Building the engine room of the future together


With the ZERO JIP we prepare ourselves, as maritime sector, for the challenges we will face in the maritime energy transition. The objective is to design, build and test a prototype ‘Engine Room of the Future’ to ensure reliable future operations in realistic conditions.


The energy transition and decarbonisation of the maritime sector is well underway. New (IMO and other) regulations will transform ship propulsion to carbon neutral and ultimately zero emission operations. This creates business opportunities, but is also very challenging. It raises many questions and uncertainties. Given the relatively long life cycle of ships, upcoming choices for ship owners, shipyards and naval architects are difficult to make. What will be the fuels of the next decade, how energy will be stored on board, distributed and managed, which power system will impose itself and fulfil the ambitions, which bunkering will be available in most harbours? MARIN is proposing the ZERO JIP to prepare ourselves as maritime sector for these questions together.

The participation fee is 50k Euro and 30k Euro for SME. With 1M Euro TKI investment we aim for a total budget of 2M Euro with 20 participants. There is no limit to the number of participants.

The first informative meeting was organised in March 2020 showing the highligths of the ZERO JIP initiative. The presentations can be found here. The project kicked off October 2020 and will have a duration of 3 years.

So far the following companies and organisations participate: Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), the Dutch National Shipping Organisation (Rijksrederij), Royal Boskalis Westminster, Bureau Veritas, DAMEN, MTU Rolls-Royce, Sanlorenzo, Oceanco, Royal IHC, Port of Rotterdam, Navantia, Vale, Jumbo Shipping, Multi Engineering, Pon Power (including RH Marine and Bakker Sliedrecht), ENGIE, Mauric, Sea Green Engineering, Wärtsilä, Conoco Phillips and MARIN.

MARIN provides services for the specification, concept design and testing of new Power Propulsion and Energy systems. The focus is on the capabilities, functioning, performance, reliability and safety of these integrated systems. If and how the building groups of the systems fit in the bunker and machinery spaces of future ships is part of the concept design service. Our knowledge on hydrodynamics is utilised by incorporating the interaction of the ships external dynamics in the power, propulsion and energy systems. For testing of capabilities, functioning and performances of the systems MARIN has a fully equipped Zero Emission Laboratory and a digital twin for performing full integrated system simulations.


The ZERO JIP kicked off October 2020 but new participants are still welcome to join. Read the leaflet or contact Christian Veldhuis,


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Christian Veldhuis

Team Leader Ships - Simulation & Development | Senior Project Manager | Research coordinator Zero Emission Shipping

MARIN ZERO JIP participants

use cases

We defined 8 Use Cases with corresponding operational sailing conditions. For every Use Case we defined a specific design challenge that sets the desired emission reduction level in relation to its operational capabilities.
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