CLIPPER - creating a leadership for maritime industries - new opportunities in Europe

Project submitted and approved within axis 2 of the INTERREG EUROPE PROGRAMME 2014-2020 – PROMOTING COMPETITIVENESS OF SMEs - OS 2.1 - Improved implementation of regional development policies and programmes.

Duration: January 2017 - June 2021

The project aims to make small and medium-sized enterprises more entrepreneurial by setting up regional support structures, developing instruments other than subsidies, and strengthening the economic profiles and global competitiveness of seven regions with marine interests. DLTM coordinates WG3, a workgroup supporting the internationalisation of SMEs.

The CLIPPER project was presented and approved in the context of the INTERREG Europe programme 2014-2020

Total budget: €1,347,050: DLTM €139,865 financed for 75% (i.e. a €34,966.25 contribution).

Partners: lGTM has partnered with Région des Pays de la Loire (French industry body), Conférence des Régions Périphériques Maritimes d'Europe (CRPM), Fundación Asturiana de la Energía (FAEN), Fife Council (Great Britain), Koneteknologiakeskus Turku OY (Finland), Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH (Germany), and Javna ustanova RERA S.D. za Koordinaciju i Razvoj Splitskodalmatinske županije (Croatia).



Transfer to the former B. Falcomatà military hospital, and enhancement of the cooperative research laboratories

Scope: New DLTM headquarters at Ospedale B. Falcomatà and enhancement of the cooperative research labs

New headquarters and improved research laboratories

Completed start-up of cooperative laboratories (CoRe Labs), which will, over the next three years, receive €2 million in PAR-FSC funds to fully develop their research activities and operate more efficiently.

It will enhance the supercomputing centre by acquiring a new HPC cluster and cutting-edge software tools. The marine laboratory is to set up a monitoring station as part of the EMSO European network.

This will be managed by INGV, with all DLTM partners being involved.

DLTM will receive €3 million in PAR FSC funds to build its new headquarters at the Polo Marittimo della Spezia, formerly the B. Falcomatà military hospital. This strategically located site will allow even closer networking with the Polo Universitario Marconi della Spezia, including shared research laboratories.

Scheduled completion: 2016/2017

Interregional cooperation program aimed at improving the effectiveness and development of regional and local policies in the fields of innovation and the knowledge economy, the environment, and risk prevention.

DLTM has established two partnerships to draw up two project proposals on the following themes:

  • Maritime industries, which will also affect SME competitiveness


DLTM is preparing a definition of the content of the project proposals, action plan, and partnership.

YSW - Yachts Single Windows

Scope: Shipbuilding and marine technologies

Duration: September 2012 - February 2016

The YSW Project focuses on pleasure boating safety and the use of information technology by the yachting sector. Its main objectives can be summarized as follows:

  • Design, prototyping, and laboratory and field testing of a next-generation pleasure-boating safety system.
  • Design, prototyping, and laboratory and field testing of next-generation information systems that add value for the yachting sector. The platform will also incorporate environmental sensors and detection apparatus for data collection purposes.



USV SWAD - Unmanned Surface Vehicle for Blue Water SWAD  

Scope: Naval defence and security technology

Duration: September 2012 - May 2016

The study aims to develop high-tech autonomous or crewed vehicles in line with the international expansion of this market. These will be fast, stable, and reliable, and able to operate ongoing blue-water missions under remote control. A technology demonstrator, together with local and remote portable control stations, will be used to verify the performance and operability of the system, and thus the feasibility of the project. This has the following main missions:

  • Patrol and escort
  • Discovery and deterrence of “pirate” vessels
  • Onboard navigation systems support, for targeting stabilisation and integration with environmental analysis equipment
  • Towing target simulators, and simulating fast targets
  • Rapid intervention for vessels that require assistance and/or protection



RIMA: Development of technology and software for an integrated Mediterranean marine and coastal environmental management forecasting system 

Scope: Environmental technologies

Duration: October 2012 - September 2016

The proposed project follows an analysis of the current marine operating systems, which are seen as misaligned with EC strategies and indicate the need for an integrated system of observation and forecasting. The RIMA project involves developing state-of-the-art software and hardware for forecast data management and access, and promoting improvements in technological development platforms. The aim of the project is also to demonstrate that the availability of real-time sea data and forecasts can help prevent environmental and infrastructural problems. The project's most urgent priorities could be:

  • Monitoring in line with European directives
  • Forecasting hydrocarbon spill movements, and producing pollutant dispersion maps for coastal/port zones




FluMarTurb: Fluid dynamics of turbine machinery for marine energy systems with low environmental impact

Scope: Shipbuilding and marine technologies

Duration: September 2015 - December 2016

Fluid dynamics of marine turbines, related to their increasing use and development in the naval field and in response to market demand for lower weight for the same power, greater efficiency, and reduced environmental impact. The research will follow three main routes:

  • Fluid dynamics of compact steam turbines for ship propulsion systems with low environmental impact
  • Fluid dynamics of centrifugal pumps for high performance and low environmental impact
  • Development of software for CFD analysis of seawater feed tanks and channels to pumping stations, and optimizing the geometry of pump inlet cells





PYXIS: Integral shaft for Military vessel system 

Scope: Naval defence and security technology

Duration: December 2012 - November 2016

Study of an integrated shaft (MAST) for military vessel systems aimed at reducing current conflicts between equipment (antennas and sensors), improving general performance by resolving numerous technical problems. The project will overcome the current compromise between equipment in favour of a more modern and competitive design approach, not based on compromise and in line with external strategies.

The main issues addressed will be:

  • Integration of the shaft into the platform (space, structural strength, electrical absorption, heat dissipation, fluid-dynamic compatibility of structure and gases)
  • Mutual electromagnetic interference
  • Compliance with electromagnetic signature (RCS) requirements
  • Electromechanical interference between shaft wiring and all other platform systems.




Technology cluster for military vessel

Scope: Naval defence and security systems, shipbuilding and marine technology

Duration: January 2012 - October 2015

Technology update in response to more restrictive functional requirements in overall complexity of the vessel design process. The study aims to improve functional requirements of naval vessels, focusing on critical technology areas:

  • Acoustic signature and induced noise on ship sensors
  • Magnetic signature, dynamic positioning
  • Modular cabins
  • Structural adhesion


The project aims to obtain competitive and advanced results in the context of the application.



Project C3ISR - Command, control, smart tactical communications, net-centred surveillance and recognition with capacity to integrate unmanned vessels (UXV)

Scope: Naval defence and security technology

Duration: September 2012 - December 2015

Concept-to-capability realisation of a net-centred operational tactical command and control system demonstrator to manage manned and unmanned entities (C3ISR: command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and recognition), and to validate these using simulators at opposing parties defined during the research.

Fields of research:

  • Development of ISR functional capacity
  • Development of net-centred functional command and control capacity
  • Development of specific features relating to communication and net-centricity
  • Modelling scenarios and developing operational demonstration environment


ProDifCon - Integrated military naval planning, defence and control

Scope: Naval defence and security technology

Duration: September 2012 - August 2015

The project brings together the ship and payload platforms, pursuing the Whole Warship concept in all phases of the unit's life:

  • From design - developing a new methodology that supports the critical phase of ship configuration definition
  • Through decision-making support - developing a prototype system to integrate the information available to the commander of the combat system and the platform
  • To operations, analysing a modern operating scenario (asymmetrical threat) in which naval units operate, and the interweaving of the platform and the combat system is extremely critical




Autonomous surface vehicle for ongoing monitoring of the marine environment


Scope: Shipbuilding, marine and environmental technologies

Duration: June 2012 - May 2015

The project provides for the development of a modular and expandable system of autonomous surface units, capable of launching and retrieving various autonomous to acquire environmental data for civil and military applications, in particular:

  • Finding and managing ordnance and/or drums of hazardous substances
  • Producing high-resolution bathymetric profiles
  • Integration of anti-intrusion and coastal surveillance systems


The vehicles will be designed and developed on the SWATH hull. They will be small, highly autonomous, and operationally efficient, to expand the area of sea that can be inspected and avoid related to spatial and temporal under-sampling.



Signed memorandum of understanding for a shared transformation towards a “smart community” or city, partly in view of the new financial opportunities offered by Community plans for 2014-2020.


Signed memorandum of understanding for a shared transformation towards a “smart community” or city, partly in view of the new financial opportunities offered by Community plans for 2014-2020. The aim of this protocol is to develop, in close synergy with local public and private stakeholders (CSSN, INGV, CNR, ENEA, DLTM, Promostudi La Spezia, Comune della Spezia, Autorità  Portuale della Spezia, Provincia della Spezia, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura della Spezia), a common programme of action to create a wide-area communications community in order to generate skills, high-tech, innovation, research, technology transfer, new forms of cooperation between companies and new public-private partnerships, to accelerate development and improve the region's attractiveness and quality of life.

These have led to the creation of five themed work schedules for each of the areas of interest identified for La Spezia, coordinated by the Comune di La Spezia and technical and methodological support by the Fondazione Torino Wireless, which won the contract.

Schedule 5 is devoted to innovation and marine technologies. Coordinated by the Port Authority of La Spezia, together with DLTM as team leader, the schedule will cover the following topics: technological innovation tied to new needs, as highlighted by the European Directive on Marine Strategy; short- and medium-range marine navigation; the implementation of mobility strategies in Italy; suitability of logistics to public need; recovery and conservation of nautical tradition; transmission of scientific and technological knowledge to future generations.

The objective is to introduce five projects to be carried out in the region, one of which could be funded by RL on the "City" axis of the new ERDF 14-20 programme, while the other four can be financed under European H2020 tenders.


torna all'inizio del contenuto