The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) is the oldest (founded in 1837) and most prestigious Engineering University in Greece with a large involvement and participation in research projects both in a National and European level.
NTUA is organised in 9 Schools, occupies 512 faculty members and over 4,000 external collaborators and educates around 24,000 students in its 300,000 sq.m. of premises. NTUA has been ranked at the 10th position among all the European Universities in terms of research funded by the EU and at the 17th position among all the research centres in Europe.
NTUA participates in SafePASS with two different teams, namely the I-SENSE Group from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DECE) and the Laboratory for Maritime Transport (LMT) of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
I-SENSE Group consists of more than 70 researchers of various ranks and is very active in a number of scientific and research areas with main application areas the Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Virtual Environments, the Assistive Technologies and the Smart Integrated Systems & Communication. I-SENSE is involved in more than 100 Research Projects, the last 17 years, both EU funded and National ones, serving currently as the Coordinator of the following ones: COREALIS, ICT4CART, ELVITEN, IN-PREP, SAFERtec, PLUGGY, SCENT, NeMo, ΗYPERION, RESIST, SENSKIN.
Following Greece's rich maritime tradition, LMT is active in practically all areas of maritime transport R&D, having completed or being involved in projects in areas such as technology, management, economics, logistics, telematics, human aspects, environment, and safety. It has also been involved in projects and studies with a substantial policy analysis element. Research projects in which NTUA‐LMT participated include EC DG‐TREN and DG‐RTD projects ATOMOS, THAMES, ATOMOS II, SAFECO, SAFECO II, DISC, DISC II, PROSIT, ATOMOS IV, ADVANCES, THEMES, EVIMAR, TRAPIST, INTEGRATION, MARQUAL, MTCP, OSH, EU‐MOP, FLAGSHIP, CHINOS, MOSES, CYCLADES, SAFEPEC and Mentor.
Role in the project
In SafePASS, NTUA is the project coordinator while is also leading and participating in tasks related to the Data Management processes and plan, the development of system specifications and design, the development of novel ship architectural structures and LSAs, the development of AR applications, as well as the implementation of validation campaigns and pilot demonstrations.
Apart from these activities, NTUA will have a monitoring role in all WPs in order to follow activities and ensure that the work plan is in line with the Description of Action.
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Our vision is to transform research to successful market products. Products enhanced with intelligent services built upon novel data analytics algorithms, mechanisms and tools that are reusable and scalable across multiple application domains. EXUS Innovation is a key partner that can actively contribute to the definition of new research and innovation opportunities harnessing the potential of Data.
Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC) is an industry-University partnership involving Strathclyde's Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and DNV GL Classification Society. Together we've established a world-class centre of excellence and we're shaping the future of maritime safety via the collaboration and knowledge exchange between industry and academia. MSRC is supporting the development and nurtures the implementation of lifecycle risk management by fostering formal cost-effective measures of risk reduction that lead to sustainable safety improvements for new & existing ships, and offshore assets. In addition, MSRC supports the development of a modern regulatory framework to promote and uphold safety culture.
MSRC’s role in SafePASS will primarily be to develop a Risk Model for Passenger Evacuation (Mustering and Abandonment) in flooding and fire scenarios, propose Risk Reduction, Mitigation and Control Measures in emergencies. MSRC will also be managing the Dissemination and Communication activities of SafePASS project
TELESTO Technologies Ltd, was founded in 2004 and is based in Athens-Greece. The company provides state-of-the art solutions in the area of Internet-of-Things (IoT), Smart Cities and Citizen Engagement, Smart Metering, ITS, Smart Agriculture and Safety & Security for Critical Infrastructures and Maritime industry. Telesto is recognized among the innovation leaders in Smart Cities, especially in Greece.
The high expertise and technical qualification of the R&D team, the management skills of the leading team and strong ties with Academia at local- and EU-level allows us to execute and deliver on time, complex ICT projects which demand high degree of technical innovation and rapid adaptation. TELESTO has established partnerships and collaboration with leading EU companies and participates actively in a number of innovative R&D and commercial projects in the above field of expertise during National and European (FP7 and H2020) R&D funding frameworks.
Crowd Dynamics International Ltd Crowd Dynamics is an independent specialist consultancy in crowd movement, transport planning and movement strategies. We are uniquely positioned to support clients who need the safe and efficient movement of people in all transport modes. Our multi-disciplinary staff are world leading experts on crowd movement, simulation and crowd management.
We are employed as advisors on some of the world’s most complex and prestigious projects where complex crowd movement requires specialist analysis. Examples include pilgrimages in Mecca and Madinah; FIFA world cup stadium design and management; and many large scale rail stations, ports and city centres. Crowd Dynamics put in evacuation strategies for complex buildings, helping to save lives by optimising the speed and safety of evacuations.
We are continually researching and developing the field of crowd dynamics, which includes development of real-time simulation for the evacuation processes in stadium, cruise ships or large scale events. Predicting in a matter of seconds the optimum routes during evacuation based on real-time data feeds in specialist systems is the cornerstone of recent work. In SafePASS, we will further develop these simulations, challenging current standards for maritime evacuation procedures, providing better situational awareness and reducing the risk to passengers during emergencies
CS GROUP is a large and very innovative company based in Paris - France, with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, as well as in North America, and listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. It employs 2100 people worldwide, among which 90% are PhDs or Engineers, for an annual turnover of 230 M€ in 2019, of which ~20% are allocated to RTD activities. CS GROUP expertise in critical systems makes it a partner of choice in the sectors of defense and security, space, as well as aeronautics, energy, and industry. Acknowledged as a very innovative company, CS GROUP participates in numerous French competitiveness clusters, as well as European Commission and ESA programs. In May 2020, CS Defense Business Unit merged with DIGINEXT, its prestigious 100% owned subsidiary, to form a European leader employing 700 experts in the field of Defense and Security.
In SafePASS, CS GROUP will provide its world-class expertise in the development of advanced situational awareness systems, and more specifically of an innovative Common Operational Picture system design (T5.1). Based on its Crimson solution, CS GROUP will progress again the state-of-the-art in this domain by designing a novel Holographic Common Operational Picture concept aiming to dramatically enhance legibility to support the sensemaking process within dense and complex indoor environments like cruiseships. In conjunction with this, CS GROUP will tailor and optimise its situational awareness data fusion & visualisation processes to the particular needs of a tactical situation visualisation on-board of a ship for emergency situations. Moreover, CS GROUP will be in charge of designing appropriate simulation scenarios. These will serve as a mixed reality test-bed for the project development by combining real and simulated inputs, as well as a training platform for SafePASS on-site integration activities.
Trinity College Dublin. TCD’s Centre for Innovative Human Systems (CIHS) is WP Leader of WP7 ‘Evidence Based Assessment & Socio-technical Modelling’. The objective of the WP is to ensure the usability, accessibility, acceptability, efficacy, and sustainability of the SafePASS solutions. This will be achieved by considering the social and behavioural aspects of deskilled evacuations of passenger ships throughout the design lifecycle. Innovative sociotechnical analyses and techniques will be leveraged to ensure that social and technical perspectives will work together – Task 7.1 will perform sociotechnical modelling of evacuations to understand the gaps between current practice and the proposed SafePASS solutions; Task 7.2. will examine, and specify a roadmap for tackling, the legal and ethical hurdles; while Task 7.3 will build a Community of Practice as the key mechanism to drive stakeholder engagement with the technical development. Dr. Paul Liston will lead TCD’s involvement in the project and will sit on the SafePASS Ethical Review Committee (ERC).
Survitec are a global safety and survival equipment manufacturer and service provider for the Marine, Aerospace, Defence, Industrial and Energy sectors. The product portfolio includes Liferafts, Lifejackets, Evacuation Systems, Survival suits, Lifeboats, Fire Fighting and Rescue equipment.
Within SafePASS, Survitec are the work stream leaders on WP3 - Next Generation Lifesaving Appliances and adaptation to Novel Ship Architectural Structures. Th scope of work will look at the current and anticipated future requirements of LSA, develop and validate prototypes of key elements of LSA, Training for Failure, integration of future LSA onboard future vessels. This will also generate recommendations for revision to relevant rules and requirements.
Located in Saint-Nazaire, Chantiers de l’Atlantique is the biggest shipyard in France with a total ship building capacity of 420,000 CGT per year. Thanks to its facilities (108 hectares yard with a huge 885 m long and 65 m wide drydock served by a massive 1400 tons gantry crane) and its continuous effort and investment in Research and Development programmes, it is one of the world leaders in cruise ship building.
Global ship safety is one of the company’s key topics to be dealt with as economic incentives favor large capacity cruise vessels carrying increasingly large numbers of passengers. Recently delivered cruise ships have a capacity to embark more than 6000 passengers.
Chantiers de l’Atlantique will strengthen the SafePASS consortium by bringing its expertise in cruise ship design and construction. The company will provide the input data on typical vessel architectures and behaviors and carry out the integration of innovative lifeboats on future cruise ships.
RINA Hellas Ltd and RINA Services are sister companies of the RINA Group which is a leading Classification Society with an explicit expertise in passenger ships. Working very close to the cruise ships industry, RINA is currently supervising seventeen shipbuilding projects of large cruise vessels that are being built with RINA Rules. In Greece, RINA Hellas has in classification a great portion of the passenger ships fleet and is the leader Class Society in the country. RINA has recently launched its strategy towards digitalisation and has ongoing projects with client shipping companies for the digital transformation of their activities. The double participation in SafePASS (with distinct activities for the two sister companies) serves two important goals of the RINA Group, a) to be actively involved in innovative projects with focus on safety in order to strengthen its leading position as Class Society in the passenger ships segment and b) to improve the digital platforms already developed by RINA and keep-up with the evolving digital transformation of international shipping.
RINA is the excellence behind excellence, a global corporation that leads industries to success working closely with customers, assisting them in the most effective, safe and sustainable way across the entire life cycle of their projects through a network of 3.800 talented professionals, operating in 200 offices in 70 countries worldwide. RINA is authorized to act on behalf of 116 Flag States, has classified 5.500+ ships (over 44 M GT), 1.300+ yachts, and is first World ranked for ferries classification. Ship safety has always been a RINA priority and mission, aimed at reducing accident rates, fatalities and casualties, fully in line with EU and IMO objectives. In SafePASS, RINA will bring its experience to encourage the smart and cost-effective application of risk reduction and mitigation measures through Formal Safety Assessment and Technology Qualification Processes, fostering and validating innovative solutions, targeting fit-for-purpose rules and drafting recommendations for future IMO adoption.
Drawing on a family tradition in the field of Transport and Shipping Agencies spanning more than 100 years (from 1910), SEABILITY is active in the fields of intermodal Freight Transport (road, air, and sea), shipping agencies, and logistics. SEAbility’s philosophy is dedicated to the non-stop development of specialized services, related to connectivity issues, data handling and security with the capacity and flexibility to meet its client’s specific needs and add tangible value to their business operations.
Building on its heritage in freight transportation, logistics and shipping agencies and by leveraging its expertise in these domains, SEAbility also has become an ICT and technology provider, offering Service oriented Architecture (SoA) solutions and consultancy services covering all areas of transportation and also fields related to environmental issues, energy, safety and security applications.
SEABILITY has established presence in three countries with offices in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki),
Cyprus (Limassol) and Bulgaria (Varna and Sofia).
SEABILITY, has expertise and experience in a broad range of technology and application fields, such as:
• Impact assessment and benchmarking of the logistics & transport sector
• Intermodal transport operations and processes (sea, road, train, air transport)
• Port operations on behalf of shipping Lines
• Consolidation, forwarding and door to door services
• Energy and environmental applications
• ICT technologies, software platforms and system integration
• Business intelligence and Data analytics in the Transport and Logistics sector
• Development of business applications and specialized solutions according to customer needs and requirements (turnkey solutions)
RCCL is a global cruise vacation company, operating a combined total of 59 ships with an additional 16 on order, as of August 2018. It operates diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 540 destinations on all seven continents serving more than 6 million guests per year. RCCL is extremely interested in the outcome of the project as it intends to actually implement the solutions developed SafePASS on future ship classes. The latter will obviously maximize the impact of the SafePASS project as potentially millions of passengers per year will be benefited by the exposure to reduced risk levels.
DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries. DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry. We enhance safety, quality, energy efficiency and environmental performance of the global shipping industry – across all vessel types and offshore structures. We invest heavily in research and development to find solutions, together with the industry, that address strategic, operational or regulatory challenges. DNV GL’s engagement in SafePass is focused on the development of a risk model for evacuation and abandonment of passenger ships and related amendments to IMO regulatory framework. The new risk model should more adequately consider current situation of passengers, e.g. with respect to physical capabilities, as well as establish the linkage to damage stability, i.e. the relation between time to capsize and time to evacuate.
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S is a global market leader within LSA for large passenger vessels within the cruise line and ferry sectors. VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S was founded Nordisk Gummibådsfabrik in 1960 and has over 2100 employees worldwide with 4 manufacturing locations and 75 owned service stations. Viking is developing, manufacturing and servicing Life Rafts, Marine Evacuation Systems, NOVEL Lifesaving Appliances, and all types of Personal Survival Equipment.