VISIONS implements a "pre-competitive" creative process for the definition and validation
of visionary concept outlines for vessels and floating structures (potential products for the next 5 - 15 years).
The definition of all concept outlines will be done on the basis of market and society scenarios,
which will be elaborated and selected as part of the process.
This process is vertically structured in 5 Business Areas:
and horizontally in 7 Expertise Fields:
- Maritime Tourism / Leisure
- Short Sea Shipping
- Inland Shipping
- Deep Sea Shipping
- Floating Infrastructures
and is managed by leading industrial and research Core Partners.
The process, which will be repeated 3 times (3 Innovation Loops) during the proposed NoE duration,
is intended to be continued as a permanent "think tank".
During the Innovation Loops the creative potential and expertise of the leading European Maritime
Universities will used, both for idea generation as well as for concept validation.
- Market / Society Needs
- Technical Feasibility / Design
- Equipment / Systems
- Operation / Security
- Infrastructure / Logistics
- Safety / Environment
The results of the process , in particular visionary concept outlines,
but also identified gaps in know how and R&D, will be presented to the R&D community and the maritime
industry by annual “Showcase” workshops, after which interested industry partners may develop
interesting concepts into real products. The identified gaps as well as information from the scenario
work will be used as input for the definition of R&D strategy of the maritime industry, linked to
its actual and future European Advisory Council and Technology platform structures.