The 3nd General Assembly meeting of RETROFIT was held June 6th and 7th, 2012 at Hamburg (CMT, www.cmt-net.org). The European project RETROFIT aims at knowledge and tools to retrofit ships for more environment-friendly and efficient operations. The study has started in the autumn of 2011.
Work Package 1 (Ships in operation) introduced the first project technical deliverable on a method to identify “worthy to retrofit ships” (task T1.1,Retrofit candidates, needs and requirements). Retrofitting may involve considerable investment in equipment, labour and also loss of revenues during the time spent at the shipyard.
Investments are only interesting if the ship performance is improved to such a degree that the expected additional profits after retrofitting, compensate for the investment within a reasonable period of time. Task T1.1 developed a method and a supporting tool that allow to do this efficiently and accurately, hereby enabling the ship owner to obtain a reliable picture regarding the technical-economic feasibility of retrofitting the ship.
Work Package 3 built a structured list of mature green technologies that are suitable for retrofitting along with (illustrative) energy and emissions saving potentials. The list will evolve towards a database (catalogue) that will be updated throughout the duration of the project.
The RETROFIT project is to enable assess the performance ships before and after retrofitting by means of stimulation. For model verification and validation the motorschip José Mariá Entrecanales is chosen as case ship. José Mariá Entrecanales is a ‘RoRo vessel’ which sails between the mainland of Spain and the island Mallorca. ACCIONA Transmediterraea is the owner of 22 vessels, among them more RORO vessels but also RO-PAX and High Speed Vessels.
More information about the RETROFIT project: www.retrofit-project.eu.