Sustainable Growth through Maritime Innovation
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Vessels for the Future

Sustainable growth through maritime innovation

The European Research Association Vessels for the Future was launched in November 2014 and currently has 65 members in 15 EU Member States (as at December 2015). It represents a wide range of stakeholder interests and its planned work programme will be felt in all quarters of the European Maritime Cluster, having an impact on: Shipbuilders, Marine Equipment Manufacturers, Classification Societies, Ship Owners and Operators, Design and Consultancy Practices, Technology Companies, Research Institutes and University faculties.

Vessels for the Future is a membership association that is governed by its members through the mechanism of a General Assembly. It is a not-for-profit organisation constituted under Belgium law, registered as an AISBL and funded by its members. An operational structure is responsible for the management of the association on a day to day basis as represented in the diagram below and overseen by a board of directors appointed by the General Assembly.

vessels of the future research association organization
General assembly

Full Members one representative per member organisation

Voting rights:

  • Industry 70%
  • Research and Academia 30%
  • Associates (non-voting membership)
Board of directors

Chairman appointed by GA

Supported by 4 Vice-Chairs & Treasurer

Board Membership:

  • up to 11 Industry seats
  • up to 4 Research seats
  • up to 3 Associate seats
  • 1 Waterborne seat

Executive Director appointed by GA Responsible for day to day operations Industrial Research Advisory Group
Establish research agenda and priorities
Topic Groups
Develop research text

2050 goals

Safer Maritime Transport

Ships that are as safe as equivalent land based assets

Safety Target: risk reduction 90%

Cleaner more Efficient Marine Transport

Ships that are more fuel efficient, support the blue economy modal transport shift

ECO Targets: CO2 emissions reduction 80%, NOx and SOx reduction 100%, underwater noise level reduction 10dB.

A Competitive Industry that creates new jobs

Ship design, systems development and production leadership

Competitiveness Targets: technology supplier productivity improvement 80%, and ship operating costs reduction 80%