Ship technology  

Overview of ship technologies

T Katsoulakos & D Morgan - INLECOM

This study will review ship technologies which could contribute to improved safety and efficiency of maritime transport as well as its environmental performance.

The main goal is to provide information for stakeholders on current state-of-the-art and on the emerging technologies and techniques becoming available, for use on-board ship, in the short term and longer term which will support improved efficiency (cost/ton-km) and quality of maritime transport services (reliability, safety, security and environmental performance). The study will highlight key technologies that will impact the achievement of co-modality transport in Europe.

Selection of appropriate state-of-the-art technologies will need to take into account whether they will be supported throughout the life of a ship in order to avoid early obsolescence and unsupportable systems.                                
The availability of new technologies for marine applications could have considerable effect on current operational procedures, marine regulations and health and safety standards.  This aspect will be taken into consideration when evaluating potential technologies for application on-board-ship
Key areas to be addressed

1.  Ship design development trends with reference to
     a.  Long Lifetime Design to increase the useful life of ships and reduce degradation effects
     b. Efficient hull forms
     c.  Designs to promote intermodal transport services.
2.  Propulsion technology development trends
     a.  Performance levels of slow and medium speed diesel  engines and developments associated with increased electronic control of engine processes
     b.  Advanced efficiency improvement systems including hybrid and LNG propulsion systems, combined propulsion manoeuvring systems,  wind sail systems (SkySails) and heat recovery systems
3.  Ship operation systems and processes
     a.  Ship shore communications
     b.  Condition monitoring systems