RETROFITting ships with new technollogies for improved overall environmental footprint
Retroﬁtting is deﬁned as the installation onboard ships of state-of-the-art or innovative components or systems and could in principle be driven by the need to meet new regulatory standards or by the ship owner interest to upgrade to higher operational standards. Retroﬁtting should become an established practice in the shipping industry involving the entire value chain and exploring the possibilities that may open to the industry on a continuous basis. To identify worthy retroﬁtting candidates and seiect appropriate (green) technologies that can be suitably ﬁtted at minimum cost and lead time, while considering the condition of the particular ship: service profile, remaining life cycle and the governing and expected regulations.
The focus points of the project RETROFIT are:
- Methods to identify ship candidates for retrofitting;
- Methods and tools for simulating the working of various configurations of ship main and auxiliary systems;
- Methods and tools for “reverse engineering” enabling to buiid product models suitable for the retroﬁtting process;
- Methods and tools to control ships energy and emission performance: decision support systems for emission control and energy optimization over the entire service proﬁle;
- Design—for-retrofitting methodology based on standardisation and modularisation principles;
- Efﬁcient corresponding yard processes for minimum out-of-business time for retroﬁtting ships.
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