ISTInstituto  Superior  Tecnico  (IST)  is  the  Engineering  School  of the  Technical  University  of  Lisbon,  which  is  committed  to education  and  research  in  various  areas  of  engineering  and technology. It has an academic staff of approximately 800, about 10,000  undergraduate  students  and  1000  PhD  students. The Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering (CENTEC) is the Research  Centre of Instituto Superior Técnico that will be participating  in this  project.  CENTEC  has  total research  personnel of 80, organised in four groups: Marine invironment,  Marine  Dynamics  and  Hydrodynamics,  Marine  Structures,  and  Safety, Reliability and Maintainability. Amongst these, there are 33 persons at PhD level, about half of which are academics. This Centre has been involved in about 50 European projects.