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Optimal design and implementation of azimything pods for a safe and efficient propulsion ships (OPTIPOD)

Objective

Azimuthing pods are now used for the propulsion of large passenger vessels, for many reasons:
- global efficiency,
- manoeuvring performances,
- improvements in design and building of the vessel,
- industrial competitivity, etc.
Up to now it is mainly a European business, giving some technical and economic lead to companies involved in this market. The extension of such pods to many other types of ships will be effective within few years. It is then time to study all the consequences of the selection of azimuthing pods on design and operation of the ships, and also on safety and environment.
The OPTIPOD consortium includes partners of all types connected with design, building and operation of azimuthing pods and podded-drive ships. The objective is to produce design and operation guidelines, and to support the development of pods with a full control of all consequences. The study is divided into Work Packages covering the complementary aspects, and the work is shared between partners in line with their facilities and know-how. The industrial aspects and the exploitation perspectives are the main priorities.

Coordinator

ALSTOM - CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE S.A.

Address

Avenue Bourdelle
44608 Saint-Nazaire

France

Administrative Contact

Yves TALLEC (Mr)

Participants (13)

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COLOR LINE MARINE AS

Norway

DELTAMARIN LTD

Finland

HAMBURGISCHE SCHIFFBAU-VERSUCHSANSTALT GMBH

Germany

KOCKUMS ENGINEERING AB

Sweden

ROLLS-ROYCE AB

Sweden

SHIP DESIGN AND RESEARCH CENTRE SA

Poland

SIREHNA - SOCIÉTÉ D'INGÉNIÉRIE, DE RECHERCHES ET D'ETUDES EN HYDRODYNAMIQUE NAVALE SA

France

SSPA MARITIME CONSULTING AB

Sweden

STOCZNIA GDYNIA SA

Poland

TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND

Finland

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

United Kingdom

VIKING LINE ASP

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G3RD-CT-1999-00017

  • Start date

    1 February 2000

  • End date

    31 January 2003

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 028 709

  • EU contribution

    € 2 879 527

Coordinated by:

ALSTOM - CHANTIERS DE L'ATLANTIQUE S.A.

France