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SME Specific MeasuresCompetitive and Sustainable Growth

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00952

AcronymFAST-FEEDER

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.

Albert Plesmanweg

PO Box 59235

3088 GB - Rotterdam

The Netherlands

Phone: 31104913400

Fax: 31104298835

Email: office@holland-maas.nl

SME Proposer(s)

TMP - TRANSPORTES MARITIMOS DE PORTUGAL, PortugalS2

SA

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

Last update18/6/2001

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