Current research projects

Ship Life Cycle Software Solutions (SHIPLYS) Project



The Ship life cycle software solutions (SHIPLYS) project is a three-year project. It was started in September 2016 with a budget of around 6.2 million Euros. 


It aims to:

  • reduce the time and costs of design and production
  • develop the ability to reliably produce better ship concepts through virtual prototyping
  • meet the increasing requirements for Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), environmental assessments, risk assessments and end-of-life considerations as differentiators


The consortium consists of 12 participants from seven countries who bring together stakeholder organisations and corresponding expertise.

Participants include: 

  • shipyards
  • a classification society
  • research institutes
  • industrial organisations that develop and provide technologies used in structural design and production. 

At the end of the project, a set of specific guidelines will be produced to assist future stakeholders within the industries to plan, establish and operate their businesses in the most optimal way possible.


  • Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde (UK)
  • TWI Ltd (UK)
  • Fundacion Centro Tecnologico Soermar (Spain)
  • Atlantec Enterprise Solutions GMBH (Germany)
  • Astilleros de Santander SA (Spain)
  • National Technical University of Athens NTUA (Greece)
  • Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal)
  • Varna Maritime Limited (Bulgaria)
  • Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd (UK)
  • Alveus L.L.C. (Croatia)
  • BMT Group Ltd (UK)
  • Lloyd’s Register EMEA IPS (UK)