Joint Industry Project



MARIN and TNO will study in detail how jerk is experienced onboard by passengers and to understand if jerk represents a degradation of comfort.


The proposed scope of work covers only partly the wide range of possible effects of jerk on passengers. Other aspects like fatigue and seasickness, although important and for sure demanding investigation and deeper knowledge, are at the moment not part of the presented scope. It is believed however that this proposal represents a fundamental starting point for gathering important knowledge on jerk. Upon sufficient interest and feedbacks from the industry, the presented scope of work can be extended to cover also different aspects. A more extended scope of work might be organised on a longer time frame and in terms of facultative work packages that each participant can decide to join.


If a sufficient number of parties will show interest, a concrete scope of work proposal will be prepared and presented to all participants. Depending on the number and on the feedbacks of participants, the extension of the scope might vary and a list of work packages might be defined. Throughout the JIP, MARIN/TNO will act as Project Manager and Coordinator for all participants. The JIP itself will be managed in a democratic manner, with all participants having an equal vote. A set of project milestones will be defined. MARIN/TNO will organise several general meetings with the complete JIP group to discuss the results and set the overall course for the project. All participants will have exclusive access to the project deliverables through a confidential project server. The project findings will be kept confidential within the JIP group for a certain period of time as to be defined by the group. Any information will only be released into the public domain (e.g. conference papers) upon approval of the JIP group.


The proposed Joint Industry Project is open for all interested parties. In view of the challenges to be addressed, the project is expected to be of most interest to:
  • Passenger vessel designers (yachts, cruises, ferries,…)
  • Working vessels where performances of the workers are of importance (navy, research vessels, maintenance vessels,…)
  • Shipyards
  • Ship owners
  • Classification societies
  • Roll stabilisers providers


The project is envisaged to run for about 1.5 years. The approximate time frame for the main milestones is as follows:
  • Gathering of participants, collection of feedbacks and final project proposal: Q3 – Q4 2019
  • Project kick-off: Q1 2020
  • Tests on moving platform (execution and analysis): Q2 to Q3 2020
  • Definition of an analysis strategy for jerk: Q1 to Q3 2020
  • Presentation of final results and reporting: Q4 2020 – Q1 2021
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