Creating an innovative EURopean Open Maritime INDustry through facilitating the integration of standards into new business practices and services

Funded under: the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union

Time period: 01.09.2006 - 30.11.2006

Budget / Funding: 947078 € / 947078 €



Short name Company Country
DUT Delft University of Technology Netherlands
VNSI Vereniging Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Industrie Netherlands
EMEC European Marine Equipment Council Belgium
CMT Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. Germany
SSA Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Association United Kingdom
OUC-CAES Ovidius University, Centre of Advanced Engineering Sciences Romania
HMP Holland Marine Projects Netherlands
NSMT Normenstelle Schiffs- und Meerestechnik im DIN Germany
CTO Centrum Techniki Okretowej S.A. Portugal
Buco Bucomar B.V. Netherlands
TLO TLO Holland Controls B.V. Netherlands
LLSRA Association of Lithuanian Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers Lithuania
SSN Szczecin Shipyard Portugal
ISQ Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade Portugal

Project overview and background:

The current situation in the maritime construction sector is characterized by an ever-increasing need for cooperation of shipyards, offshore constructors, equipment manufacturers, electrical engineering companies and supply industries. Company networks extend from national to European level, with enhancing east and west cooperation through the purchase of shipyards and suppliers by European industrial conglomerates. It is vital to create a European Shipbuilding Area that can compete with the Far East, on the basis of innovative products and business processes. Application of standards is crucial for the development of innovative business practices and services in distributed engineering and manufacturing, and supply chain management.

The actual problem is that national initiatives on standards have not been coordinated, leading to obstacles in the application of innovative e-business solutions on a European level. Successful national initiatives on standards and good practices on how to use these standards to develop innovative business solutions have to be exchanged and disseminated on a European level. Proposed coordination activities comprise the inventory and evaluation of the most promising open standards and their use in Best Practice studies in horizontal integration (cooperating shipyards) and vertical integration (in the supply chain). Findings are exchanged in intensive workshops, with a focus on a common strategic agenda for the use of standards.

A handbook and an open course on the application of standards are compiled and disseminated to improve business process design in the maritime sector. 15 partners from 10 countries are cooperating in the CA: experienced academics and consultants and business associations representing Industrial User Groups of yards and suppliers.

Aims and objectives:

The project objective and operational goals of this project are:
 to identify the most promising standards in the maritime sectors of the participants and their suitability for practical application on EU level for the development of innovative business solutions, this goal should be achieved in project month 6, by delivering a report on the EUROMIND reference standard.; to analyse, exchange and disseminate Best Practices in application and adoption strategies of most promising standards for business process development on European level, in

  • ‘horizontal’ integration, covering the cooperation of shipyards in different countries in distributed engineering and manufacturing in European networks;
  • ‘vertical’ integration, covering cooperation in the vertical value chain of ship owners – shipyards – equipment suppliers – designers – specialist consultants;
  • covering cooperation between industrial companies in the different project phases.

Formulating a common agenda on potential innovative business solutions and the corresponding needs/possibilities for standards development, introduction and application; this goal should be achieved in project month 19, by delivering a report on the identified impacts, potentials and requirements of standards in maritime business process development and reengineering. 
Provide practical guidance for the implementation of Best Practices, by compilation of a Handbook for Standards-based Business Solutions, comprising a fairly detailed guideline relevant for introducing standards in the day-to-day shipbuilding business processes and the consequent changes to these processes; this goal should be achieved in project month 21, by delivering of the EUROMIND-handbook. Another goal is to demonstrate the use of the standards to develop innovative business solutions within the construction material and building sector (shipbuilding in particular) during the life cycle (design, production and maintenance phase) of products; this goal should be achieved in project month 22, by organising 3 EUROMIND workshops on the implementation and use of standards in maritime business process development.
Furthermore, a consistent strategic agenda for the further development, introduction and implementation of standards related to innovative business processes in the EU shipbuilding sector will be defined, in order to enhance the innovation performance of the European economy; this goal should be achieved in project month 22, by delivering a Report on a common EUROMIND strategy relative to standards & maritime business process development.


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