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  • eMAR
  • eMARThe e-Mar project aims to empower the European maritime sector in offering efficient quality shipping services fully integrated in the overall European transport system over an upgraded information management infrastructure. e eMar approach will facilitate extensive participation of the European maritime public, business and research community in a knowledge development process leading to the specification of the e-Maritime Strategic Framework.

    The development of the e-Maritime Strategic Framework will include the following key aspects: a) A number of market surveys to be conducted by a leading company in this field to identify business drivers and requirement priorities of different stakeholder groups b) Stakeholder needs analysis, using knowledge of technology and architectural capabilities from related research projects such as MarNIS, Freightwise, EFFORTS, Flagship, SKEMA etc. to identify new processes and functionalities. c) Identification of implications for standardization and standardization strategies for areas that cannot be relied upon being developed in other places. d) Measures to address legal and organizational inconsistencies at national and regional levels, human factors and change management issues. e) Interfaces with SafeSeaNet, e-Freight and e-Customs, National Single Windows, Galileo and e-Navigation developments. f) Cost-benefit analysis for new business models (and corresponding legal changes) relying on e-Maritime services.

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  • Mosaic
  • MosaicThe Proposal aims to investigate two novel ideas concerning ship structures. First the introduction of High Strength Low Alloyed Steels (HSLA ) in specific structural details in order to deal with the major issue of crack initiation and propagation in critical areas of ships and second the replacement of specific structural parts of the ship with composite materials. Regarding the use of HSLA steels, it has been well documented that today’s merchant ships are prone to crack initiation and propagation in stress concentration areas mostly due to fatigue loads. In this respect it is envisaged to replace Grade A or AH steels by HSLA steels with high toughness properties in specific areas of the ship structure, thereby reducing the risk of cracks developing in stress concentration areas.

    Concerning the use of composite materials, it is envisaged that they could replace parts of the steel structure, such as superstructures, piping and other non-critical parts. Composite materials can replace steel in certain parts of the ship thereby reducing weight and corrosion effects, without sacrificing structural integrity.

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  • eCompliance
  • eCompliancee-Compliance will build upon strengths created across numerous EU projects in order to facilitate tighter integration and co-operation in the fragmented field of regulatory compliance in the maritime domain. Regulations are created by numerous different bodies, with little co-operation between them. As such, there is a significant lack of cohesion between the vast array of regulations and the possibility of conflicting regulations is very real.

    By creating a model for managing regulations digitally and creating services for all the different stakeholders, can harmonize these regulations and allow for co-operation between the different stakeholder groups. Not only will this improve the quality of regulations, but it will also reduce the burden for those having to enforce the regulations as well as those who must comply, resulting in a regulatory regime that is more effectively implemented.

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  • Incass
  • Incass_logoThe INCASS (Inspection Capabilities for Enhanced Ship Safety) project is a multifaceted project bringing together a range of experienced and dedicated partners in order to tackle the issue of ship inspection, identification of high-risk and sub-standard ships, providing access to information related to ship surveys independent of the ship flag state and inspection regime and moreover incorporate enhanced and harmonized cooperation of maritime stakeholders in order to avoid ship accidents, promote maritime safety and protect the environment (EC 2012).

    The INCASS consortium aims to bring an innovative solution to the integration of monitoring, inspection, data gathering (including real-time information), risk analysis and management and Decision Support for ship structures, machinery and equipment in an efficient and collaborative manner through the introduction of the following innovative concepts:

    • Enhanced inspection of ship structures based on robotic platforms
    • Providing ship structures and machinery monitoring with real time information
    • Incorporate Structural and Machinery Risk Analysis 
    • Advanced/Condition Based inspection tools and methodologies 
    • Reliability and Criticality based Maintenance founded on Condition Based approaches
    • Enhanced Central Database including ship structures and machinery available to maritime authorities (e.g. EMSA, Port State Control), Classification Societies and ship operators
    • Decision Support System (DSS) for ship structures and machinery for continuous monitoring and risk analysis and management of ship operation as a function of its operational profile

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  • SHOPERA
  • Shopera_logoThe 2012 guidelines on the attained Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships (MEPC.212 (63)) represent a major step forward in implementing the REGULATIONS ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF SHIPS (resolution MEPC.203 (62)). There are, however, serious concerns regarding the sufficiency of propulsion power and of steering devices to maintain the maneuverability of ships in adverse conditions, hence the safety of ships. This gave reason for additional considerations and studies at IMO (MEPC 64/4/13).

    Furthermore, whereas present EEDI regulations concern the limitation of toxic gas emissions by ship operation, what is a new constraint in ship design and operation, it necessary to look holistically into this and find the right balance between efficiency, economy, safety and greenness.

    The aim of the proposed research project is to address the above by: further development and refinement of high fidelity, hydrodynamic simulation software tools for the efficient analysis of the maneuvering performance and safety of ships in complex environmental conditions; Performing sea keeping/ maneuvering model tests in combined seaway/wind environment for different ship types, to provide the required basis for the validation of results obtained by numerical simulations, whereas full scale measurements available to the consortium will be exploited; Integrating validated software tools into a ship design software platform and set-up of a multi-objective optimization procedure; Investigating the impact of the proposed new guidelines on the design and operational characteristics of various ship types; investigating in parallel the impact on EEDI by the developed integrated/holistic optimization procedure in a series of case studies; development of new guidelines for the required minimum propulsion power and steering performance to maintain maneuverability in adverse conditions; preparing and submitting to IMO a summary of results and recommendations for further consideration.

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  • Seahorse
  • Seahorse_logoWithin the aeronautical industry it is critical to have safe and reliable operations in order to prevent accidents and mistakes which can potentially cause a huge loss of life and destruction. In this respect, the aeronautical industry has led the way in terms of understanding and implementing tools, methodologies and systems to combat human error within a system. One such principle which has been highlighted as being particularly successful is the integration and adoption of resilience engineering principles. Resilience engineering within the aeronautical industry has been very useful onboard aircraft where the number of accidents and incidents has been shown to decrease through the utilization of resilience engineering.

    In order to achieve successful transfer and implementation of the proven resilience engineering concepts and tools from the aeronautical industry to marine transport, a systematic approach needs to be adopted. Therefore, within the SEAHORSE project it is our aim to TRANSFER the effective and successful safety concepts utilised in the aeronautical industry, adapting and tailoring them to the unique needs of marine transport in the following manner.

    Firstly, the best practices in aeronautical industry with regard to managing errors and non-standard practices will be identified. Then, the current practices in marine transport will be assessed and gap analysis in order to identify any potential gaps that may affect the successful implementation of safety management will be conducted. Finally, a ‘Multi-level Resilient Marine Transport Framework’ will be developed through the adaptation of the identified resilience engineering principles of the aeronautical industry to the unique needs of marine transport.

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  • Mesa
  • mesa_logoMaritime Europe Strategy Action (MESA – FOSTER WATERBORNE), main strategic objective (in line with WATERBORNETP) is to strengthen the effectiveness of the research and innovation capacities of the European maritime industry, by:

    – Optimization of the European maritime RDI strategies

    – Improvement of the stakeholders network, of the dissemination, of the use of the research results, and increasing the visibility of the R&I findings

    – Fostering the definition of the maritime R&I transport policies
    MESA, is:

    (1) Providing support to the WATERBORNE TP work, enlarging and maintaining it,
    (2) Identifying 4 major themes (implemented via Thematic Technology Groups on Energy Efficiency, Safety, Production, E-Maritime) performing an in depth analysis and assessment of the achievements at EU and National level, to foster future strategic lines in research and innovation,
    (3) Updating the strategic research agenda and creating an innovation agenda contributing to close the gaps between research and market uptake,
    (4) Enhancing a network for the exchange of ideas and priorities, (5) acting as major player for dissemination raising waterborne value chain profile and visibility in Europe.

    Foresight activity will provide market, societal and regulatory trends studies, contributing to transport RDI policies. A Integration Group will issue Strategic documents for the waterborne sector: VISIONS2030, Strategic Research Agenda, Innovation Agenda, Implementation Plan, homogenizing findings of the Thematic Technology Groups and the Foresight. A comprehensive communication strategy will be implemented including coverage of the TRA2014, 2016, Technology Workshops, Major Conferences, Newsletter, Brokerage Events, Show Cases of successful projects, TRIP liaison, etc.

    MESA involves 28 partners, (industrial, research, education, associations) ensuring the widest possible participation accustomed to work together since many years, in the majority of EU projects and in the WATERBORNE-TP

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  • Flagship
  • Flagship_FP6(1)FLAGSHIP was a 53 month, part EU-funded project, focusing on improvement of safety, environmental friendliness and competitiveness of European maritime transport. The project will contribute to a further increase in the capacity and reliability of freight and passenger services and to a reduction of negative impact from accidents and emissions.

    The emphasis of the project is on on-board systems and procedures, ship management systems on shore, impact of new technology on present ship-owner and operator organizations, effective and efficient communication interfaces and impact of standards and regulations
    .Project has been successfully completed on May 2012 and Danaos acted as major participant with a total budget of 1,415,120€ and gained a fund of 690,500€ corresponding to 82 man-months.

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  • Inmare
  • Logo-inmareUnder the increasing pressure of the public opinion, the market and Authorities of European Union, there is a growing attention to the waterborne transport as a solution to reduce the increasing pressure of the road transport in freight and passenger and to enhance the reliability and safety level of waterborne transport services.

    As consequence, in the next future ship-owners will be requested to provide a higher quality, reliable, safe and secure service both for increasing the absorption of traffic share and for providing a more efficient and reliable service, also through the effective integration of the maritime transport in a complete inter-modal chain.

    To fulfill these demands, a greater effort in research and development is the most appropriate way to promote progress of the scientific and technological level of waterborne transport and to encourage a wider application of the so defined “best practices” among ship-operators. Main value of the InMare C.A. is to build a wide round table of the different maritime transport’s actors (ship-yards, systems makers, etc.), leaded and steered by the most representative selection of E.U. ship-operators with the goal to trace the way to the ship-operation of the future.

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  • Lifetime
  • The LIFETIME project considers the problem of large marine engine performance degradation and emissions increase in time. This problem is compounded by the fact that a conventional marine engine has optimum matching fixed at a certain operating regime.

    The target of the project is to develop control systems able to optimize engine performance with the emissions level as an optimization constraint.

    A series of systematic shipboard measurements and test bed experiments, followed by detailed simulations of power plant operation, will allow the development of new control schemes, which will be implemented in engine control systems. These will be installed on board a ship with an intelligent engine and also a ship with ultra-large bore engine.

    Moreover, a performance/emissions observer system based on the same technology will be installed on board a ship with conventional engine. Systems functionality will be examined by full-scale sea passage tests.

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  • Mass
  • To improve human behavior on board ships with special attention to emergency situations, by providing practical tools and solutions which can be readily implemented in order to enhance on-board and on-shore management and improve the working condition of shipboard personnel.

    This would involve devising appropriate tools and procedures for effective man/machine interface so as to reduce the impact of human element in marine incidents.

    These objectives will include also the proper ISM code manual as well as the new STCW impact evaluation and will be pursued through the development of several co-ordinate and linked work task, which comply with the terms of reference of the EU work program.

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  • Acme
  • Methods development enabling examination of the dynamic behavior of the propulsion installation in advance, during the ship design stage. The development of engine adaptive control schemes and governor algorithms allowing maximum exploitation of power plant capabilities in all ship operating conditions.

    Methods and schemes verification by full scale ship-board testing.

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  • Marin-ABC
  • The aim is to demonstrate the benefits of the use of mobile ship-to-shore communication to give shore-based experts the possibility to assist the crew to solve non-routine maintenance and repair problems. In addition to voice and data the transmission will include still and full motion video. Unlimited mobility requires the use of satellite links.

    The new ‘high speed data’ service presently being prepared by Inmarsat opens far-reaching opportunities in this area.

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