EU funded project HOLISHIP has been successfully concluded

After its four-year duration, the EU-funded HOLISHIP (HOLIstic optimisation of SHIP design and operation for life cycle) project successfully concluded by the end of 2020. In addition to shipyards, shipowners, and suppliers, universities, research and scientific institutions were part of the team of partners coordinated by Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA). The Center of Maritime Technologies gGmbH (CMT) was involved as a project partner in several work packages. The project addressed the holistic concept of ship design.

Ships and maritime structures built in Europe are highly complex structures due to a growing number of rules and regulations. In terms of product design, new requirements must be vonsidered in addition are being added to traditional constraints. One of the most important design objectives, besides meeting regulatory requirements, is to minimize the total cost over the economic life cycle of the product, taking into account maintenance, retrofitting, recycling and environmental impact. HOLISHIP addresses the needs of the maritime industry by developing innovative design approaches that meet the various requirements of ship design, such as hydrodynamics, structure, propulsion system and equipment, construction costs and environmental impact over the entire life cycle in an integrated design environment. The project partners developed solutions for a holistic approach to ship design and combined all in a user-friendly platform. This provides the ability to create multiple design variants simultaneously and to evaluate and optimise design parameters with respect to different requirements. Thereby, better design solutions can be identified. Compared to conventional design, the advantages include, for example, increased accuracy in calculation methods, creation and evaluation of a larger number of design variants, shorter lead time and less manpower to create a design. This can in turn reduce production and operating costs.

The project developed tools for various aspects of ship design, such as hydrodynamics, structural design, stability and life cycle analysis, and applied them subsequently to nine different application cases. The project also successfully demonstrated virtual prototyping by investigating the manoeuvrability of a ship in a navigation simulator and distributed working among partners. CMT contributed to the development of tools for the analysis of new materials, costs, production and transportation as well as its application in the technical work packages Cruise Vessel and Offshore Platform and participated in the dissemination.

At the end of the project, the partners presented the results to the public in a virtual workshop on December 9, 2020. A further presentation of the project results to the general public will take place as part of the SMM 2021 Open Stream.

The detailed project results will also be published in a two-volume book series. Volume 1 (A Holistic Approach to Ship Design, Optimisation of Ship Design and Operation for Life Cycle) is already available ( The second volume will be published by Springer International Publishing as well in the current year.

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The project HOLISHIP has received funding from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n° 689074.