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SHIPrepair to MAintain Transport which is Environmentally Sustainable (SHIPMATES)


There are 400 repair yards in Europe working on more than a purely local level. This was established in a database development exercise as part of the FP4 SYRIOS project. Direct employment is some 40,000, plus substantial numbers of specialist subcontractors. Most yards are small and medium enterprises, (SME).

As an activity, repair and conversion has more of the characteristics of a service industry than manufacturing. Relative to shipbuilding, it is high volume, rapid turn around and highly unpredictable.

This project is important in Its structure because it is driven by the industry identifying its problems and requirements, and the academic community being involved to help devise solutions.

The Work Packages in the proposal are intended to provide a clear understanding of best practice in the sector and to map and to simulate the range of repair and conversion yard activities, with the exception of the painting and coating range of activities, covered in the separate but related SHIP-RECOAT proposal.

Then, three Work Packages will run simultaneously, seeking to improve the steel cutting and joining processes relevant to repair yards; improving the processes of repair and replacement of cabling and pipe work; and establishing a controlled process for converting/retrofitting ships to make their operation more environmentally friendly. The totality of the work\in these three Work Programmes, added to what is done in WP2, will be used in a package devoted to devising ways in which ship breaking can be carried out in Europe irì a safe, environmentally friendly and economically efficient way.

The project, led as it is by the AWES (European Shipbuilders and Ship repairers Association) Group on Ship repair, is emphasising the accessibility to industry of the results of the research work to be done. The AWES Group itself will take prime responsibility in the project for dissemination of project results.

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