SAS – Safe Shipping

SAS- Safe Shipping

This project addresses challenges posed by marine disasters caused by ships when there is an accident that results in oil spills and destruction of coastline and sea life. Oil spill prevention research is of primary interest to the US Department of the Interior, especially after events such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, the subsequent enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. As the oceans’ fisheries, biodiversity and other marine resources decrease, preventing oil spills is a major economic issue affecting coastline communities, offshore and natural gas development, many commercial enterprises and the public.


The project will develop a computational data to knowledge system for Safe Shipping, called SAS, that collects, analyzes and fuses historical and real time maritime data to gain knowledge regarding risks that may arise from dangerous maritime ship behavior and from high-sensitivity areas in terms of marine and human life. A ship and a location risk assessment model will be developed during a ship’s route. SAS will generate recommendations for safer routes, emergency preparation and policy enforcement. It can later be implemented to a apply to real world situations for end users such as captains ship owners, the coast guard, coastline inhabitants, environmentalists, marine conservation experts, policy decision makers, and others.



Participating Institutions


  • The University of Texas Arlington, USA
  • Texas A&M University, USA
  • University of Piraeus, Greece
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece-
  • Archipelagos – Institute of Marine Conservation, Greece
  • National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos , Greece