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FLAGSHIP Maritime Research & Development Project Delivers Outstanding Results

New products and systems to improve the safety, environmental friendliness and competitiveness The Flagship European maritime transport project, part-financed through the EU, has now concluded. The project has facilitated R&D for some 10 new products from a number of European companies.All the new products and systems are said to improve the safety, environmental friendliness and competitiveness of European maritime transport - precisely the objective of Flagship.The project was divided into sub projects led by various businesses from around Europe. Flagship-TCI led by Marintek in Norway was concerned with creating Key Performance Indicators and Technical Condition Indices to enable fleet managers to compare performance of vessels. This has led to the development of a commercial product by DNV, called Top Monitoring, which monitors main engines. Commercial products monitoring auxiliary engines are expected to be launched later this year from Flagship partners Danaos and Wärtsilä.In the UK BMT led a sub project called Flagship-HCA which addressed the process of surveys and dry-dock repairs. This resulted in Germanischer Lloyd introducing a new commercial tool called Hull Manager. GL also led a project called Flagship-EEM which focused on energy savings during sailing which has resulted in a patent being secured to cover a new ...

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