Welcome to SUSPRO!
SUSPRO is a four-year competence-building research project which started in the fall of 2013.The objective is to achieve sustainable and life-cycle-oriented ship production in an uncertain, fluctuating market. Knowledge, methods, best practice processes and decision support tools will be developed to:
NTNU is project manager and owner and the research activities are carried out in collaboration with SINTEF and the industrial partners Ulstein International AS, Fiskerstrand Holding AS and PON POWER AS. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway's MAROFF program, with financial support from the industrial partners..
About the project
Sustainable ship production takes a perspective that extends beyond competitive manufacturing and operations and includes minimizing the environmental burden associated with every aspect in the product's lifecycle, from design, to manufacturing and use, right through recycling.
Innovations in production management, such as modularization, design for X (maintenance, recycling etc.), lean production, advanced production technology and integrated ICT-systems, can support the movement toward sustainability beyond mere pollution control and compliance to environmental regulations. Applying such innovations will contribute to sustainable solutions in terms of material efficiency, cost, emissions and energy consumption seen over the life cycle as a whole.
However, these approaches are developed for predictable, repetitive high-volume production with special-purpose and automated equipment. They are not aligned with the market and product characteristics of one-of-a-kind, engineer-to-order products such as offshore ships. The market situation for Norwegian offshore ships and equipment is characterised by increasingly intense, global competition due to the growing number of companies from low-cost countries such as China and Korea that are offering products in this segment. Furthermore, the market is exposed to extreme fluctuations where one year's boom can be followed by a downfall the year after. This competitive situation requires design and operation of yards and production networks that are both sustainable from a life-cycle perspective and fully flexible, i.e. capable of switching production from one product to another, and adjust capacity to the highly fluctuating demand at acceptable cost.
The main challenge this project addresses is therefore to increase sustainability in customer-driven and capital-intensive offshore shipbuilding by achieving innovations that ensure high environmental and economical performance in uncertain, fluctuating markets.
Expected project outcomes
For the project to achieve its main objective, some secondary goals and deliverables have been defined:
This is expected to result in: