EU Project IMPROVE Aims to Build Better Ships

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The EU-funded IMPROVE project is developing three next generation ship designs in an effort to keep the competitiveness of European shipbuilding afloat. As competition from the Far East intensifies, the only way for the European shipbuilding industry to survive is to build on its technological advantage and offer ships with added value. Through the innovative use of advanced conceptual design and manufacturing techniques, the project will seek to develop concepts for small series and highly customized production environments, which will take into account important factors such as structure, production, operations, performance and safety at the pre-production stage of a ship's construction. Operators want ships that do not require any significant repair during the designed lifetime, and this is to be achieved through improved quality and performance. IMPROVE's targets include reducing manufacturing costs by 8 to 15% and production lead-times by 10 to 15%, as well as enabling a 5 to 10% reduction in the structural maintenance costs for ship owners. The team's conceptual design methods will be used for developing three types of competitive, next generation vessels, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers, chemical tankers and passenger ferry ships. 'The main novelty in the project will be at the conceptual design stage. Thanks to the mathematical models we are developing as part of IMPROVE, European ship builders will be able to offer optimised generic ship designs to clients,' explains Professor Philippe Rigo, the coordinator of the project from the University of Liège, Belgium. The team hopes that the project's results will help the European shipbuilding industry to claw back some of the market share it has lost to its cheaper labor competitors, Korea and China. The project, funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Program (FP6), involves 17 partners, including three ship owners, four universities, three shipyards, two ship design companies, two engineering companies, two software companies, a classification company and an International Association of universities. Source: Cordis
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