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Ultra Slow Ships


With climate change coming to the forefront of society’s perception, there is increasing pressure on all industries to CO2 emissions through increased efficiency and the maritime industry is no exception. The objective of ULYSSES is to demonstrate, through a combination of ultra slow speeds and complementary technologies, that the efficiency of the world fleet can be increased to a point where the following CO2 targets are met :
• Before 2020, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to 1990 levels.
• Beyond 2050, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels.

ULYSSES focuses on bulk carriers and tankers as these ship types produce 60% of the CO2 from ocean-going vessels . As bulk carriers and tankers are reasonably similar in design and operation, it is felt that investigating these ships will give the best value for money in terms of potential impact of the project. Additionally, it is more technically challenging to reduce the speed of these ship types as they are relatively slow speed already and therefore it is expected that directional stability and other seakeeping issues will arise. However, the results of the project will be directly transferable to other ship types.
To achieve these goals, it is expected that the target speeds will be:

• Phase I - Existing vessel in 2020: ~10 knots
• Phase II - New vessel built in 2020: ~7.5 knots
• Phase III - New vessel built in 2050: ~5 knots

Call for proposal

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40-52 boulevard du parc immeuble newtime
92200 Neuilly sur seine

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre Maurier (Mr.)
EU contribution
€ 435 695,00

Participants (13)