Development of risk-based methodology for 'live' flooding risk assessment and and containment.


The FLARE consortium comprises key stakeholders from industry, academia and policymakers, involved in ship flooding risk research as a Group for over twenty years (HARDER, SAFEDOR, GOALDS, EMSA III, eSafe), the latter three focussing on passenger ships. This offers a unique knowledge base and capability to support targeted new developments and expedite implementation. The overall budget for this collaborative project is €9.37M with a maximum European Grant of €9.37M.


Develop a Risk-Based methodology for 'live' flooding risk assessment and and containment in line with IMO high level goals.

To be achieved by:

  • Creating an updated accident database for passenger ships and damages. Using this with support from suitably verified flooding simulation tools to develop a generic risk model for flooding incidents, accounting for collision and grounding with focus on cost-effective risk containment in emergencies.
  • Ensuring the risk model is generic (all incidents in one model), holistic (active and passive measures) with potential application to newbuildings and existing ships.
  • A risk-aware approach post-flooding incidents from susceptibility to flooding to emergency response, including mustering and abandonment in extreme flooding scenarios.
  • Innovative technical solutions at TRL5 in ship concepts and equipment targeting risk containment, including: crashworthiness; minimising the risk from WT doors; use of highly expandable foam post-incident; decision support for crisis management.
  • Developing a proposal for the revision of relevant IMO regulations towards a risk-based approach to contain and control risk in passenger ships from flooding incidents.

Work packages:

  • WP1 Project Management (BAL)
  • WP2 Initial Data Collection, Collation, Analysis and Management (MW)
  • WP3 Damage Accident Modelling beyond current statistics (AALTO)
  • WP4 Numerical Simulations and Verification (MARIN)
  • WP5 Flooding Risk Model (MSRC)
  • WP6 Mitigation of Flood Risk (NAPA)
  • WP7 Risk-Based Design Demonstrators (FC)
  • WP8 IMO recommendations for a risk based regulatory framework (DNVGL)
  • WP9 Dissemination and Exploitation (SEAE)
  • WP10 Ethics requirements (BAL)


Classification societies:

  • Lloyd's Register, United Kingdom
  • Bureau Veritas (BV), France
  • DnV GL As (DNVGL), Norway
  • Rina Services Spa (RINA), Genova


  • Balance Technology Consulting Gmbh (BAL), Germany
  • Brookes Bell LLP (BROO), United Kingdom
  • Carnival Plc (CAR), United Kingdom
  • Color Line Marine AS (COL), Norway
  • Fincantieri Spa (FC), Italy
  • Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt Gmbh (HSVA), Germany,
  • Association de Gestion de L'institut Catholique d Arts Et Metiers De Nantes (LCAM), France
  • Maritiem Research Instituut Nederland (MARIN), Netherlands
  • Meyer Werft Papenburg Gmbh & Co Kg (MW), Germany
  • Meyer Turku OY (MT), Finland
  • Napa OY (NAPA), Finland
  • Shipyards and Maritime Equipment Association of Europe (SEAE), Belgium,
  • Chantiers De L'Atlantique (CDA), France
  • Rcl Cruises Ltd (RCCL), United Kingdom
  • Stena Rederi AB (STENA), Sweden

Universities, Research and Technology Centres:

  • University of Strathclyde (MSRC), Glasgow
  • Aalto Korkeakoulusaatio SR (AALTO), Finland


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814753