- Project Dates: June 2004 - May 2007
- Project Leader: Professor George Bruce
- Staff: Georgios Politis
- Sponsors: European Commission
SHIPMATES is a three year project to provide a blueprint for technologically advanced and environmentally friendly ship repair and conversion yards.
The driving requirement in repair and conversion yards is for new techniques and technologies to be applied to meet the need for yards to work more efficiently on one off, frequently changing activities. The project is designed to provide a clear understanding of best practice in shiprepair sector, and this will be achieved through four distinct areas of work:
- Improving the steel cutting and joining process relevant to ship repair yards
- Advancing the process of repair and replacement of cabling and pipework
- Establishing a controlled process for converting or retrofitting ships to make operations more environmentally friendly
- Exploring ship breaking and recycling as an alternative market for the marine industry
In the current market the best chance for the yards of Europe is to increase competitiveness through increases in productivity and through the adoption of new techniques and technologies. The SHIPMATES project target is a 20% productivity improvement within the shipyards of the European community.