SHIPLYS aims to develop functionality that includes virtual prototyping and the ability to factor in LCCA (Life Cycle Cost Analysis), environmental assessments, risk assessments and end-of-life considerations at the very early design stages when only limited data is available.

The SHIPLYS consortium, led by TWI Ltd, is formed by 12 partners from 7 EU countries:

  • TWI Ltd (UK);
  • Fundacion Centro Technologies SOERMAR (Spain);
  • Atlantec Enterprise Solutions GmbH (Germany);
  • University of Strathclyde (UK);
  • Astilleros de Sandander SA (Spain);
  • National Technical University of Athens (Greece);
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal);
  • Varna Maritime Limited (Bulgaria);
  • Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (UK);
  • Alveus L.L.C (Croatia);
  • BMT Group Ltd (UK);
  • Lloyd’s Register EMEA IPS (UK).


Key tasks in the project included the development of a SHIPLYS platform allowing the integration of a variety of Applications used in early ship design. It also enabled rapid early design and production simulation tools (Applications).

In addition, it aims for LCCA, environmental and risk assessment software Applications for fast and cost-effective evaluation of alternatives. It also focused on the development of multi-criterion decision analysis techniques to support decision making across the short/ long term, based on explicit user defined decision criteria

Work within SHIPLYS project started with analysing end users’ needs using the Quality Function Deployment method and choosing end-user cases, called design case “Scenarios” that showcase the types of problems for which the project aspired to develop solutions.

The project also collected data and parameters for early ship design, LCCA, risk and environmental aspects, thus incorporating and building on the existing ISO 10303 Application Activity Model.

In the run-up to project completion, SHIPLYS consortium organised two training workshops to present the SHIPLYS platform and the developed software solutions, to receive feedback from interested stakeholders.

The Consortium also acknowledged the funding received from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.