BESST - Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies

Funded under the: 7. Framework Programme of the European Union

Period: 01.09.2009 - 28.02.2013

Budget / Funding: 28.488.439 € / 17.362.273 €



Short name Company Country
FC Fincantieri - Cantieri Navali Italiani SPA (Coordinator) Italy
MW Meyer Werft GmbH Germany
KAB Kockums AB Sweden
BAL BALance Technology Consulting GmbH Germany
CTH Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB Sweden
CS-SI CS Systemes d'Information SA France
DAPP D´Appolonia SPA Italy
DTI Teknologisk Institut Denmark
DNV Det Norske Veritas AS Norway
FORCE Force Technology Denmark
LG Germanischer Lloyd AG Germany
AALTO Aalto-Korkeakoulusaatio Finland
IMG Ingenieurtechnik und Maschinenbau GmbH Germany
LSC Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza - LSC Italy
MARIN Stichting Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland Netherlands
TNO Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuur Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO Netherlands
SENER Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas S.A. Spain
SICOMP Swerea Sicomp AB Sweden
TUHH Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg Germany
TSI Tecnicas y Servicios de Ingeniería, S.L. Spain
TLS Trumpf Laser GmbH & Co. KG Germany
UNITS Universitá degli Studi di Trieste Italy
UoS University of Strathclyde United Kingdom
ANAST Université de Liège Belgium
SOTON University of Southampton United Kingdom
VTT Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT Finland
WFI Wärtsilä Finland OY Finland
SP SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB Sweden
CMT Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. Germany
BTH Blekinge Tekniska Högskola Sweden
CIMNE International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering Spain
GEN Genesis SA France
TF TechnoFirst France
BV Bureau Veritas Registre International de Classification de Navires et d´Aeronefs SA France
CET CETENA S.p.A. Centro per gli Studi di Tecnica Navale Italy
FS Future Shape GmbH Germany
IMAWIS IMAWIS Maritime Wirtschafts- und Schiffbauforschung GmbH Germany
RC Rhebergen Composites BV Netherlands
RINA RINA S.p.A. Italy
Safinah Safinah Limited United Kingdom
SLV M-V Schweißtechnische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt SLV Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany
FSG Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG Germany
FUCHS FUCHS Fördertechnik AG Germany
GPM-NSN Grand Port Maritime de Nantes Saint Nazaire France
DSNS Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Netherlands
SSA Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association United Kingdom
CTM C.T.M. Ambiente SRL Italy
BMS Becker Marine Systems Germany
STR FR STX France SA France
BVN TKMS Blohm + Voss Nordseewerke Germany
V-DMR Vulkan-DMR S.r.l. Italy
ESARC Esarc Hi-Tech srl Italy
STX FI STX Finland OY Finland
STR Sanitrade s.r.l. Italy
IREENA Université de Nantes France
FRO Fronius International GmbH Austria
EP EMS PreCab GmbH & Co. KG Germany
ØDS Lloyds Register ODS A/S Denmark
Lödige Systems GmbH Germany
M.I.T-EU Maritime Information Technologies EUROPE GmbH Germany
RINAS RINA Services SPA Italy
DXT Diginext Sark France


Background and project goals:

EUROPEAN SHIPBUILDERS are facing a worldwide fierce competition. In addition, climate change and increased public awareness call for reduced environmental impact and increased safety of shipping. The project BESST was initiated by EuroYards, an EEIG representing leading European shipyards, with the strategic goal to develop ships with substantially improved Life Cycle Performance (LCP), compensating higher initial cost. The main impact factors on LCP are cost, environmental impact, safety and societal needs.

The technical objectives of BESST are twofold:

  • To develop holistic life cycle performance assessment methods and tools comprising life cycle cost, environmental impact, safety and societal needs
  • To develop innovative technical solutions for the most important ship systems and to combine them in an optimal way on ship level

The challenge of the project is to ensure optimal interaction and integration of all sub-systems on ship level, by applying sophisticated process skills, technological innovations for specific ship systems and available research results will be applied. This requires, along with technical innovations, to develop a holistic approach for life cycle performance assessment.



The BESST consortium consequently developed a complex work plan, which consists of four main elements:

  • A holistic Life Cycle Performance approach and a tool to support the assessment both on system (innovation) and ship level, represented in a dedicated Horizontal Action HA-A
  • A set of Technical Innovations on system level dealt with in 19 dedicated work packages, selected based on the potential impact on ship life cycle performance and the level of innovation of the corresponding ideas
  • The Integration and Demonstration of both the technical innovations and life cycle benefits on ship level, represented in three Virtual Ship Show Cases (Horizontal Action HA-B) representing typical European built ships, such as a large and a medium sized cruise vessel and a ferry
  • A number of Supporting Activities taking care of the Implementation and Dissemination of the project results to the personnel of the BESST partners, to the general European maritime industry and to the ship owners and operators.

The 19 technical work packages are structured in 8 System Groups (SG), each of them focusing on specific achievements:

  • Space Optimization and Easy Maintenance (SG I)
  • Improving Payload to Gross Tonnage Ratio (SG II)
  • Cost Efficient Building Processes and Refurbishment (SG III)
  • Improved Energy Efficiency and Reduced Emissions (SG IV)
  • Minimization of Noise and Vibration (SG V)
  • Improved Reliability through Model-Based Design and Condition  Monitoring (SG VI)
  • Optimization of Logistic Chains (SG VII)
  • Improving Safety and Security (SG VIII)


Results and implementation:

A detailed analysis of the potential life cycle benefits through the implementation of project results has shown increase of investments net present value (NPV) up to 140 M€ over a 30 years life time. The environmental impact of BESST, evaluated in connection with the foreseen ship energy saving, is 30 % reduction of the emissions in CO2 eq. t for a large passenger ship. New technologies allow significant performance improvements. Implementing BESST outcomes (listed in the figure) will result in even higher safety standards ensuring better protection of people and goods at sea. Higher social acceptability of the developed solutions will be reached through more environmental friendly ships, higher comfort, more efficient use of public spaces and cabins.

The results of the project are demonstrated in virtual show cases, representing close-to reality complex ships. The virtual presentation can be found in


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