Low Energy And Near-to-zero emission Ships

LeanShips was a Horizon 2020 European Innovation project that aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness and reliability of energy saving and emission reduction technologies at full scale. The project supported developments that made new and existing vessels more efficient and less polluting.

LeanShips was a European Innovation Project (Horizon 2020 framework programme) based on seven, mostly full scale demonstrators on board ships. The project aimed to put innovations into practice by carrying out seven demonstrator show cases (Demo Cases) that combine technologies for efficient and less polluting vessels with end-users’ needs and requirements.

Dedicated teams of equipment manufacturers (technology providers), shipyards (technology integrators), and ship owners (technology users) made certain that the innovations developed in the project were matured to market uptake capability. The ship types addressed by the project were small to midsized vessels for cargo and maritime operations, leisure and inland shipping.

Making new and existing vessels more efficient and less polluting indicated the need for significant industry involvement. In this respect, 81% of the project partners were industrial enterprises.  In total, 41 partners from various EU member states were involved in LeanShips. The project had a duration of four years and was coordinated by Damen Shipyards Gorinchem.

More information about the project can be found at the project website.