- Project Dates: From November 2006 to October 2008
- Project Leader: Professor Bob Dow & Dr Jonathan Downes
- Sponsors: European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme scheme of CA
- Partners: Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, UK; Bahamas Maritime Authority, Bahamas; Bureau Veritas, France; Materiaal Metingen Europe, Netherlands; INTERTANKO, Norway; Alpha Marine Services, Greece; Hamburg University of Technology, Germany; Lisnave Estalei
The project will examine the cumulative effect of repairing a tanker throughout its life looking for present best industry practice and ways in which that practice can be improved. What is the effect of joining new steel to old steel? What additional stresses are put into a ship’s structure during a repair? Is fatigue in the structure affected when part of the structure is replaced? How can any adverse effects of repairs be detected and minimised?
The project will be coordinated by School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University, and includes owners, a classification society, a flag state, universities and a ship repair yard.
In addition to the coordination of the project, the School of Marine Science and Technology will be participating in considering the current and emerging technologies, and the identification and prioritisation of future R&D needs and developments in the areas of ship repair practices, Condition monitoring of ships, Structural assessment methodologies, and Through-life management.
Further information is available on the project website.