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Protection Measures for Merchant Ships

Objective

There is a bewildering array of ongoing actions in the field of countering pirate assaults and there are a large number of options available to shipping companies to mitigate the risk of piracy and to deter pirates. However there is scant information regarding their operational effectiveness or the cost benefits of their use, particularly when employed in combination as part of a holistic approach addressing; the particular vulnerabilities of each vessel, non-lethal response measures and armed security guards, crew training and abilities, shipping business practices and pressures, pirate tactics and the impact of environmental factors (visibility, currents, waves and wind speed) on all. The users need tools to assess the available counter-measures, the current and future threat situations, identify and quantify the risks and aid their decisions before and during their voyages.
PROMERC aims to reduce the vulnerability of EU merchant fleets and maritime supply lines to criminal abduction and extortion and thereby reduce risk to mariners, shipping, and the environment, while also reducing costs. This will be delivered through the provision of:
- Independent review and recommendations about non-lethal technologies for pirate avoidance and opposing the boarding of vessels by pirates.
- An automated voyage planning support tool to aid shore based authorities, which will balance routeing to mitigate risk against incurring additional fuel costs due to re-routeing and increased speed.
- An automated decision support tool to provide seafarers with real time threat assessment, evaluation of possible courses of action and a recommended course of action. A manual to aid in the selection and use of appropriate counter piracy measures in a layered holistic defence.
- Recommendations on the further development of counter piracy measures.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

MARINE & REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS LIMITED
Address
King S Hill Avenue 2 King S Hill
ME19 4AQ West Malling Kent
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 448 542
Administrative Contact
Huw Davies (Mr.)

Participants (9)

NATO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 462 041
Address
Boulevard Leopold Iii
1110 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Barbieri (Ms.)
WORLD MARITIME UNIVERSITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 204 836
Address
Fiskhamnsgatan 1
211 18 Malmo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Raphael Baumler (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU
Greece
EU contribution
€ 175 892
Address
Lofos Panepistimiou
81100 Mytilini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nikitas Nikitakos (Mr.)
SECURITY ASSOCIATION FOR THE MARITIME INDUSTRY LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 98 800
Address
Hqs Wellington Temple Stairs - Victoria Embankment
WC2R 2PN London
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Wilson (Ms.)
UNIRESEARCH BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 138 728
Address
Delftechpark 37 J
2628 XJ Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cor Van Der Zweep (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 331 870
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eric Den Breejen (Mr.)
ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 173 620
Address
Piazzale Dell'agricoltura 24
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carmela Occhipinti (Ms.)
OLDENDORFF CARRIERS GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 26 160
Address
Willy Brandt Allee 6
23554 Lubeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Horster (Mr.)
FLIR SYSTEMS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 164 469
Address
Kings Hill Avenue 2 Kings Hill
ME19 4AQ West Malling Kent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huw Davies (Mr.)