Technologies for Reduced Environment Impact for Ships (TRESHIP)

Duration: 01.01.1999 – 31.12.2002 (48 months)

Coordination: Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (Norway) and Bureau Veritas (France)

Partners: Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal), Det Norske Veritas (Norway), TU-Delft (The Netherlands), Norwegian University for Science and Technology (Norway), Lloyds Register (UK)

Funding Entity: EU - Programme BRITE/EURAM

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The environmental impact is becoming an increasingly important factor for the shipping and ship building industry, once is faced with increasing environmental requirements and regulations for the building, operation and maintenance of ships. However, there is a lack of insight into how new requirements and new technologies will impact ship design, construction, operation, maintenance, and scrapping. It is in the interest of the entire industry that knowledge of available methods for environmental impact reductions are disseminated. Objective data and methods to assess life cycle environmental impact can be made available to support the development and assessment of new rules and regulations to be applied to the industry, avoiding the implementation of rules due just to those single spectacular events in the industry. The TRESHIP network has participation from 11 European nations, with a mixture of industry, research organisations, and educational institutions. In each of these countries, nationally funded research is going on, and open results from this work will be brought into the network co-operation. Thus the network will become an effective forum for dissemination of knowledge and experience. The objectives of this project are: Initiate coordinated activities in industrial companies, research and educational institutions in European shipping nations to enhance the awareness of the potential for reducing the life cycle environmental impact from maritime transportation in the short and long term. Foster development and adaptation of technologies, and design and analysis methods for ship concepts, ship building processes, and ship operation, maintenance and scrapping practices which can lead to significant improvement of ship life cycle environmental performance. Promote methods for life cycle environmental impact assessment and design methods suited to incorporate means for reduced environmental impact reduction in future ship designs.

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