Damen-led LeanShips project kicks off

15 Jun 2015
The Svitzer reverse stern drive, LNG-fuelled tug is among eight demonstration concepts under the LeanShips project

The Svitzer reverse stern drive, LNG-fuelled tug is among eight demonstration concepts under the LeanShips project

Dutch shipbuilder Damen is coordinating a multi-party, EU-supported project that aims to develop eight demonstrable concepts for low energy and near-to-zero emissions (Lean) ships.

The project - jointly managed by the Netherlands Maritime Technology Foundation (NMT), the Center of Maritime Technologies (CMT) from Germany and Italian ship research centre Cetena – aims to demonstrate solutions that increase fuel efficiency of vessels by up to 25%. It also targets emissions reductions of 25% for CO2 and up to 100% for NOx, SOx and particulate matter.

The project target markets are small to midsized ships for intra-European waterborne transport, vessels for offshore operations and the leisure and cruise markets. The eight concepts under development are:

•    A CNG-powered reverse stern drive tug;
•    An LNG tug;
•    A diesel/methanol dual-fuel engine for OSVs;
•    An efficient LNG carrier;
•    A short sea cargo ship retrofitted for LNG fuel;
•    An inland cargo ship with large oscillating propulsor;
•    A large propeller for a general cargo vessel;
•    Energy-efficient passenger vessels and/or cruise ships.

The initiative’s 46 partners - from 12 EU countries (plus Switzerland) - include ship owners, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and research institutes. They have received funding totalling €17.26 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, towards a total project cost of €22.99 million.

Dedicated teams of equipment manufacturers, shipyards and ship owners as well as rule makers (Lloyds Register is a partner) will develop the demonstration cases for market uptake.

The project kick off meeting will be held at Damen’s headquarters in Gorinchem, the Netherlands on 16 and 17 June 2015.

For more information, download the project description here.


Links to related companies and recent articles ...

Lloyds Register EMEA

view more

Damen

view more