The topic of SAFEDOR is risk-based ship design and approval. SAFEDOR is an integrated project in the 6th framework programme of the European Commission (CEC). The project started in Feb. 2005 and is planned to run for 4 years. The project volume is 20m with 12m funding by the European Commission. Under the coordination of Germanischer Lloyd, 53 organisations representing all stakeholders of the maritime industry participate.
Marine equipment manufacturers will substantially benefit from the introduction of risk-based approaches through enabling new and optimised systems incorporating new functions and materials. Many systems onboard ship today are regulated by IMO or classification societies imposing strict guidance on system design and functionality. Innovative systems offering superior functionality but challenging current rules or regulations are penalised through difficult and unpredictable approval processes. SAFEDOR will propose a modernised regulatory framework to implement innovative and rule-challenging systems efficiently with a higher level of planning security.
To facilitate the above, marine equipment manufacturers are expected to expand their expertise related to risk-based approaches. In particular, knowledge on risk assessment procedures is needed and modern software tools to support this. Furthermore, cost-benefit analyses will be required as standard in early design.
For further information, also see the SAFEDOR website.
The project is funded by DG Research.