MoVe IT! - Modernisation of Vessels for Inland Waterway Freight Transport

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

Period: 01.11.2011 - 31.10.2014

Budget / Funding: 3.962.477 € / 2.790.344 €



Short name Company Country
MARIN Stichting Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland (Coordinator) Netherlands
DST Entwicklungszentrum für Schiffstechnik und Transportsysteme e.V. Germany
Via Donau Via Donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH Austria
DUT Technische Universiteit Delft Netherlands
CMT Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. Germany
SPB Stichting Projecten Binnenvaart Netherlands
TNO Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuur Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO Netherlands
Ecorys Ecorys Nederland B.V. Netherlands
Autena Marine Autena Marine V.O.F. Netherlands
SMILE S.M.I.L.E.-FEM GmbH Germany
Plymouth University University of Plymouth United Kingdom
UGAL Universitatea Dunarea de jos din Galati Romania
Ship Studio Ship Studio Sarl France
University Belgrade University of Belgrade - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Serbia
CFT Compagnie Fluviale de Transport France
SDG Ship Design Group SRL Romania
VNF Voies Navigables de France France
SICOMP Swerea Sicomp AB Sweden
TKV Thyssenkrupp Veerhaven BV Netherlands
Helogistics Helogistics Holding GmbH Austria
Plimsoll Plimsoll Szolgaltato KFT Hungary
BME Budapesti Muszaki es Gazdasagtudomanyi Egyetem Hungary
Masson Marine Masson Marine Engineering SAS France


Project summary

In response to the call´s demand for cost-effective modernisation of the inland fleet for freight transport, MoVe IT! will develop a set of options for the modernisation of inland ships that meet the challenges of the over-aging of the fleet, climate change and greater environmental objectives and will provide decision support regarding the application of these options. Within this set of options, knowledge gained from newbuildings, technology transfer from other transport modes, improvement of energy efficiency & ecological performance, transition to the post-fossil-fuel-era and adaptation to new ADN rules are prominent. 

One of the main focal points of MoVe IT! is the modernisation of the ship´s drive and power system in a way that is matched to the conditions it will face throughout its life. This will result in significantly better performance compared to the ships old systems that are designed to fulfil a single design condition. First, the conditions the ship will encounter are established through full-scale measurements. Using the operational profiles resulting from these measurements, the ships power systems and hydrodynamics are reviewed and optimal, integrated solutions are developed which minimize investments and ecological impact while maximizing efficiency. Research topics include new power system configurations, alternative fuels, retrofitting techniques for existing engines, improved hull and propulsion and assistance to the captain for more efficient sailing. Furthermore, crucial modernisation measures are to increase the vessels main dimensions, in order to achieve economical and ecological scale advantages, and to upgrade old tankers to meet new ADN requirements. 

MoVe IT! also invests heavily in assessing the economic viability of solutions as well as their contribution to environmental improvements. Subsequently, modernisation support for ship owners, policy support and (full scale) demonstrators will contribute to lowering the acceptance threshold for modernisation. 

Tasks of CMT:

CMT is mainly involved in the structural development of solutions with respect to

  • the increase of the vessel´s main dimension as well as
  • the upgrade according to the ADN requirements.

Here, several solutions for new materials and structures will be assessed and evaluated. Especially the optimisation of the tankers will focus on increasing the crashworthiness to ensure a safe operation.  


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