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Common European inland vessel concept

Objective



Inland shipping plays an important role in European transport by providing cost efficient and environmental friendly links for about 50 % of all transport volume between sea ports and hinterland. Additional opportunities arise with the opening of the Main-Danube link, the intensifying trade between West and East Europe and the need for replacement of obsolete tonnage within the next 15 years by efficiently performing inland ships of high safety standards and accessibility to shallow East European waterways. However, due to low freight rates over the past years the transport market turned to minimization of investments in tonnage replacement by importing ships and ship hulls of conventional design and marginal quality from cheap labour countries in East Europe. The inland shipbuilding industry in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, having failed to meet existing market requirements for low cost ships, low operating costs and flexibility to operate profitably along the shallow East European waterways, experienced significant loss of market share. A competitive edge can only be regained through offering of innovative ship concepts of improved "earning" capability. The main objective of the project is to develop an inland ship concept of at least 15 % better performance than currently operating inland ships in terms of fuel consumption and impact on the environment. The new concept will also improve utilization at reduced draughts and in shallow waterways. The main innovative feature of this concept is the introduction of diesel-electric powering. Specific fields of innovation and related objectives are: * on-board energy supply; introduce power management concepts to obtain a more economic use of installed power capacity; * propulsion; introduce electric propulsion concept by means of podded azimuthing thrusters to obtain better operational flexibility, lower maintenance costs and full operational capability at reduced draghts and in shallow waterways through adjustment of propeller submergence by means of lowering/hoisting mechanism; * ship body lines to obtain corresponding favourable hydrodynamic properties; * environment; achieve a 15 % reduction of fuel consumption and CO-, HC- and NOx- emission levels. The consortium comprises a complete industrial column consisting of five international groups: 1. Research institutes: MARIN (The Netherlands), Versuchsanstalt fr Binnenschiffbau Duisburg (Germany), Transport Institute NEA (The Netherlands) 2. Maritime manufacturers/suppliers: Ship diesel motors (Volvo Penta of Sweden), electrical generators (NEWAGE Int. of UK), switch boards (SEMCO of Denmark), powering systems (NEBIM of the Netherlands) and power management systems (DEIF of Denmark), frequency convertors and electrical motors (ABB Marine of Finland), propulsion systems and related components (Kvaerner-Masa Azipod of Finland); 3. Shipyards: 7 Dutch, Belgian and German inland shipyards; 4. End users/shipping companies: Chemgas of the Netherlands; 5. Approval and certification: Bureau Veritas(France), Germanischer Lloyd(Germany), Lloyd's Register(UK) Brite /Euram III areas covered by the proposal are 3B.l.lS, 3B.2.2S, l.l.l.S and 2.2.2.S. Addressed priority areas of the Maritime Industries Forum (MIF) R&D Master Plan are area 1 (Designingbuilding and maintaining: 1.1.3, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 1.3.3, and 1.4.3) and area 2 (Operation: 2.1.2 and 2.3.2), ref.15.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Scheepswerf de Kaap BV
Address
4,Kaapweg 4
7940 AC Meppel
Netherlands

Participants (19)

AB Volvo Penta
Sweden
Address

405 08 Göteborg
ABB AZIPOD OY
Finland
Address
2,Laivanrakentajantie 2
00980 Helsinki
ABB Industry Oy
Finland
Address
1,Strömbergintie 1
381 Helsinki
Bureau Veritas N.V.
Netherlands
Address
5-7,Westblaak 5-7
3000 CS Rotterdam
DEVELOPMENT CENTRE FOR SHIP TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPORT SYSTEMS
Germany
Address
77,Oststrasse 77
47013 Duisburg
Deif A/S
Denmark
Address
33,Frisenborgvej 33
7800 Skive
Fishcon Trading & Engineering B.V.
Netherlands
Address
3,Lorentzweg 3
4131 PH Vianen
GERMANISCHER LLOYD AG
Germany
Address
Vorsetzen 32
Hamburg
Gastankvaartmaatschappij CHEMGAS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
3,Van Vollenhovenstraat 3
3016 BE Rotterdam
Gebroeders Kooiman Holding
Netherlands
Address
84,Lindtsedijk 84
3336 LE Zijndrecht
Joh. van Duijvendijk B.V. Scheepswerf
Netherlands
Address
33,Ijsseldijk 33
2922 BK Krimpen Aan Den Ijssel
LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPPING
Netherlands
Address
170,Weena-zuid, 170
3000AS Rotterdam
MARITIME RESEARCH INSTITUTE NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
Address
2,Haagsteeg 2
6700 AA Wageningen
NEA TRANSPORT RESEARCH AND TRAINING
Netherlands
Address
13,Sir Winston Churchill 297
2280DZ Rijswijk Zh
Neue Ruhrorter Schiffswerft GmbH
Germany
Address
15,Schlickstrasse 15
47138 Duisburg
Newage International Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Barnack Road
PE9 2NB Stamford - Lincolnshire
Nieuwe Scheldewerven N.V.
Belgium
Address
51,Gelaagstraat 51
9150 Rupelmonde
Scheepswerf GRAVE B.V.
Netherlands
Address
28,Maaskade 28
5361 GB Grave
Van Grevenstein 's Scheepswerf B.V.
Netherlands
Address
49,Noord 49
2930 AA Krimpen Aan De Lek