Increasing environmental concerns and soaring oil prices are creating a new focus on fuel efficiency for the marine industry. Combining low emissions with demands for more advanced vessels than ever before, drives the need for radically new propulsion concepts delivering a step-change in efficiency.
Maritime transport continues to grow at twice the rate of global GDP, with between 80 to 90% of all goods imported and exported by Europe being transported by sea. Within the EU more than 40% of goods are carried by water. This is expected to triple over the next 25 years, and the world fleet must be able to adapt to service this unprecedented growth, as well as tackle the environmental issues this will bring.
There has only been marginal improvement in the state-of-the-art for conventional screw propeller propulsion for many years. More substantial progress has been achieved through the use of better propulsor configurations and improved integration of the propeller with the vessel hull hydrodynamics. These have achieved fuel savings of the order of 5% to 20%.
Streamline is the response of the marine community to these challenges.
This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 233896.