FP7 Call

Ships in operation

Call: FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1

Content and scope: The aim of this research is to ensure the safety of ship operations in view of the introduction of new IMO (International Maritime Organisation) standards related to energy efficiency, in particular the EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index). Starting from the new IMO regulations, particular focus will be given to the development of right methods, tools and procedures to facilitate and support the safe design and operation of a wide range of ships in compromised situations, in severe seaways, in restricted waters and during manoeuvring, accounting also for interaction with other vessels, maritime structures and the environment. Furthermore, focus should also be placed on the necessary safety requirements of other types of vessels, currently not covered by the EEDI, such as tugs and offshore service vessels in anticipation of future energy efficiency requirements for these segments.

Activities will include:

  • The development of high fidelity tools and processes for accurate and efficient analysis of safety and performance sensitive hydrodynamic problems in complex and/or extreme sea operational conditions, including intact stability performance (surfing/broaching, rolling, extreme motions) and added resistance.
  • Extension and validation of hydrodynamic analysis codes for ships manoeuvring performance in safety-sensitive environment such as confined waterways, including particular aspects of shallow water hydrodynamics and slow speed behaviour as well as the interaction with other vessels and stationary structures in diverse environment and weather conditions.
  • Adaptation of multi-objective optimisation and integrated design environments for holistic operational performance and minimum powering requirement predictions to ensure safe application of the design rules guaranteeing at the same time the right balance between safety, economic efficiency and greenness.
  • The provision of technical input position paper to the Commission based on the project results to support, when requested, the activities of EU services within the IMO framework.

Research can address all ship types, including non-cargo ships such as tugs and offshore service vessels, but proposals should clearly identify the ship type(s) as well as the condition of operation concerned by the research project. Participation of ship owners and operators, classification societies and ports will be considered as an asset.

Expected impact: Results should contribute to enhance the safety of vessels in compromised situations while respecting regulatory environmental constraints. Projects will contribute to the strengthening of technical knowledge as inputs to negotiations in IMO.