Smart Ships Technology 2016
26 - 27 January 2016, London
With the rapid increase in computing power and communication technology, what will be the full impact of the digital age on ship design? Is the shipping industry going to benefit from the “big data” revolution? What are the real technical possibilities, limits and potential benefits for the shipping industry?
Vessels are becoming ever more complex, fitted with an increasing range of sensors and monitoring equipment. While this is massively increasing the amount of data available can all this be turned into a truly integrated real time monitoring and control system? Can we develop real time ship performance models; schedule vessels to arrive in port just-in-time for berth availability while minimising fuel consumption during the voyage; quantify actual effect of hull or propeller fouling on fuel consumption; provide operators with advance warning on potential system or component failures and order the necessary replacement parts to be delivered at the appropriate time and place; provide real time emergency decision making support?
Not only must the data be collected, processed and analysed but it has to be presented in a way that will be both meaningful and helpful to the end users. Initially, these types of systems may be used to provide the crew and shore based staff with better decision support systems, but will vessels ever be remotely operated from onshore control centres or even become truly autonomous? It’s technically possible to design and build such vessels and there would be significant potential weight and fuel savings to be made on an unmanned ship but what are the safety implications?
To further investigate the potential of smart and autonomous vessels papers are invited from designers, operators, researchers, builders, class societies and regulatory bodies, on all related topics, including:
Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.
Selected papers include:
Registration and Payment
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The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments, drinks reception, a CD-ROM of the papers and presentations after the conference, and VAT. The CD-ROM will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.
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The conference will be held at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Headquarters, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA.
The nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment
Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue less than one minute’s walk from RINA Headquarters.
The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members. An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69).
Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.
Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at http://clubquarters.com/royal-institution-naval-architects using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.
Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800
Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.
The RINA conference department does not get involved with booking delegate accommodation, however, if you need any accommodation during your stay in London, www.HotelsCombined.com, the worlds largest hotel price comparison website, is offering support to participants of this conference. An exclusive 10% rebate is given to hotels booked via their website for all attendees.
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Attendance at Smart Ships qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate