NTUA is the oldest (1836), largest and arguably the most prestigious Technical University in Greece. It is divided into 9 academic Schools, covering all major engineering specialisations, as well as engineering science. The School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is the youngest once in NTUA (1969) and claims today a top per capital research position within the University. Furthermore, being the only academic institution in Greece in its field, it serves all national needs in the naval architecture, marine and ocean engineering fields and can be considered as a National Research Centre. It counts today over 600 students, 35 doctoral candidates and a regular staff of 34, of which 25 are faculty members and therefore, is currently one of the largest and most active in Europe.
NTUA is participating in the project through the Shipbuilding Technology Laboratory (NTUA-STL, http://stl.naval.ntua.gr/) and the Laboratory for Maritime transport (NTUA-LMT, http://www.martrans.org).
NTUA-STL has a vast research experience in the field of materials science and technology, conventional and non-conventional manufacturing processes and surface treatments, welding technology, metallurgical characterisation of welded and treated materials, corrosion and wear behaviour of engineered surfaces, non-destructive testing, manufacturing technology and advanced materials for marine applications (including composites), composite-to-metal adhesive joints technology, as well as in the area of static and dynamic structural analysis and testing of marine structures. It is an organisation with close links to national and European Research Organisations and Industries on the basis of contracts and collaboration within funded research projects.
Following Greece’s rich maritime tradition, the NTUA-LMT is active in practically all areas of maritime transport R&D, having completed or being involved in projects in areas such as technology, management, economics, logistics, telematics, human aspects, environment and safety. It has also been involved in projects and studies with a substantial policy analysis element. Research projects in which NTUA-LMT participated include EC DG-TREN and DG-RTD projects ATOMOS, THAMES, ATOMOS II, SAFECO, SAFECO II, DISC, DISC II, PROSIT, ATOMOS IV, ADVANCES, THEMES, EVIMAR, TRAPIST, INTEGRATION, MARQUAL, MTCP, OSH, EU-MOP, FLAGSHIP, CHINOS and MOSES. NTUA-LMT has been the Coordinator of the Concerted Action on Shortsea Shipping (project SSS-CA), an FP4 DG-TREN umbrella project overseeing European R&D in Shortsea Shipping, ports, maritime logistics and intermodal transport, and in which 14 European countries participated (1995 to 2000). NTUA-LMT has also coordinated the FP6 DG-RTD project EU-MOP on oil spill response (2005-2008) and the very successful FP7 DG-TREN project SUPERGREEN on benchmarking green corridors in the EU. Other projects include one form Det Norske Veritas on effective bulk transport (with an emphasis on green logistics), from Hellenic Chamber of Shipping on ship air emissions, the American Bureau of Shipping on modelling environmental performance of ships, the NOL Fellowship programme (Singapore) on container logistics, and most recently The Lloyds Register Educational Trust, in the context of the Centre of Excellence in Total Ship Energy-Emissions-Economy (2010-2015). NTUA-LMT participates in the TEN-T funded studies TRAINMOS, TRAINMOS II, MONA LISA 2.0, the GGSRT funded project of ECOMARINE as well as the FP7 project CYCLADES and LEANWIND. Finally, NTUA-LMT has received a Lloyds List Greek Shipping award twice in 2008 and 2010.