Assessing a vessel's environmental impact

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A consortium of businesses in France has developed a new method of “eco-design” tooling that tracks a vessel’s impact on the environment throughout its life cycle.

Project Sustainable Ship Design evaluates everything from the vessel’s construction materials and assembly at the yard to its use, maintenance and eventual dismantling.

The assessment follows specific criteria, including “ecotoxicity” of the environment, eutrophication (proliferation of algae and destruction of the flora and fauna), global warming, atmospheric acidification, ozone layer depletion, human toxicity, fine particle emissions, abiotic depletion, and flow indicators (water and energy consumption, waste production).

The project enables the sharing of data between companies in the same industry. It comprises one of the first global approaches to evaluating and reducing the environmental impact of a vessel, according to those involved in the project.

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