CHEK Project Recognized by European Commission for its contribution towards a more sustainable maritime industry

In the News
November 28, 2023

Project CHEK proudly announces that it has been listed by the European Commission as a Research and innovation project success story. The CHEK project aims to decarbonize long-distance shipping using a combination of innovative technologies working in synergy.

Led by the University of Vaasa, the CHEK project tackles the challenge of zero-emission vessels by ingeniously integrating existing innovative technologies. The approach taken in this project is to develop a Future-Proof Vessel (FPV) Design Platform consisting of digital models. The aim is to find synergies in greenhouse gas emissions reductions with optimal combination of innovative decarbonisation technologies integrated in the two CHEK vessels. The FPV design platform is applicable for other vessel types, such as tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and ferries. These vessels jointly cover over 93% of the global shipping tonnage and are responsible for 85% of global greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.

The consortium partners are University of Vaasa (coordinator), BAR Technologies, Cargill, Climeon, Deltamarin, HASYTEC Electronics, Lloyd’s Register, MSC Cruises, Silverstream Technologies, World Maritime University, Wärtsilä, and Yara Marine Technologies.

The recent voyage of the Pyxis Ocean, the world's first cargo ship equipped with WindWings, marked a significant milestone in the project's journey. Initial results are encouraging, and highlight the potential to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in a sustainable manner, setting a new standard for shipping practices.

"Beyond individual ships, itinerary optimisation technology produced by MSC Cruises allows ship operators to plan routes that take account of environmental performance as well as commercial and technical demands. Wärtsilä’s lab test results on innovative hydrogen engine technology hold promise for a future of clean-burning alternative fuels in long-distance shipping." (European Commission)

For more information please visit the website of the European Commission.