Low Energy And Near to zero emissions Ships

Time Project Coordinator Funding Scheme
Start date: May 2015 
End date: April  2019
Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem BV Horizon 2020
Call: H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages


The main objective of the LeanShips project is to demonstrate solutions that support the making of new and existing (retrofitted) ships more efficient and less polluting, in accordance with end users’ requirements.
The technologies selected within LeanShips address engines/fuels/drive trains, hull/propulsors and energy systems/emission abatement technologies.


Assessment of safety and regulatory aspects related to the ship integration of the Decision Support System for the ship Energy management developed within the project and assessment of the safety and regulatory aspects related the emission after treatment (particle filter), developed within the project, for the emission reductions of leisure/passenger ships.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 636146.


LeanShips will carry out eight demonstrator show cases (Demo Cases) that combine technologies for efficient and less polluting vessels with end-users’ needs and requirements.
In particular, demonstrators concern: green ship-handling tugs by using a new generation of high-speed LNG-fuelled engines in direct-drive configuration, demonstration of the potential of methanol as an alternative fuel, an efficient LNG-carrier, SECA retrofitting strategy, implementation and demonstration of a large area oscillating propulsor (O-foil) and diesel-electric propulsion in inland shipping, large diameter propeller for general cargo vessel, Decision Support System for ship energy efficiency and finally energy efficient systems for leisure/passenger ship.

Project Consortium

1 Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem BV 2 Netherlands Maritime Technology 3 Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. 4 STX France SA, SIREHNA SA 5 Fincantieri S.p.A. 6 Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland 7 Universiteit Gent, MEYER WERFT GmbH 8 CETENA, RINA SERVICES SPA 9 MEC Insenerilahendused OÜ 10 SMARTLINK, Tallink Grupp As 11DNVGL SE, ENERTIME 12 Leroux & Lotz Technologies 13 Hug Ingineering Italia S.r.l. 14 Hochschule, Emden/Leer 15 PAULSTRA 16 MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH 17 Svitzer A/S, NAVANTIA S.A 18 Rolls-Royce Power Engineering 19 Rolls-Royce Marine AS, Rolls-Royce AB 20 Lloyd’s Register EMEA 21 Wagenborg Shipping B.V. 22 CONOSHIP 23 Chalmers AB 24 O-Foil Development B.V. 25 Dutch Cargo, VICUS S.L. 26 Methanex Europe SA/NV 27 Abeking & Rasmussen 28 KANT MARINE NV 29 Dredging International NV 30 Machinefabriek Bolier B.V. 31 Cryonorm Systems B.V, 32 Niestern Sander Reparatie BV 33 Cofely Nederland BV 34 Kongsberg Maritime 35 Damen Shipyards Galati 36 Marine Engineering SRL 37 International Paint 38 Wärtsillä Finland 39 Wärtsillä Netherlands

Alessandro Maccari