The aim of the TrAM project was to develop a zero emission fast going passenger vessel through advanced modular production. New manufacturing methods can contribute to 25 per cent lower production costs and 70 per cent lower engineering costs. The project was revolutionary both in terms of zero emission technology and manufacturing methods, and will contribute to making electric-powered high-speed vessels competitive in terms of both cost and the environment in the future. The TrAM project vessel Medstraum is currently in operation for Kolumbus in Stavanger, Norway.

The project developed a toolkit of methods and software tools to be used by the industry when designing and constructing inshore vessels. By combining advanced modular production principles with ship design and construction methods, the project allowed deeper modular system integration than the currently much used one-dimensional modularity systems. The project has made it possible to reuse a broad set of designs and ship system components across the presently envisaged (and other) application cases, while customizing the vessel as necessary for the use case. This allows cost-efficient design and production of one-off designs, of small series, as well as larger series of vessels.

The demonstrator vessel Medstraum is built and in operation on a multi-stop commuter route into Stavanger, Norway. The demonstrator is a fully electric fast passenger ferry with zero emission to air and sea. The project also conducted two studies for the same type of vessel in River Thames, London and on the canals in Belgium to explore opportunities for similar zero emission vessels. The TrAM project will continue to pave the way for lower priced, environmentally friendly ships also in other routes in Europe.

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