe as current ships, can then be approved.
  • Increasing the Safety of Icebound Shipping
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFEICE aims to create a scientific basis for ice class rules (ship-hull strength) and for placing requirements on ice classes. The project will be carried out with the participation of universities, maritime authorities and European, Canadian and Japanese marine research institutes. The partners represent the vertical chain from basic research into implementing the ice rules and enforcing safety at sea.
  • Strategic Aid for Escort Tugs at Work
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SAFETOW will provide masters of disabled vessels and masters of salvage and escort tugs with support tools, which will enable them to take decisions in real time with the best available information regarding the consequence of their actions.
  • Cost-Effective and Environmentally Sound Dismantling of Obsolete Vessels
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This research project addresses the ship-recycling problem by developing innovative dismantling and recycling procedures, developing a decision support system (DSS) for the ship-breaking industry and by validating the proposed tools and methodologies through a real case study.
  • Superior Lifetime Operation Economy of Ship Propellers
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    As a response to the continuous increases of fuel prices and the hydrodynamic penalties of ageing ships belonging to the project ship owners, Pescanova and Ocean, SUPERPROP will develop an easy-to-use updating strategic-costs assessment tool, indicated for fishing and tug vessels already in operation. This tool will address a range of hydrodynamic ageing causes.
  • Visionary Concepts for Vessels and Floating Structures
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    VISIONS is the new ‘think tank’ of the European maritime industry and has implemented an annual process for the definition and validation of visionary concept outlines for vessels and floating structures (i.e. potential products for the next 5-15 years).
  • Advanced Decision-support System for Ship Design, Operation and Training
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ADOPT project will focus on optimising safety by the development of a system that senses the environment of a real situation, predicts the ship’s motion accordingly and, based on this data, calculates the actual risk of operating the ship in any given situation.
  • Assessment of Life-cycle Effect of Repairs on Tankers
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ALERT project (Assessment of Life-cycle Effect of Repairs on Tankers) will undertake a thorough examination of the current practices of European industry in the field of ship repair, and to propose improvements to the underlying processes in consultation with industry.
  • Sustainable Ballast Water Management Plant
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The movement of some 3 to 12 billion tonnes of ballast water (BW) in ships internationally each year has been responsible for the translocation of 10 000 aquatic species across biogeographical boundaries. The aim of this project is the development of a BW treatment technology (UV, filters and electrolysis) into a completely self-controlled system.
  • Cost-effective Inspection and Structural Maintenance for Ship Safety and Environmental Protection throughout its Life Cycle
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at significantly improving the reliability of assessing a ship’s condition, by attaching all measurements performed on an operating ship to a numerical 3D model of the ship. This will enable both the electronic exchange of data between maritime actors and a 3D visualisation of the condition of the ship’s structure.
  • Boat Hulls with Enhanced Performance
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This ambitious project aims to develop new environmentally friendly manufacturing processes using lightweight fibre reinforced thermoplastic for the production of composite structural vehicles. As an example, the technology will be be used to produce an innovative semi-trailers and boat hull at lower cost, with enhanced performance and inherent recyclability.
  • Production to improve total efficiency of new generation short sea shipping
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CREATE3S aims at developing a new generation of ships for short-sea operations using an innovative modular concept of separate (ship) platform modules and interchangeable cargo-containing modules. Though the use of advanced manufacturing techniques, production lead-times and costs are expected to be reduced by approximately 10%.
  • Concepts to reduce environmental impact and attain optimal transport performance by inland navigation
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CREATING will improve competitive transportation in inland waterway systems by introducing new logistical and vessel concepts with optimised performance on hydrodynamics, fuel economy and environmental impact, thus improving safety and efficiency.
  • Double Inverted Funnel for Intervention on Shipwrecks
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The scope of the DIFIS project is the study, design (including costing, planning, deployment procedures, etc.) and validation of an EU reference method for the prompt and cost-effective intervention and remediation of tanker wrecks, dealing with eventual leaks and recuperating the fuel trapped in their tanks, even at considerable depths. The proposed method will be of general applicability so long as the trapped pollutant does not dissolve and is of lower density than seawater.
  • Decision-support System for Ships in Degraded Condition
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    DSS_DC develops decision-support tools for handling crisis situations onboard cruise ships, oil tankers and other ships. The situations covered are problems in propulsion systems, hull damage and intentional grounding – including in adverse weather conditions. Co-operation tools for use onboard and between ship and shore will also be developed.
  • Enviromentally friendly coatings for ship building and ships in operation
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    EcoDock focuses on the optimisation of marine coating activities during the entire ship’s lifecycle and considers economy, technical performance, environmental impact and health and safety issues.
  • High-efficiency Engine R&D on Combustion with Ultra-low Emissions for Ships
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The HERCULES IP will develop new technologies to drastically reduce gaseous and particulate emissions from marine engines and concurrently increase engine efficiency and reliability, hence reducing specific fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and engine lifecycle costs.
  • Design of Improved and Competitive Products using an Integrated Decision-support System for Ship Production and Operation
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The principal objective of the IMPROVE project is to develop three new generations of ships in an integrated multiple criteria decision-making environment. This will use advanced design synthesis and analysis techniques at the earliest stage of the design process, which innovatively considers structure, production, operational aspects, performance and safety criteria on a concurrent basis.
  • Integrated Collaborative Design and Production of Cruise Vessels, Passenger Ships and RoPax
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at increasing the competitiveness of EU shipbuilders with better integrating tools and methods for the design and manufacturing of complex one-of-a-kind vessels. InterSHIP will enable shipyard engineers to consider leading-edge knowledge in environmental aspects, safety, comfort and cost efficiency in simultaneous engineering, thus making sure that optimum solutions can be obtained for the total life cycle of complex ships.
  • Network of Excelence on Marine Structures
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the network, which has a duration of five years, is to improve the comfort, effectiveness, safety, reliability and environmental behaviour of ship structures. This objective will be achieved by strengthening the European competitiveness aiming at a permanent organisation of a type of virtual institute, which will ensure the integration of the various European groups in a European centre of competence for the structural analysis of ships with improved safety, environmental behavi...
  • Validation of a Renewable Methanol-based Auxiliary Power System for Commercial Vessels
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    METHAPU strives to facilitate the introduction of international regulations concerning the use of methanol as a fuel onboard ship. The project induces innovation activities on fuel cells, methanol fuel bunkering, distribution and storage technology, thus moving society to a higher level of sustainability.
  • New-generation Natural Gas Ship Interfaces
    Published on: 30/01/2007
  • Power Generation during Loading and Unloading
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    PLUG is a new concept of power interface between LNG or container carriers, using electric propulsion and terminals, which allow them to provide or receive power from the local grid. PLUG is focused on the development and qualification of a quick connect/disconnect 6 600 volts ‘hands off’ concept and its associated power line with a power exchange capability of up to 25 MW.
  • Progressive Oil Sensor System for Extended Identification ON-Line
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    POSSEIDON addresses the development of a sensor-based processing unit to continuously monitor lube oil degradation and contamination in main propulsion and power-generating engines aboard ships.
  • Safe Offloading from Floating LNG Platforms
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    There are substantial advantages in liquefying the natural gas on an offshore production platform and offloading it to a shuttle gas carrier. Such a system is usually referred to as floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG). FLNG systems have been considered globally as a development option for a number of offshore gas fields, but due to perceived operational difficulties none has yet been developed.
  • Safe Abandoning of Ships - Improvement of Current Lifesaving Appliances Systems
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project is aiming to realise innovative and proven evacuation craft concepts to increase passenger safety substantially during an emergency at sea. It addresses the assessment procedures and generates novel concepts in order to increase the reliability of ship rescue.
  • Ship Repair to Maintain Transport which is Environmentally Sustainable
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    As an activity, ship repair and conversion has more of the characteristics of a service industry than manufacturing. Relative to shipbuilding, it is high volume, rapid turnaround and highly unpredictable. This project is important in its structure because it is driven by the industry identifying its problems and requirements, and involves the academic community to help devise solutions.
  • Sustainable Methods for Optimal design and Operation of ships with air-lubricaTed Hulls
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Air lubrication of Ship hull a large potential gain in hull effciency of up to 20%. SMOOTH seeks to fill missing technology gaps and enable air lubrication of hulls within normal European shipbuilding and operation practice for both inland and coastal ships.
  • Spill Response Experience
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SPILL RESPONSE EXPERIENCE (or SPREEX) is a Coordinated Action based on the existing experience of the response to oil spills in Europe. It is focused on the identification of research needs through the development of state of the art for issues identified by more than 25 organisations.
  • The Virtual Tank Utility in Europe
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    VIRTUE is an Integrated Project proposal in response to the call on virtual environment for an integrated fluid dynamic analysis in ship design. It constitutes an EU-wide initiative of leading marine CFD players to create a virtual basin by integrating advanced numerical fluid analysis tools to tackle multi-criteria hydrodynamic performance optimisation of ships in a comprehensive and holistic approach. It will aim to complement model testing in real basins and thus substantially enhance the pro...
  • Full steam ahead – Transport Research in support of EU maritime policy
    Published on: 18/01/2007
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    Research plays a vital role in boosting the competitiveness of the European maritime sector, but supporting an all-embracing maritime policy means facing some formidable challenges. A new brochure, ‘Marine related research and the future European Maritime Policy’, outlines the opportunities and breadth of research required.
  • ‘VIRTUE’ numerical towing tank takes form
    Published on: 29/09/2006
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    Under the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme, a group of CFD specialists and service providers, led by HSVA, have joined forces to develop a new IT platform for the design of fully hydrodynamically optimised ship hulls.
  • ‘CREATING’ shifting cargo from road to water
    Published on: 21/09/2006
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    The EU-funded CREATING project brings together 29 partners from nine European countries, including nearly all countries bordering the Rhine and Danube rivers. Its goal is to reinvigorate waterborne freight traffic through innovative solutions, releasing some of the pressure on European roads.
  • EU-funded safety at sea project has worldwide impact
    Published on: 04/04/2006
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    The results of the ‘HARDER’ project have been incorporated into the revised IMO SOLAS regulations on safety and stability of passenger vessels, applied to shipping around the globe.
  • ‘POP&C’ project to prevent maritime oil spills
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    Oil spills caused by tanker incidents result in catastrophic environmental damage and are almost always the subject of lengthy and potentially embarrassing media attention. Now, the European Union is taking action to ensure that oil-soaked birds and blackened coastlines become a thing of the past.
  • 'SAFECRAFTS' project improving evacuation of passengers following shipping accidents
    Published on: 07/05/2004
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    The EU-funded SAFECRAFTS project is taking a global view of the human and technical factors involved in passenger evacuation. Team members say their approach could result in dramatic reductions in deaths and injuries and could also help make European companies more competitive.
  • SAFEICE - cutting a path through icy waters
    Published on: 08/03/2004
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    Despite dangerous conditions, more and more ships are making their ways through ice-covered Arctic waters. With increasing traffic raising the risk of accidents in this severe environment the new EU-backed SAFEICE project has embarked on a quest to make navigating the ice safer and more economical.
  • ‘ALIVE’- new autonomous vehicle tackles expanding undersea applications
    Published on: 30/01/2004
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    The EU-funded ALIVE project is developing a new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that, unlike conventional AUVs, features automatic docking and manipulation capabilities.