Summary and structure

LINCOLN is a 36 months research project ended in September 2019. The project used innovative design methodologies and tools for the development of three types of completely new vessels concepts through dynamic simulation model testing in the maritime sector.

In developing the three new vessels (a Multi-platform Catamaran, a Module Based High Speed Patrol Boat Platform, an Emergency Response and Recovery Vessels series for Coastal Rescue activities), LINCOLN will use:

A lean fact based design model approach

which combines real operative data at sea with lean methodology, to support the development and implementation of the vessel concepts;

IT customized tools

to enable the acquisition and usage of field data, coming from an IoT platform

High performance computing simulating

To demonstrate feasibility of the 3 vessels concept a fluid dynamics and structural simulation test, using high performance computing, will be performed on each of them.

Project structure

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Project Management and coordination

(POLIMI) Ensure the proper management of the project, support the participants to achieve the objectives in time. Set-up an effective communication infrastructure in the consortium.

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Project Concept and assessment

(SINTEF) Lean design principle and methodology.

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Technological platform and tools customization

(HOLONIX) Gathering data from operating vessels.

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Vessel Design

(CTN) Construction and production principles small series or one off vessels.

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Boat Model testing

(CINECA – CETRI) Simulation. Vessel and equipment / Cost estimation / Environmental Impact. High value-added specialised vessels concepts.

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Dissemination & Exploitation

(POLIMI) Increase professional skills / Dissemination / Communication


The consortium is formed by 16 authoritative partners from 6 EU countries and is led by Politecnico di Milano.



Composed of international representatives mainly coming from industry (75% from end users maritime sector / 25% from technological sectors).