Research Activities

Ongoing projects

Research activities take place mostly through collaborative projects (European, national or regional levels) and focus mainly on sustainable operation of ships, maritime security or autonomous shipping.

Ongoing projects:

–  ANTARCTICA  : Improving ship energy efficiency with positive or negative cold heat conversion solutions as a partial replacement of existing chillers.
CAPNAV: Real-time embedded instrumentation that will give access to a large number of parameters on fine particles emissions.
CMES WEST-MED: Establishing a sound network of maritime academies, public authorities and private stakeholders from maritime transport in the Mediterranean area.
E PANEMA* :  Studying and developing innovative technological building blocks to enhance navigation safety and offer an improved environmental protection by reducing collision events and providing a decision tool.

OPTIROUTE** :  Reducing ships’ energy consumption through consideration of environmental conditions, especially the sea state, during ship design and ship operations.

PASSION* :  Development and validation of a navigational integrated bridge for commercial ships
SEA4M* :  Providing a monitoring system design suitable for practical use and sharing within given missions undertaken by different types of autonomous crafts, and implementing safe operations
SEANATIC : Designing adaptive and environmentally friendly Human-System interface to illustrate and display relevant information for on-board and shore-based maintenance, and create opportunities for energy efficiency, safety and cost reduction
SEAWING* : Developing and commercialising a wind assisted auxiliary system using a captive sail
SKILLSEA : Ensuring European’s maritime professionals have key skills with regard to digital and environmental areas and soft management skills for the rapidly-changing maritime labour market.

* : Projects supported by ADEME
** : Projects supported by BPI France

The French Maritime Academy offers a « Future ship » program, focused on statutory aspects and aiming at the identification of barriers to changes: autonomous ships, use of hydrogen onboard….

Simultanously, students carry out innovative activities, based on topics or issues suggested by the industry. By doing so, Ingenieurs-to be have the opportunity to put the Academy training into practice to promote innovation, and to establish a network with potential employers.

Research work at the Academy relies on the establishement of partnerships and also on the strenghtening of existing teams in order to meet the demand in terms of R&D and train the Ingenieurs of tomorrow’s maritime economy.

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Examples of Dissertations submitted

Seafarer with Ingenieur qualification program

  • As a part of the “Bridge of the future” project, study on the Human-Machine interface ergonomy for the conning display and information in context
  • Combined weather routeing evolutions
  • Improving a vessel’s IT security
  • Using ship data for energy optimisation

Marine Engineering program

  • Treatment of ship Diesel engine exhaust gases
  • Installation of batteries and/or supercondensers onboard the Loire ferries
  • Statutory aspects and certification of the ship Plastic Odyssey

Contact Persons in charge of dissertations:
Seafarer with Ingenieur qualification: Gersende Le Dimna
– Marine Engineering: Alban Salmon