The COLUMBUS Consortium is made up of 25 Partners across 14 countries and has been specifically designed to address the call topic and achieve the intended impacts. The Consortium is a balanced, multidisciplinary partnership, containing Pan-European organisations which represent a broad constituency of stakeholders in the marine and maritime areas.

COLUMBUS brings together a new extended multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary, transnational partnership with the experience, strategic positioning and track record in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve the ambitious impacts of the call topic. Understanding that strategic changes are needed in how the marine and maritime community interact and collaborate for mutual benefit, the partnership has been constructed to represent all aspects of the research lifecycle (funding bodies, researchers, communications experts and end-users) and all regional sea basins in Europe.

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology has a national responsibility for graduate engineering education. Ocean science and technology is one of the four strategic research areas of the university. With its broad range of expertise and through combining natural science, marine engineering, humanities and social science in a holistic approach, NTNU encourages the creation of technological solutions for future marine based industries. The Dept of Marine Technology offers expertise on maritime transport systems, offshore oil and gas installations, offshore energy production systems, marine hydrodynamics and marine control engineering.

Contact person: Bernt Leira



Providing support to Competence Node for Maritime Transport & Logistics and Marine Physical Resources. Participating across project in Work Packages 2 to 6. 

Profile of staff engaged in the project:

bernt leiraProf. Bernt J. Leira is professor in Marine Technology, holding a PhD degree in Marine Structures. He has co-authored more than 200 conference and journal papers, and his research interests include marine environment and load modelling, structural reliability analysis, stochastic dynamic response and Finite Element Methods. Areas of application comprise e.g. marine aquaculture, renewable marine energy, floating production systems, risers and mooring lines as well as bottom-fixed platforms.


steinProf Stein Ove Erikstad is a Professor and head of the Marine Systems research group at the NTNU Dept of Marine Technology. He has worked at Computas Expert Systems, The Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK), and Det Norske Veritas (DNV). He is also the co-founder of the marine industry consulting company proNavis (now DNV proNavis). He was a visiting research scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ESD´s Systems Engineering Advancement research initiative (SEAri), from August 2012 to July 2013. Prof. Erikstad´s research interests are in the areas of complex marine systems design, applied to ship transport, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture and offshore energy. This includes ship and logistics systems optimization, arctic transport, modular platforms and risk-based design.



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