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Robust, Effective and Adaptable Ship Designs for Uncertain Transition Paths

In the past, the fundamental source of uncertainty in shipbuilding was the future economic situation. However, in light of new developments in automation and the new IMO agreements on sustainability, the demand for adaptable ships is growing. The incorporation of risk caused by uncertain future fuels, as well as the promise of autonomous ships, is essential for shipbuilding.

Current ship designs do not take into account these developments. The average building time of a ship is three years, after which a ship will typically sail for 30 to 50 years. Ideally, a ship will be profitable in all conditions encountered in that period. However, owners often only take the current economic situation into account during construction. Ships are therefore already suboptimal at delivery, three years later. Ship design needs to be reconsidered, anticipating all possible scenarios for future situations. The risk for investing in shipping is increasing and ship owners must find options to deal with this.

The READINESS aim is to increase the robustness of ship designs, maintaining competitiveness today and in the future, in light of the energy and automation transitions by increasing the adaptability, resulting in reduced upgrade costs. To realise these ambitions, the project is divided into three work packages: Automation Transition Path, Energy Transition Path and System Interconnections.

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