Eco-REFITEC Data Base Design Survey
Thu, 25 October 2012
Due to the IMO and EU recently developed measures to prevent pollution from ships and shipyards respectively, such as those aimed at reducing atmospheric pollution and addressing climate change and global warming, the European Repair Shipyards are facing a major challenge.
The retrofitting options and environmental upgrades of existing vessels are certain to form an increasingly significant component of additional work within what is already a very buoyant and competitive sector. However, the ability of the European shiprepair sector to meet the needs of the shipping industry cannot be taken for granted.
Efforts in research, development and innovation (RDI) are needed as key drivers of success; it is a powerful instrument to improve products and processes, to maintain the technology bases and to ensure the proper level of skilled people to work in the maritime sector. By using the technological knowledge (eco-innovation process) that it is already available in Europe (not only in the waterborne sector), repair shipyards will be more competitive and it will allow to keep and increase their market share.
The overall objective of ECO-REFITEC project is to improve the competitiveness of the European shipyards and SME's involved in shipbuilding, shiprepair & recycling.
As ship owners and operators have to focus much more on to adopt measures to prevent or reduce any pollution from ships (new and existing), ECO-REFITEC project aim to develop IT supported tools for retrofit impact evaluation on ship life cycle economy; energy; environmental performance and safety; and to identify/develop/explore eco-retrofitting technologies and solutions for existing fleet to comply with some current and future IMO standards.
In addition, as the industry has to fulfill a wide range of constantly increasing requirements in the scope of environmental legislation and regulation, ECO-REFITEC aims also to provide practical and cost effective solutions to major environmental problems associated to the new eco-innovative process to be carried out in ship retrofitting activities in European repair shipyards
The aim of the ECO-REFITEC project WP2 is to identify technological eco-innovation solutions (processes, materials and modules) that might be of relevance to improving the performance of ship repair industry, especially to address the future retrofit activities to be carried out in small & medium size shipyards.
The specific objectives of this work package include the development of a ECO-REFITEC Database (ERLCA - DB) taking into account the selected types of vessels analyzed, which are relevant both for European shipping companies and shipyards and the development of tools for data base operation and updating.
In order to conceive the features of the eco-refitec database we are kindly asking you to help us with your opinion.
We need your insight, so please take a few minutes to tell us what you need from the Eco-Refitec Database.
Click Here to take part in the survey