Low Energy and Near to Zero Emissions Ships (LeanShips)
Research Project, 2015 – 2019

The specific challenge for waterborne transport call MG4.1 is, “To support developments that make new and existing vessels…more efficient and less polluting”. A sound way to support developments is, to demonstrate solutions that are sufficiently close to market so that ship owners will consider these in their future investment plans. Following this reasoning LeanShips will execute 8 demonstration actions that combine technologies for efficient, less polluting new/retrofitted vessels with end users’ requirements. Demonstrators were selected for their end-user commitment (high realisation chance), impact on energy use/emissions, EU-relevance, innovativeness and targeted-TRL at the project end. Selected technologies (TRL3-4 and higher) address engines/fuels/drive trains, hull/propulsors, energy systems/emission abatement technologies. Technologies are demonstrated mostly at full-scale and evidence is provided on energy and emission performance in operational environments. The LeanShips partnership contains ship owners, shipyards and equipment suppliers, in total 48 partners from industry (81%) and other organisations. Industry has a leading role in each demonstrator. Target markets are the smaller-midsized ships for intra-European waterborne transport, vessels for offshore operations and the leisure/cruise market. First impact estimates show fuel saving of up to 25 %, CO2 at least up to 25%, and SOx/NOx/PM 10-100%. These estimates will be updated during the project. First market potential estimates for the LeanShips partnership and for markets beyond the partnership are promising. Project activities are structured into 3 layers: Basis layer with 8 focused demonstrators (WP 04-11), Integration layer with QA, Innovation Platform and Guide to Innovation (WP02), Dissemination and Market-uptake (WP03), and top Management layer (WP01), in total 11 Work Packages. The demonstrators represent an industry investment of ca. M€ 57, the required funding is M€ 17,25.


Rickard Bensow (contact)

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Arash Eslamdoost

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology

Carlo Negrato

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences (M2), Marine Technology


Abeking & Rasmussen Schiffs- und Yachtwerft Aktiengesellschaft

Lemwerder, Germany

Center Of Maritime Technologies Ev

Hamburg, Germany


Genova, Italy

Cofely Nederland

Bunnik, Netherlands

Conoship International

Gröningen, Netherlands

Cryonorm Systems

Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands

Damen Shipyards Galati

Galati, Romania

DCP Dutch Cargo Purchase

IJsselmuiden, Netherlands

Dredging International

Zwijndrecht, Belgium


Trieste, Italy

Ghent university

Gent, Belgium

Hochschule Emden/Leer

Emden, Germany

Hug Engineering Italia

Milano, Italy

Kant Marine en Industrie

Antwerpen, Belgium

Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg, Norway

Leroux & Lotz Technologies

Nantes, France

Lloyd's Register

London, United Kingdom

MaK Bolier

Dordrecht, Netherlands

Marine Engineering

Galati, Romania


Tallinn, Estonia

Methanex Europe

Waterloo, Belgium

Meyer Werft

Papenburg, Germany


Friedrichshafen, Germany


Madrid, Spain

Netherlands Maritime Technology

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Niestern-Sander Reparatie

Farmsum, Netherlands


Rotterdam, Netherlands


Levallois-Perret, France

Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)

Genoa, Italy

Rolls-Royce (Swe)

Kristinehamn, Sweden

Rolls-Royce Marine Norway

Aalesund, Norway

Rolls-Royce Power Engineering

Dunfermline, United Kingdom

Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem

Gorinchem, Netherlands

SEA Europe

Brussels, Belgium


Nantes, France


Tallinn, Estonia

Stichting Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland

Wageningen, Netherlands

STX France

Saint Nazaire, France


Copenhagen, Denmark


Tallinn, Estonia


Pontevedra, Spain

Wagenborg Shipping

Delfzijl, Netherlands

Wärtsilä Finland

Vaasa, Finland

Wärtsilä Netherlands

Zwolle, Netherlands


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/636146
Funding Chalmers participation during 2015–2019

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