European Commission signs innovation programme agreement for the shipbuilding industry
In early June, the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission (INEA) signed the NAVAIS grant agreement, a multi-year research and innovation programme in the context of Horizon 2020 for innovation in the shipbuilding industry. By investing 6.5 million euros, the European Commission wants to improve the design of ships and strengthen production networks. The coordination partner is associate professor Jeroen Pruijn from the Department of Maritime and Transportation Technology in close collaboration with Damen Shipyards.
NAVAIS focuses specifically on making the design of passenger ships, ferries and utility vessels more sustainable in order to accomplish the following aims: higher quality design, better integration into the supply chain, and lower production and process costs.
Read the press release here: European Commission signs Grant Agreement: Official start of NAVAIS
We want to use this grant,’ says Jeroen Pruijn, ‘to improve the sustainability of ships and also lay the groundwork for new theories about designing ships. I’m looking forward to this interesting project, which will see TU Delft, shipbuilders and software suppliers working in close collaboration.