Network of Excellence on Marine Structures

A significant contribution to the improvement of the sustainability of the European transport systems can be obtained by increasing the use of waterborne vehicles. Unfortunately, the safety and reliability of ships is much lower than that of land-based transport systems and airplanes. As a consequence it is necessary to improve the level of safety and reliability of waterborne vehicles, in order to gain the confidence of companies for transporting their goods by ship. Europe leads the world in building large cruise ships, and is also in head-to-head competition in high-speed craft design and building with the non-EU industry, especially Australia and the Far East. It is therefore vital to the EC to design, build and operate appropriately reliable and safe ships in order to remain competitive. The overall objective of the project is to improve the comfort, effectiveness, safety, reliability and environmental behavior of ship structures through the application of advanced structural and reliability assessment within design, manufacturing and operation phases, in order to increase public and commercial confidence in the reliability and use of waterborne transportation. The objective is pursued through a program of jointly executed research in the area of structural analysis of ships, the creation of research facilities and platforms, and a continuous program of dissemination and communication of research results. The way in which the program is designed contributes to the mutual specialization and complementaries through building up strengths and reducing weaknesses amongst the participants.

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    • Research institutions undertaking the sub-projects: University of Liége, Belgium, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria, Technical University of Denmark, Helsinki University of Technology, VTT Industrial Systems, Aker Finnyards Inc., Bureau Veritas, Principia Marine, SIREHNA Germanischer Lloyd, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft mbH & Co KG, Center of Maritime Technologies e.V., National Technical University of Athens, Centro Tecnico Navale, Università di Genova, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Det Norske Veritas, Technical University of Szczecin, Ship Design and Research Centre, Centrum Techniki Okretowej CTO, Unit of Marine Technology and Engineering Technical University of Lisbon Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisnave Estaleiros Navais SA, Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo, University "Dunarea de Jos" of Galati, IZAR Construcciones Navales S.A., Chalmers University of Technology, Netherlands Institute for Applied Scientific Research, Schelde Nav


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Sustainable Surface Transport

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Guedes Soares, Carlos

  • Start Date: 20040201
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25354

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  • Accession Number: 01461645
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM