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EU-MOP OVERVIEW. Elimination Units for Marine Oil Pollution (EU-MOP): The Concept. Harilaos N. Psaraftis Professor, NTUA Project Manager, EU-MOP. Madrid, 24 Jan. 2008. Strategic Objectives.

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Eu mop overview


Elimination Units for Marine Oil Pollution (EU-MOP): The Concept

Harilaos N. PsaraftisProfessor, NTUAProject Manager, EU-MOP

Madrid, 24 Jan. 2008

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Strategic Objectives

Project EU-MOP addresses (FP6-2003-Transport-3) Objective 2 “Advanced design and production techniques”, Research Domain 2.5 of the Thematic Priority 6.2 “Sustainable Surface Transport”:

…. Emphasis will be put on clean, cost and energy effective processes, sub-sea robotics and autonomous systems for maintenance and inspection, innovative dismantling and recycling operations including the removal of oil slicks at sea.

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EU-MOP Project Goal

  • The goal of EU-MOP project is to introduce an innovative, reliable and advanced oil combating ‘total solution’, thereby enhancing the existing oil confrontation capability and the protection of marine environment

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EU-MOP Project Features

  • Strong consortium

  • Highly interdisciplinary

  • Leading edge R&D

  • Innovation

  • Industrial appeal

  • Advisory committee

Interdisciplinary approach

Interdisciplinary approach

  • Vessel design

  • Robotics

  • Propulsion

  • Oil processing

  • Cost-benefit

  • Response logistics

  • Validation (proof of concept)

  • Dissemination

Some facts

Some facts

  • Project start: 1 Feb. 2005

  • Duration: 3 years

  • 13 partners from 7 EU countries

  • Total man-months: 235

  • Total budget: 2.900.00 EUR

  • EC funding: 1.900.000 EUR

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EU-MOP Partners


  • Greece1NTUANational Technical University of Athens

  • UK2SSRCUniversity of Strathclyde, S.S.R.C.

  • France3SIRSIREHNA S.A.

  • Portugal4ISQInstituto de Soldadura e Qualidade

  • UK5BMTBritish Maritime Technology

  • Spain6CETCetemar

  • Greece7EPEEnvironmental Protection Engineering S.A.

  • Spain8AURAurensis

  • UK9OXFUniversity of Oxford

  • Spain10CONConsultrans

  • France11BEMBE-Mauric

  • Germany12ISLInstitute of Shipping Economics and Logistics

  • Germany13IPAFraunhofer I.P.A.

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EU-MOP Advisory Committee

  • E. de Nanteuil, CEDRE

  • M. Dorey, Vikoma

  • V. Kyrikos, AVIN International

  • F. Larsen, Lamor

  • M. Palomares, IMO

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Unit located oil

Mother Ship

EU-MOP swarm

Ready to unload to Mother Ship

EU-MOP unit operating in situ

Oil spill

Protecting the shore

EU-MOP Concept

EU-MOP communications

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EU-MOP Workpackages

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EU-MOP Workplan

  • WP0 State of the Art – Baseline

  • WP1 Operational Specifications & Technical Requirements

  • WP2 Design of the Elimination Units for Marine Oil Pollution, EU-MOP

  • WP3 Energy Source & Propulsion

  • WP4 Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

  • WP5 Oil Processing Scheme

  • WP6 Cost Benefit Assessment

  • WP7 Emergency Response Management - Logistics

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EU-MOP Workplan

  • WP8 Dissemination/Exploitation

  • WP9 Validation Activities – Proof of Concept

  • WP10 Overall Management and Coordination

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Oil Industry in Europe: Ashore & Offshore

Major maritime traffic routes, major ports & major offshore installations in EU waters

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Priority Areas for Additional Response

Priority areas for additional response capacity Source: EMSA

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Oil Spill Trends in EU Waters

Oil spilled in Europe from 1990 to 2004 (spills > 7 tons)Source: ITOPF

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EU-MOP Oil Spill Analysis for EU Waters

  • Mediterranean Sea

  • Baltic Sea

  • North Sea

  • Kiel Canal

  • English Channel

  • British Islands

  • European Atlantic (France, Spain and Portugal)

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Oil Spill Analysis (Mediterranean Sea)

Spills in the Med. Seaaccording to Size (1990-2003) Source of Raw Data: REMPEC

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Oil Spill Analysis (Baltic Sea)

Spills in the Baltic Sea according to Size (1990-2002) Source of Raw Data: HELCOM/MARIS

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Oil Spill Analysis (British Islands)

Fluctuation of number of spills per annum (1990-2003)

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Study of Environmental Data

Density Function of Hs (English Channel)Source : NTUA

Polar Histogram (%) of Mean Wave Direction, θ (English Channel)Source : NTUA

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Study of Environmental Data

Distribution of wave direction for the coasts of Portugal and Galicia (Spain)

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Risk Analysis in EU Waters

Risk Parameters (ordinal/ranking approach)

  • Level of Past Spill Incidents

  • Level of Tanker Traffic

  • Basic Traffic Hazards

  • Tanker Route Diverges or Merges with Traffic Flow

  • Geographical Hazards of the Area of Interest

  • Major Port Activities

  • Major Refinery Activities

  • Navigation Hazards

  • Sea State Characteristics

  • Particularly Sensitive Areas

  • Level of Response Capacity

  • Level of Financial and Environmental Impact

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Risk Analysis in EU Waters

Proposed Risk Areas in the EU Waters

Mediterranean Sea

  • The Aegean Sea

  • The Southern Region of Sicily (Straits of Sicily)

  • The North Adriatic Sea

  • The Straits of Gibraltar

    Atlantic Front (European Atlantic)

  • The Galician Coast NW of Spain

  • The English Channel (e.g. its approaches)

    North Sea

  • Off the Coasts of the Netherlands and Belgium

  • The UKCS and the Area of Offshore Oil & Gas

    Inst., NE of the UK

    Baltic Sea

  • The Kiel Canal & the Entrance to the Baltic Sea

  • The Entrance to Gulf of Finland

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Risk Analysis in EU Waters

Distribution of Risk Areas within EU waters

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EU-MOP technical concept

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L size catamaran

EU-MOP technical concept (2008)

L-size Catamaran

L-size MonoCat

M size catamaran

EU-MOP Unit Types

M-size Catamaran

M-size MonoCat

S size

EU-MOP Unit Types


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  • All of the project’s objectives have been fulfilled

  • Project produced more than its TOR

  • Several variants have been designed

  • Model experiments have been conducted

  • Analyses have been conducted as regards:

    • Spill statistics and risk

    • Vehicle design

    • Hydrodynamics

    • Propulsion

    • Robotics

    • Cost-benefit

    • Logistics (strategic/tactical/operational)

    • Validation/proof of concept

  • Concept: promising for further development

  • Both technically and economy-wise

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EU-MOP Coordinates

EU-MOP project web site:

  • EU-MOP public deliverables, news bulletin and other info available (oil spill library, links, etc)

  • All of today’s presentations will be available at this web site

Www eumop org

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Thank you very much!

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