This work package will integrate state of the art methods for detailed environmental and economic analyses, to systematically assess, compare, and benchmark ships and shipping system designs.

The results will provide knowledge and insights to support R&D, engineering, and investment strategies. The assessment of individual ships and shipping systems will be complemented by assessments at fleet level to understand the total repercussions of sector-wide technology application. This is particularly important with respect to ensuring that individual solutions meet fleet-wide emission reduction targets across different classes and segments. Close interaction and exchange of knowledge and data with the other work packages is essential for developing detailed life cycle cost and environmental inventories. State of the art methods in life cycle inventory modeling (Majeau-bettez et al. 2014) and environmental impact assessment aligning with ILCD (Wolf 2012) will be applied. Integrated assessments will be undertaken that build on and refine state of the art models in this domain (e.g. Lindstad et al., 2011).


Systematically assess the environmental and economic performance parameters of different ship and shipping system designs


There is a need for detailed harmonized cost and environmental assessments of current and novel ship designs to ensure a future sustainable maritime shipping industry.

There is a lack of good approaches for integration of such assessments with ship design and engineering workflows.

Research tasks

Develop procedures for compiling harmonized cost and environmental data for different ships designs in a manner that integrates with the workflows of the Centre.

Develop an integrated framework to assess the key economic and environmental performance characteristics over the lifetime of different ship designs.

Analyze individual designs with focus on the breakdown of multiple performance indicators in order to identify “hot-spots” and options for design revisions and improvements.

Benchmark different designs within individual ship segments and classes.

Analyze the fleet-wide implications of individual design as well as portfolios of design deployments across different classes for meeting overall climate change mitigation and other emission targets.