Academy to submit scientific project to NATO
For the Antwerp Maritime Academy, sustainability is written large and not seen as a necessary evil, as can be proved by several scientific research projects that are under development today.
On the 18 March 2014 our H2020 project “Cost-effective mechanisms for the extension of coating life span on board merchant ships” was submitted to the European Commission. This project concentrates on coating and coating application on the inside of ballast tanks. A consortium with Swedish, French, Portuguese and Ukraine institutes and universities was created. We are confident that this project will pass the first round.
The corrosion team of the Antwerp Maritime Academy decided to push on and to incorporate hull resistance caused by corrosion and bio-fouling into their line of research.
Together with the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics (IMBG) of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine a project called "Fighting Maritime Corrosion and Biofouling with Task-Specific Ionic Compounds" was submitted to the Independent Scientific Evaluation Group of the NATO.
On 14 March 2014, Dr. Susanne Michaelis, NATO officer, Energy Security Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division, paid a visit to the Antwerp Maritime Academy with the good news that the project was accepted in the first round and we were stimulated to go ahead with the preparation of a full project.
Dr. Geert Potters of the Academy, backed up by the corrosion team, and Dr. Olena Moshynets of IMBG are jointly working through the submitted project and will be presenting the complete and final version at the NATO in Brussels on 19 June.
Again we are confident that the outcome of this project will be positive and will form the basis of a close cooperation between AMA and IMBG.
Dr. Olena Moshynets (IMBG) with
Capt. Dr. Kris De Baere and Dr. Geert Potters.