An important difference between shipping and other forms of freight transport is that sailing personnel live for longer periods on their ship. As a result, these people might also be exposed to air pollution sources (for example: exhaust gases, cargo vapours, pollution originating from harbours) during their free time. For example, for inland shipping it is common that children sail along during holidays. Unfortunately, we have insufficient knowledge about the indoor air quality in the accommodations of ships.


A joint team of the Antwerp Maritime Academy, KdG University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and VITO aims to evaluate the health risks of sailing personnel in the living areas on board of ships. To realize that ambition, the ELGAS-project will realize the following objectives.

Main deliverables

The ELGAS-project will result in several important deliverables: