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Acronym: OptiShip
Project Title: OPTImization of Life Cycle in the SHIPping industry
 18 months (01/06/2022 - 30/11/2023)



Description: Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) or Life Cycle Performable Analysis (LCPA) is based on modern mathematical models and contributes to business decision-making. LCA is also applied to shipping by examining the three life phases of a ship: (Ι) design & construction, (ΙΙ) operation & maintenance, and (ΙΙΙ) end of life cycle.


The OptiShip project deals with the development of a web-based decision-support service (DSS), which will be provided for the 3 life phases of the ship. In addition, it will combine (1) applied operational research with (2) naval architecture, (3) marine hydrodynamics, and (4) key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide decision support in all areas of the maritime industry.


OptiShip provides an innovative combined solution to address the various challenges highlighted, through a cloud-based consulting platform that will not require additional equipment, offering:

i. Supporting existing vessels throughout their life cycle, as opposed to simply optimizing the design, as has been the practice to date.

ii. Decision support through autonomous evaluation of many alternative scenarios and ship compositions.

iii. Consideration of operational, technical, economic and environmental aspects involved in the parameters.


Objectives: The OptiShip project focuses on the development, testing, implementation, evaluation and commercialization of a holistic online cloud-based LCA platform for the life cycle of a ship (phases I, II, III) and its structural parts. The OptiShip project aims to:

  • create a decision-support tool for shipyards, shipping companies, brokers, banks, insurance companies, engineering companies, etc.
  • develop a prototype platform, which will make decisive progress in the analysis of the 3 phases of a ship's life with new models for phases II & III of LCA and the introduction of a database for the majority of ship types (e.g. tankers, bulk carriers, gas, passenger).
  • develop an IPR plan, business plan and marketing plan that will support OptiShip's business in the years to come after the project is completed.
  • create a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) as a start-up to market the product and manage it after the project is closed (search for partnerships, investors, alliances and franchise for the product worldwide).


For further information, please visit the OptiShip website.


HIT key role and responsibilities: CERTH/HIT is the coordinator of the OptiShip project and the leader of the work package "Development of algorithms and KPIs for phases 2 and 3 of the LCA". The objective of this work package is to define the economic, energy, technological and environmental key performance indicators (KPIs) for phases 2, 3 of a ship's life cycle as well as the respective models that will be developed.


Contact persons:

Dr. Afroditi Anagnostopoulou
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 +30 212 1069 828


Mr. Attila Akac
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 +30 211 0130 489

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