The present paper introduces the HOLISHIP approach to ship design and demonstrates a subset of its functionality by brief presentations of several case studies. HOLISHIP is the joint effort of 40 European maritime RTD stakeholders, funded by the Horizon 2020 EU framework (www.holiship.eu). It sets out to substantially advance ship design and to develop vessel concepts for the 21st century. The project implements an innovative, holistic approach to ship design by the development of integrated design software platforms, while considering all major ship design aspects, namely building cost, energy efficiency, safety, environmental compatibility and life-cycle cost.
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