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Realisation and Demonstration of Advanced Material Solutions for Sustainable and Efficient Ships

Project description

Testing advanced materials solutions in the maritime industry

Advanced materials can offer several advantages to the maritime industry. However, a comprehensive exploration of their benefits is necessary. The EU-funded RAMSSES project aims to achieve recognition and a well-defined role for advanced materials in the European maritime industry. This will be accomplished by demonstrating the advantages of new materials in 13 industry-led and market-driven cases throughout the entire process chain. The project will install these demonstrators onshore, simulating real-life conditions, or validate them onboard vessels. RAMSSES will establish dedicated expert teams to evaluate and validate their technical performance, life-cycle cost efficiency and environmental impact. It will also develop a maritime test database and a central knowledge repository that contains test data and best practice procedures.


The RAMSSES project has the strategic objective to obtain recognition and an established role for advanced materials in the European maritime industry.
To achieve this the project will demonstrate the benefits of new materials in thirteen industry led and market driven demonstrator cases along the entire maritime process chain from components through equipment and ship integration to repair. Those demonstrators will reach a high Technology Readiness Level between TRL 6 and 8 and will either be installed on shore under close to reality conditions or validated on board.
The technical performance as well as life cycle cost efficiency and environmental impact will be assessed and validated by specific expert teams following common procedures and testing standards. The test program will be based on risk assessment and a widest possible use of existing test results and supervised by rule making bodies, such ensuring relevance for a commercial approval beyond the project. Test data as well as best practice procedures on design, qualification and production of new material solutions will be made available in a maritime test database and a central knowledge repository, thus allowing fast qualification and approval of similar maritime applications in future.
RAMSSES also aims to improve the innovation capabilities of the European maritime sector by elaborating terms of reference of a future use of the test database and the knowledge repository beyond the project. In cooperation with other initiatives, it will contribute to the formation of a maritime materials innovation Platform including continuous technology transfer from and to other industry sectors.

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Net EU contribution
€ 496 387,50
16121 Genova

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Nord-Ovest Liguria Genova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 709 125,00

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