Financing Opportunities

High value-added specialised vessel concepts enabling more efficient servicing of emerging coastal and offshore activities

Increasingly business and services are carried out within the marine space. Examples include: offshore terminals, aquaculture, renewable energy, marine biomass, blue tourism, surveying, environmental monitoring, accident response and clean up, and clearing of marine debris and other pollutants. Costs at sea are higher than for equivalent shore based operations and a significant proportion of them are associated with the support vessels which service these activities. Inappropriate vessels can increase costs because they may have limited operational weather windows, high overheads, slow speed, low efficiency and they may be generally ineffective for the task concerned. European yards and their suppliers (often SMEs), are world leaders in high value-added vessels and highly specialised ships. The challenge is to develop novel specialised vessel concepts which are economically viable and environmentally friendly and which will more effectively serve coastal and offshore activities, thereby supporting European growth and employment through development of a blue economy.

Scope

Concepts should be developed to a pre-commercial stage technology readiness level (TRL) 5 and include: simulation, model testing, consideration of the most suitable construction and production principles for small series or one off vessels of this type, environmental impact assessment, cost estimation as well as both the marketability (technology push), and the cost effectiveness of the offshore operations concerned (demand pull). Work shall include development and testing of vessel concepts and its equipment so as to reduce costs and enable more efficient operations within either coastal or offshore environments as follows:

  1. Specialised vessels for coastal activities (2016)
  2. Specialised vessels for offshore activities (2017)

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 7 million for "Specialised vessels for coastal activities" in 2016 and up to EUR 8 million for "Specialised vessels for offshore activities" in 2017 would allow this challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude the submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

General information

Topic
High value-added specialised vessel concepts enabling more efficient servicing of emerging coastal and offshore activities
Topic Identifier
BG-02-2016-2017
Types of Action
IA Innovation action

Dates

Publication date
14 October 2015
Deadline Model
Single stage
Planned opening date
04 October 2016
Deadline
14 February 2017 00:00

For further information

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/bg-02-2016-2017.html