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Surfacing System for Ship Recovery

Objective

The propagation of spillages is one of the biggest environmental problems after a ship disaster. Instead of cleaning the dirty areas the SUSY system will avoid the spillages by stabilizing vessels immediately after an accident. The main goal of the project is the development of well known submarine rescue technology into systems usable for merchant ships in emergency situations. The systems for submarines are based on satellite booster technology with liquid or solid fuel to blow water out of the ballast tanks in very short time to provide additional buoyancy to stop e.g. an uncontrolled diving process.
Combining this technology with air pressure systems and balloon technology to create a multi purpose modular system for ship rescue purposes is the SuSY project target. Therefore the booster technology combined with pressure air technologies has to be adapted to the salvage procedure requirements. In combination with new balloon textiles a secure vessel stabilisation process as well as the salvage process will be supported.
Different application scenarios / concepts can be envisaged: (1) preventive installation of rescue systems on ships with hazardous cargo, (2) equipment for coast guard and rescue squads to quickly stabilize capsized ships and (3) equipment for teams to lift sunken ships.
The technical challenges for SUSY where research is needed to develop the envisaged systems are
-developing a hydro-dynamical and a thermo-dynamical model as basis for a controlled process for the different possible scenarios
-developing a safety and secure buoyancy generating system based on liquid, solid fuel and air pressure,
-find the right material to cope with the pressure the temperature and the dynamic loads of a rescue scenario
-define a life-cycle cost model to assure the design of a low cost modular system
-simulate the different scenarios to provide input for the design optimisation
Finally SUSY will build a prototype to proof the concept in real sea tests.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

BMT GROUP LTD
Address
Goodrich House Waldegrave Road 1
TW11 8LZ Teddington
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 378 634,54
Administrative Contact
Rory Doyle (Dr.)

Participants (8)

BALANCE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 365 594,13
Address
Contrescarpe 33
28203 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Brodda (Mr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 165 509,36
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Chris Smith (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 493 101,01
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassilios J. Papazoglou (Prof.)
NAVAL GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 211 789
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 40-42
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Le Gac (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 363 976,60
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Gregory (Mr.)
BUREAU VERITAS SA
France
EU contribution
€ 152 780,36
Address
40-52 Boulevard Du Parc Immeuble Newtime
92200 Neuilly Sur Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Thiebaut (Ms.)
AIRBUS DS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 379 270
Address
Robert Koch Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Langer (Dr.)
DSB DEUTSCHE SCHLAUCHBOOT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 345
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Bolay (Mr.)