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Advanced decision support for shiprouting based on full-scale ship specific responses as well as improved sea and weather forecasts including synoptic, high precision and realtime satellite data


Project timeline
January 2001
36 months
December 2003
General Information
The sea performance of a ship and, hence, the safety amd well-being of its passengers and crew, the quality of life of people at sea, and the ship's cargo, its life time, speed, fuel consumption and emmissions, the economics and environmental impact of sea transport, all depend on sea state and weather along the searoutes. Oceanographic and atmospheric input data are so far provided through general sea weather and sea state forecasts for a 5-10 days period. High precision satellite altimetry by research satellites such as ERS-2, Topex-Poseidon and Jason do provide sea state data in the required order of magnitude of resolution and precision. Computer based decision support systems will be the outcome of the SEAROUTES initiative which aim, via optimisation of achievement functions, at 1) Minimum time, fuel consumption and ship motion of a transcontinental container service, while also considering the adverse effects of changing ETAs (Estimated Time of Arrival) on transport logistics, 2) Maximum safety and well-being of passengers (motion reduction) of fast (car) ferries, and minimizing effects on the overall logistics: information on changed ETA's and consequences for logistics (e.g. advice on different railway connections).
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP5-GROWTH-2000, KA3: Land transport and marine technologies, Maximising interoperability and vessel performance (1.1.3.-3.2.2)
Project TypeRTD
Contract NumberG3RD-CT-2000-00309
Co-ordinatorTechnische Universität Berlin (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Prof Emil Stanev, Institute of Coastal Research, KSD Phone: +49 4152 87 1597, (initial contact: Dr. Wolfgang Rosenthal, Institute of Coastal Research)
E-mail contact
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Danaos Shipping Co. (GR), Deutscher Wetterdienst (DE), European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (UK), Instituto de Meteorologia (PT), Italian Ship Owner Consortium (CONSARI) (IT), National Laboratory for Engineering and Industrial Technology (PT), National Technical University of Athens (GR), Satellite Observing Systems Ltd. (UK), Technische Universität Berlin (DE)

(completed December 2003)

Last Update: 16. April 2021