Introduction to the HOLISHIP Project

  • Jochen MarziEmail author


The H2020 European Research Project—HOLISHIP—Holistic Optimisation of Ship Design and Operation for Life Cycle (2016–2020) sets out to substantially advance ship design to achieve much improved vessel concepts for the twenty-first century. This innovative design approach, which is implemented into an integrated design software platform, considers all relevant ship design aspects, namely energy efficiency, safety, environmental compatibility, production and life-cycle cost. In the present chapter, we briefly review historical developments related to the HOLISHIP project and give an overview of the objectives, the adopted approach and the expected outcome of the project. Subsequent chapters of the book elaborate on the holistic approach to ship design, the development and integration of software tools into the HOLISHIP design platform. Volume 2 of the present book, expected to be published after the end of the project in 2020, will include the planned application studies.


Holistic ship design Multi-criteria optimisation Design software platform Life-cycle assessment 



HOLISHIP is being funded by the European Commission within the HORIZON 2020 Transport Programme.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hamburgische Schiffbau Versuchsanstalt GmbH—HSVAHamburgGermany

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