Innovation and Networks Executive Agency


Lean innovative connected vessels

The LINCOLN projects presents three new concepts of added-value specialized vessels able to run requested services for several maritime sectors in the most effective, efficient, economic valuable and eco-friendly way.

The project is developing three types of completely new vessels concepts at TRL5, through dynamic simulation model testing:
• A multi-platform catamaran to serve as service crew vessel and multipurpose survey vessel optimised for ocean energy and aquaculture. It will develop a new eco-friendly people transfer system with improved safety and reduced operations costs.
• A module-based high-speed patrol boat platform that is reconfigurable to adapt to the different operational requirements of patrol and security operators. LINCOLN will develop one platform where different vessels can be designed for several markets and built in series at a low cost. It is expected to launch a new “vessel as a service” business model.
• Emergency response and recovery vessels series for coastal rescue activities, with integrated electronics, IoT connectivity and an enhanced and low cost integrated dynamic position system, which will help rescue operators during their activities and enhance safety and security.
• All the three vessels will share the same design methodology:
• A lean fact-based design model approach, which combines real operative data at sea with lean methodology to support the development and implementation of the vessel concepts
• IT customised tools to enable the acquisition and use of field data coming from an IoT platform
• High Performance Computing simulation
• The project team will design and deliver three vessels to demonstrate the methodology and bring back EU yards to the edge of innovation.

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01/10/2016 to 30/09/2019
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