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Advanced decision support system for ship design, operation and training


Project timeline
April 2005
36 months
March 2008
General Information
Modern ships develop rapidly, and are far too complex to rely on experience alone. Experience gained by a crew on a certain ship often not applies to another, even not the same ship type. With the need for decreased transport times, deadlines becoming more relevant, rising insurance policies, marine pollution becoming a major issue, crew numbers reduced to an utmost minimum, and systems becoming more complex, this results in too few people, who need to decide fast and often under huge pressure. All knowing the consequences of taking a decision that will mean delay (or worse).
ADOPT will develop a Decision Support System to provide information and guidance by offering an evaluation of consequences; giving insight in the uncertainty related to the information. This will be done by identifying and defining: 1) Criteria for safety; 2) Sea keeping safety; 3) Criteria for ship design, classification & operation. This will result in increased knowledge on ship motions and their prediction. Expected results are commercial advantage for shipping companies, more safety of crew and cargo, pollution prevention, training of crews. The ADOPT project will focus on optimising the safety by development of a system that senses the environment for ACTUAL situation data, and predicting the ship motions accordingly, thereby ensuring optimal operational performance, relying on computer based decision support tool creating an interface to be used in ship operation, training and design.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP6-2003-Transport-3, 6.2. : Sustainable surface transport, Advanced design and production techniques, Risk-based ship design and approval
Project TypeSTREP
Contract NumberTST4-CT-2005-516359
Co-ordinatorFlensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co.KG (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Heinz Günther, Institute for Coastal Research, KSD Phone: +49 4152 87 1504, Fax : +49 4152 87 2818
E-mail contact
Worldwide Europe

Det Norske Veritas AS (NO), DFDS A/S (DK), Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co KG (DE), FORCE Technology (DK), Herbert Software Solutions - Europe LTD (UK), National Technical University of Athens (GR), OceanWaveS GmbH (DE), SAM Electronics GmbH (DE), Technical University of Denmark (DK), Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (DE), Uniresearch B.V. (NL)

(completed September 2008)

Last Update: 16. April 2021