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Development of an autonomous mobile inspection vehicle for detecting structural defects in ship's hulls

Objective

The maritime industries, which include ship- building and ship operation, are vital to Europe's economy. The EU is still third behind Korea and Japan in ship- building, and dominates the market for high value ships, such as cruise liners and ferries. Ship building capacity will increase when countries such as Poland join the EU. However in the supply of ship building components and services, the EU is a world leader, accounting for about 31% of the 19 billion Euro market. With regard to ship operations, the EU operates 38.5% of the world's fleet. Maritime transport is involved in 90% of its external trade and 40% of its internal trade In the future, ships will be designed with tough light-weight hulls. The benefits will be faster speeds and reduced fuel consumption. Among the drawbacks will be tighter tolerances and the need for stricter quality control. Hull inspector will provide confidence in new hull designs.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park, Great Abington
Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

ATLANTIC ENGINEERING LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Odyssey Centre, Corporation Road
Birkenhead
BP CHEMICALS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Chertsey Road
Sunbury-on-thames
ISOTEST ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
Address
Via Roma 8
Reano, Torino
MIKRON LTD.
Greece
Address
17 Menemenis Str
Tavros/athens
NAFTOSOL SA
Greece
Address
Christostomou Smirnis 68
Pireaus
SONATEST LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Dickens Road, Old Wolverton
Milton Keynes
SPREE ENGINEERING LTD
United Kingdom
Address
The Laboratory, Castle Road
Sittingbourne, Kent
TECHNICAL SOFTWARE CONSULTANTS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
6 Mill Square, Featherstone Road
Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
Address
C/ciudad De Frias, 1 - Nave 4
Madrid
ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS
Greece
Address
5 Kanari Street, Glyka Nera
Athens