The Thematic Network NETS (THNET - NETS) aims at coordinating a set of thematically interrelated research projects, with the objective of strengthening and broadening the impact of
expected results coming out from individual projects with
respect to European wide strategic and industrial priorities.
The aim of the THNET-NETS is the improvement of shipbuilding and maritime transport competitiveness acting on the
development and the application of new technologies, as a
THNET-NETS also aims at inspiring possible corrective action and formulating the needs for the research activities of the 2000.
The network intends to link also the BRITE-EURAM II projects belonging to TRA-NESS 'New Ship Concept in the Framework of
Short Sea Shipping' since the short sea shipping plays a vital role in the trans-european intermodal network for the transport of goods and passengers within Europe.
This role has been more and more understood by European Union, and short sea shipping has been recognised as one of the most attractive transport mode and as an essential link in the
intermodal transport chain.
Typical advantages of this mode of transport are :
- limited investment in the infrastructures;
- unlimited potential of routes;
- environmentally friendly;
- intrinsically safe.
EUROPEAN DIMENSION AND PARTNERSHIP
The results of the THNET NETS will have considerable impact on the competitiveness of the EU Industries considering that the Commission has recognised to each individual Project a positive impact.
The THNET-NETS involve the consortia of the 15 Projects
represented in the network by their project leaders. Therefore more than 70 EU Companies and organisations, representing all the Subjects involved in the Maritime Transport Industry, which include shipbuilding's, component and equipment suppliers,
owners and operators, classification societies, research
centres, universities, are connected.
For its specific nature, size and Countries participating, the Network contributes :
* To new or imported technological co-operation within EU,
in particular for SMEs
* To the establishment of European/International norms,
rules and regulation being, the major EU classification
Societies involved in the Network (DNV is also included).
THNET-NETS is related to other co-ordinated activities at EU level : Maritime Task Force, Maritime Transport Concerted
Actions, Information Technology Projects, Maritime Industry
Forum and other Research Co-operative bodies like COREDES
(Committee for Research and Development in the European
shipbuilding), ECMAR (European Co-operation in Maritime
Research) and WEGEMT (West European Graduated Education in
Marine Technology) for training purposes.
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