SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth
Proposal number EXAW-1999-00952
Proposal titleDESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH-SPEED CONTAINER FEEDER FOR
SHORT SEA SHIPPING
AbstractThe growing congestion on European highways increasingly demands for shiftingcargo
transport from road to other modes of transport like railways andparticularly waterways.
This means that ships have to become more competitive withrespect to the other modes
of transport. For container transport, improvedconcepts for vessels and efficient cargo
handling and transhipment systems areneeded.The main research goal is, therefore, to
design and develop a high-speed containerfeeder for more competitive and reliable short
sea shipping with the followingmain specifications: 350 TEU capacity, 130 m length,
16-18 m width, 6-7 m draughtand better hydro-dynamics allowing it to go 50 %- faster (=
21 to 25 knots) thancurrent feeders under the same operational conditions. Low operating
costs (70-80% of conventional design). A 20-30 weight reduction by the use of high
tensilesteel aluminium and composite materials. Improved fuel efficiency (15%) by the use
of combined contra-rotating propeller-rudder system.
Key ActionGROW-3. Key action: Land transport and marine technologies
Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001
Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase12 months
SME CoordinatorMr. Willem W.N. VAN DIJKECompany sizeS3
HOLLAND MAAS SHIPPING B.V.
PO Box 59235
3088 GB - Rotterdam
TMP - TRANSPORTES MARITIMOS DE PORTUGAL, S2
Profile of partners for joining the project
Business areas35.1 - Building and repairing of ships and boats
29 - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
CommentsShipbuilderShip propulsion specialist