Damen Shipyards will be managing the European innovation project, low energy and near to zero emissions ships (LeanShips), one of the first projects under the new European research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 2020.
With a grant of €17m, the project is aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness and reliability of energy saving and emission reduction technologies at real scale.
The project is designed to implement innovations with the support of eight demonstrator show cases that integrate technologies for efficient and less-polluting vessels with end-users’ needs and requirements, Damen stated.
The demonstrators that are part of the project include a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered reverse stern drive (RSD) tug, an LNG tug, marine diesel oil (MDO) or methanol dual fuel for offshore service vessel, and an efficient LNG carrier.
The retrofit of a short sea cargo ship (SECA) with LNG, an inland cargo ship with large oscillating propulsion, a large propeller for general cargo vessel and, energy efficient PAX / cruise ships are part of the project.
It will receive support from equipment manufacturers, shipyards and ship owners, as well as rule makers, to ensure that the innovations developed in the project are matured to market uptake capability.
It is estimated that the initial impact of the project will see fuel saving of up to 25%, CO2 reduction of at least 25%, and an expected decrease of SOx / NOx / PM air pollutants by up to 100%.
The project targets the small to midsized ships for intra-European waterborne transport, offshore operations and the leisure and cruise markets.
For this project, Damen will coordinate with the Netherlands Maritime Technology Foundation (NMT), the Center of Maritime Technologies (CMT) from Germany, and the Italian Ship Research Centre, Cetena.
The project is also supported by ship owners, shipyards, equipment suppliers and research institutes. It includes 46 partners from 12 EU member states and one associated country.
Image: The initial impact of the LeanShips will see fuel saving of up to 25%, CO2 reduction of at least 25%. Photo: courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.