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PROMERC

PROMERC aims to reduce the vulnerability of EU merchant fleets and maritime supply lines to criminal abduction and extortion and thereby reduce risk to mariners, shipping, and the environment, while also reducing costs.
Uniresearch Role

Uniresearch was requested by the coordinator MARSS to write and compile the grant application. After approval of the project, Uniresearch was responsible for project management tasks (planning, progress monitoring, control and administrative affairs) and dissemination and exploitation tasks.

Team
Cor van der Zweep
Director COO - Senior Grant Consultant
Wieteke van Balen
Project Support
Jaap Struijk
Director CTO
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PROMERC

The overall goal of the PROMERC project is to reduce the vulnerability of European Union (EU) merchant fleets and maritime supply lines to criminal abduction and extortion and thereby reduce risk to mariners, shipping, and the environment, while also reducing costs and remaining cognisant of legal and social constraints. This will be delivered through the provision of the following tangible project results:

  1. Independent review and recommendations about non-lethal technologies for pirate avoidance and opposing the boarding of vessels by pirates.
  2. A Knowledge base and manual to aid in the selection and use of appropriate counter piracy measures in a layered holistic defence. This will provide a powerful planning tool, which will also provide a practical guide to the active and passive counter measures to counter pirate threats, their operational effectiveness, cost-benefits and their legal, economic and societal implications.
  3. An automated voyage planning support tool to aid shore based authorities, which will balance routeing to mitigate risk against incurring additional fuel costs due to re-routeing and increased speed. (A prototype will be available for use by end-users).
  4. An automated decision support tool to provide seafarers with real time threat assessment, evaluation of possible courses of action and a recommended course of action and for use by shore based authorities as a training aid. (A prototype will be available for training of capabilities and use by end-users). Recommendations on the further development of counter piracy measures.
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Facts & Figures
  • Acronym: PROMERC
  • Full name:Protection Measures for Merchant Ships
  • Start date: 1 March 2014
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Total budget: 3.13 M€
  • EC Funding: 2.22 M€
  • EC contract number: 607685

The project consortium consists of 16 partners from eight (8) EU countries.