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deCarbonising sHipping by Enabling Key technology symbiosis on real vessel concept designs

Project description

Towards zero emissions shipping

International shipping is responsible for 3 % of global greenhouse gas emissions. The EU-funded CHEK project will pioneer the development of zero-emissions shipping with a future-proof vessel design platform. This will be used to develop and demonstrate two bespoke vessel designs in practice: a wind energy optimised bulk carrier and a hydrogen-powered cruise ship. Both use an interdisciplinary combination of technologies that work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 99 %, while saving at least 50 % energy. Focus will be on maximising symbiosis between these technologies, as they operate in unison for the first time. Finally, CHEK will study the potential impact of this approach on the world fleet's greenhouse gas emissions.


CHEK proposes to reach zero emission shipping by disrupting the way ships are designed and operated today. The project will develop and demonstrate two bespoke vessel designs – a wind energy optimised bulk carrier and a hydrogen powered cruise ship – equipped with an interdisciplinary combination of innovative technologies working in symbiosis to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 99%, achieve at least 50% energy savings and reduce black carbon emissions by over 95%. Rather than “stacking” novel technologies onto existing vessel designs, the consortium is proposing to develop a unique Future-Proof Vessel (FPV) Design Platform to ensure maximised symbiosis between the novel technologies proposed and taking into consideration the vessels’ real operational profiles (rather than just sea-trial performance). The FPV Platform will also serve as a basis for replicating the CHEK approach towards other vessel types such as tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and ferries. These jointly cover over 93% of the global shipping tonnage and are responsible for 85% of global GHG emissions from shipping.
In order to achieve real-world impact and the decarbonisation of the global shipping fleet, the consortium will undertake an analysis of framework conditions influencing long-distance shipping today (including infrastructure availability) and propose solutions to ensure the proposed vessel designs can and will be deployed in reality. A Foresight Exercise will simulate the deployment of the CHEK innovations on the global shipping fleet with the aim of reaching the IMO’s goal of halving shipping emissions by 2050 and contributing to turning Europe into the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050 (as stipulated by the European Green Deal). A tailored communication and dissemination strategy led by the IMO-founded partner WMU will ensure appropriate involvement of stakeholders (e.g. MEPC, DG CLIMA, DG MOVE), including the engagement of the general public.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 132 538,75
PL 700
65101 Vaasa

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Manner-Suomi Länsi-Suomi Pohjanmaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 1 132 538,75

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