Partner Search for Major Research and Development project called Efficient Ship Project

Thu, 06 February 2014

An opportunity has arisen to invite organisations to be partners in a UK funded major research and development project consortium called Efficient Ship.

The project aims to regulate the navigational equipment and engine performance parameters for minimum fuel consumption and exhaust emissions by taking advantage of the wind and sea conditions while ensuring compliance with EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) without the risk of  intentional reduction of speed.  The primary experiments have shown substantial fuel saving potential.  To achieve this aim key operating factors affecting the efficiency of ship operations will be investigated and methodologies to optimise navigation and engine control systems, for safe operations and efficient performance, will be developed.  A set of high fidelity tools and processes for the accurate and efficient analysis of of air and sea conditions will be developed. The proposal includes hydrodynamic analysis for ships’ operational performance in normal running condition as well as safety-sensitive environments, such as confined waterways and slow speed behaviour. The project work will concern the adaptation of multi-objective optimisation and integrated design environments for holistic operational performance and minimum powering requirement predictions; this will ensure safe application of the design rules guaranteeing, at the same time, the right balance between economic efficiency, environmental performance and safety.  The main deliverable of this project is a decision support system to provide navigation knowledge to regulate engine running conditions for minimum fuel consumption and lowest feasible CO2 emission.  The overall system will include a standalone platform composed of all harware and software systems. 

The partners sought are Ship operator or marine diesel engine manufacturer as well as a navigation system/software partner.

The funding is available through the Vessel Efficiency II - better systems at sea programme.

The funding available is at a minimum rate of funding of 50% .

Organisations wishing to be involved in the project should contact Dr Martin Ziarati ([email protected]) and Professor Reza Ziarati ([email protected]) based in the Maritime Division of C4FF (

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