Ship recycling market is certainly one of increasing growth but also one with growing concerns about environmental safety, health and welfare matters. At the end of this decade, some 4.000 ships with an aggregate gross tonnage of 24 million are expected to be recycled. These figures warrant a thoroughly structured approach to the ship recycling issue by the maritime industry as a whole. This research project aims to:
-Develop innovative dismantling and recycling procedures consisting of optimal design of a prototype ship dismantling site, and optimisation of ship breaking facilities and dismantling processes with respect to environmental and energy issues, cost, as well as occupationally hazards concerns. The above will also be applied to cases concerning basic improvement of already operational ship breaking yards, which may be active in full or partial dismantling.
- Develop a Decision Support System (DSS) for the ship breaking industry, which will be released free of charge to all stakeholders worldwide. The DSS will take into consideration the existing capacity and dismantling methodology of a given ship breaker, the type and the particular characteristics of the dismantling ship, and diverse third parties reports, and it will outline the dismantling process in an environmentally sound, cost and energy effective way, taking into consideration the health and safety of the workers. It is estimated that the implementation of the DSS will lead to a reduction of manufacturing costs by 20%-30%.
- Validate the proposed tools and methodologies through a real case study. The larger Turkish ship-breaker will first improve its facilities and modify its infrastructure and dismantling processes according to the outcomes of the project.
Then, through a real case of a particular vessel, it will follow the overall dismantling scheme proposed (DSS and methodologies), the aim being to evaluate it, according to properly defined metrics.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project