Project description of LeanShips

LeanShips is a European Innovation Project (Horizon 2020 framework programme) based on seven, mostly full scale demonstrators on board ships. The project aims to put innovations into practice by carrying out seven demonstrator show cases (Demo Cases) that combine technologies for efficient and less polluting vessels with end-users’ needs and requirements.

Dedicated teams of equipment manufacturers (technology providers), shipyards (technology integrators), and ship owners (technology users) will make certain that the innovations developed in the project are matured to market uptake capability. The ship types addressed by the project are small to midsized vessels for cargo and maritime operations, leisure and inland shipping.

Making new and existing vessels more efficient and less polluting indicates the need for significant industry involvement. In this respect, 81% of the project partners are industrial enterprises.  In total, 41 partners from various EU member states are involved in LeanShips. The project has a duration of four years and is coordinated by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.