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ELIMINATION UNITS FOR MARINE OIL POLLUTION

Objective

In the post-Prestige era, it is time a completely new and multidisciplinary concept for handling oil spillage in European waters was developed. This will yield environmental benefits, an impulse to the respective European industry and it will ultimately result in an exploitable product for marine oil spill confrontation. Specifically, the project proposes the design and proof of concept of autonomous Elimination Units for Marine Oil Pollution (EU-MOPs), capable of mitigating and eliminating the threat arising from oil spill incidents. The end-result of this project will be the conceptual development and validation of low cost, possibly recyclable, autonomous vessels/drones that will be released in the oil spill area, will automatically (through proper sensors) track the oil concentration specifics of the spill and will apply either mechanical or chemical countermeasures locally. Combining a large number of such units will confront the entire spill. A range of such units will be designed to allow their use in various oil spill scenarios (large, high-seas spills are very different from small, coastal spills; a 'one size fits all' concept is inappropriate). The complete integrated system, including communication, logistical support, and response management will be analysed and assessed. A strong, multidisciplinary and competitive consortium of world experts is established, and will interact with an industrial Advisory Committee that will provide expert guidance throughout its duration. The research objectives are to establish
(1) innovative concepts in oil spill management;
(2) novel devices for oil spill confrontation;
(3) an integrated framework for oil spill management; and (4) an advanced structure for the dissemination of oil pollution response policies. Validation, proof of concept and virtual (simulation) experiments are included in the project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/computational fluid dynamics

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-TRANSPORT-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Address
9 Heroon Polytechniou St.
Athens- Zografou
Greece

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHLCYDE
United Kingdom
Address
16 Richmond Street
Glasgow
SIREHNA
France
Address
1 Rue De La Noe
Nantes
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
Address
Taguspark-oeiras, Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva,33
Porto Salvo
BRITISH MARITIME TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Orlando House 1 Waldegrave Road
Teddington
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ENGINEERING S.A.
Greece
Address
24, Dervenakion Str
Piraeus
AURENSIS, S.L.
Spain
Address
San Francisco De Sales, 38.1St Floor
Madrid
CONSULTRANS S.A.
Spain
Address
6, Serrano 2O - 2A
Madrid
BUREAU MAURIC
France
Address
1 Rue De La Noe
Nantes
INSTITUTE OF SHIPPING ECONOMICS AND LOGISTICS
Germany
Address
Universitatsallee Gw1 Block A
Bremen
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Munchen
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS TÉCNICO-MARÍTIMOS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
Address
Escar 6-8
Barcelona
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS, AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
Address
University Offices, Wellington Square
Oxford