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Power & Propulsion Alternatives for Ships

europort2017 payoff CMYK incl-date-NEW8 November 2017, Rotterdam   

RINA is a Europort Rotterdam Conference Partner

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The current use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources within the shipping industry is still relatively low. Growing environmental legislation and concerns are driving the need to develop and apply innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships. The industry must embrace the challenger of designing cleaner lower carbon emission ship. This conference seeks to investigate some of these alternatives..

Conference Programme

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Papers to be presented include:

  • Current & Future Scale Limitations for Alternative Marine Power & Propulsion Solutions - Jan-Erik Räsänen, Head of New Technology, Foreship Ltd
  • Commercial Wind Propulsion Solutions: Putting the ‘Sail’ Back Into Sailing - Gavin Allwright, Secretary, International Windship Association (IWSA), UK
  • Norsepower Rotor Sails – Efficient and Reliable Auxiliary Wind Propulsion for Ships - Jukka Kuuskoski, Norsepower Oy Ltd, Finland
  • Influence Analysis of the Wingsail System Configuration on the Technical Performances and Financial Return of the Technology on Sail-Assisted Vessels  - D. Ferrer , M. Mantilla, A. García, F. Saenz, J. Miguel Bermúdez, C. Aleixendri, N. Ferrés
  • Wind Powered Vessels with Hybrid and Autonomous Technologies - Ken Goh, Knud E. Hansen, Australia
  • Reduce European Port and Shipping Emissions - 3 Step Process - TBC, PBES, Canada
  • Replacement of a Diesel Generator with a Containerised Battery System on-Board a Containership - Petros Menegakis, I. Dimakopoulos, G. Panagoulias, S. Gkinis and N. Lampris, Newcastle University
  • Wind Assisted Ships Design Exploration and Operational Constraints - R Eggers,  G Gaillarde,  Maritime Research Institute Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • LNG Powered Dry Bulk Carrier - A. Trakakis, Arista Shipping, GR; M. Ioannou, M. Penfold and E. Kariambas, American Bureau of Shipping, GR and UK; D. Antonopoulos, Wärtsilä
  • Role of Rim Driven Propulsors in Future Electric Ships - Steven Fletcher, Senior Engineer, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd, UK
  • Hybrid Energy and Propulsion System for Vessels in Timetable Operation - Martin Einsiedler, SHIPTEC AG, Switzerland
  • Design-side Innovation to Minimize the Environmental Footprint of a Ro/Pax Ferry -  Donald MacPherson, Technical Director, HydroComp, Inc., USA and Ioannis Bakas, Special Projects Manager, NAP Engineering P.C., Greece

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee              By 08/10/2017                       After 08/10/2017

RINA members

        €350+BTW=€423.50           €400+BTW=€484.00


        €400+BTW=€484.00           €450+BTW=€544.50

Concessions (retired/students, etc)

        €200+BTW=€242.00           €200+BTW=€242.00

Principal Author

        €130+BTW=€157.30           €130+BTW=€157.30

Additional Author 

        €350+BTW=€423.50           €350+BTW=€423.50

Register by 8th October and save money - Early Bird Registration fees

The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments and a CD-ROM of the papers and presentations after the conference. The CD-ROM will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.

Additional copies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale (members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy, our Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at 

Tax - BTW

Under Dutch Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay BTW on any conference or course taking place in The Netherlands.

Please note companies with a valid Dutch BTW registered number will not be changed BTW on delegate fees. Delegates from outside The Netherlands may be entitled to reclaim this BTW.

Registration and Payment methods

1: Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and to be sent invoice for payment via bank transfer or cheque

Payments must be made in sterling by Eurocheque, cheque drawn on a bank with a UK branch address or sterling bank transfer. Please note that RINA requires payment before the conference date.

Click here to Download the full PDF version of the conference brochure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of €200+BTW. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

VenueDock 6 Congress Centre Ahoy Rotterdam

Europort Exhibition, Dock 5/6 on the 3rd floor of the Ahoy Congress Centre
Ahoy-weg 10
3084 BA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Europort is the international maritime meeting place for innovative technology and complex shipbuilding. Europort has a strong focus on special purpose ships including offshore vessels, dredging vessels, construction vessels, naval vessels, workboats, inland vessels, fishery vessels and super yachts. With almost 30,000 professional visitors and 1100 exhibiting companies. More information about Europort....

Ahoy is easy to reach by Public Transport. At Rotterdam Central Station, take the subway direction De Akkers (Line D) or direction Slinge (Line E). Get off at the stop Zuidplein (in front of Ahoy Rotterdam). From here, it will take you approximately 5 minutes to walk to Ahoy. Please check and/or for the timetable of NS and subway in Rotterdam.

Keep in mind that a public transport chip card is mandatory for the Rotterdam Metro. A disposable card can easily be bought on Rotterdam Central Station at the entrance to the metro. It is also possible to order a chip card on forehand through the web shop on Here you can also find more information on travelling with the “OV-chipkaart.

If you are traveling by taxi, you can find the taxi stand at the entrance / exit of Hall 8. You do not need to call taxis yourself if you're leaving, Ahoy Rotterdam ensures enough taxis.

There is a guest paying car part at Ahoy but during 'Europort' parking space cannot be guarenteed. A free shuttle service to other parking areas is available

Europort Cruise PartySS-Rotterdam

After the Europort exhibition closes on the evening of Wednesday 8 November, business can still continue on the magnificently renovated SS Rotterdam. The Europort Cruise Party provides an opportunity to invite your business relations and meet industry friends, while enjoying good food and drinks, overlooking the river Maas and the Rotterdam skyline. Shuttle buses will be available after the exhibition closes to transfer visitors and exhibitors. Buy your tickets here.

Sponsorship & Exhibitors

RINA events provide the perfect opportunity for effective and highly targeted marketing. Sponsorship  and exhibition opportunities exist for all of our conferences. For more information please follow the link or contact JP Media Services Tel: +44(0)1737 852 135 or e-mail: to discuss tailored options or availability.

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Attendance at the Power & Propulsion Alternative for Ships conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

Wind Powered or Wind Assisted

Merchant sailing ship technology reached its technical peak in 1840’s but even as recently as 1960s there were still large sailing cargo vessels operating efficiently around the European coast waters. There was renewed interest in wind powered ships in the 1980’s, due to the 1970’s oil crisis. Recently there has been a reintroduction of a few small scale commercial freight operations using sail power, although these are generally based on 19th century technology and run by keen enthusiasts.

Wind power alone is unlikely to be able to offer the “power density” necessary to replace a 50MW large 2 stroke marine diesel engine. There may also be issues with reliability and predictability of wind power on some of the more arduous trade routes. So wind power may not provide a universal solution for the shipping industry but it does seem to offer the greatest potential for double digit fuel saving. There have been numerous concept designs and even a few notable full scale prototype trials for wind powered and wind assisted motor vessels.  There are plenty of existing technologies including; Flettner rotors, WingSail, DynaRigs, kites, etc. The challenge may not necessarily be developing new technologies but evolving and adapting these existing technologies to overcome the shipping industries commercial, technical and regulatory challenges.

Alternative & renewable fuels

LNG is currently the most heavily promoted alternative fuel source but is still only used on a relatively small numbers of niche or specialised vessels. In March 2015, Stena Line launched the world’s first methanol powered ferry. The Kawasaki Heavy industry is designing liquid hydrogen carriers that will also use the hydrogen as fuel.

Sustainable or renewable biofuels are also currently used on a very small number of vessels. They are biodegradable, non-toxic, and essentially free of sulphur and aromatics. However, there can be issues with long term storage related to unstable fuel quality and micro biological growth, water content leading to acidity, flow degradation a low temperature and currently they have a higher production cost than fossil fuels. There is also the possibility of using blended diesel oil and biofuels.

Many of the engine manufactures are providing dual fuel technology, which can use both conventional and alternative fuels. All these fuels all have issues with bunker availability and lack of established wide spread distribution networks.

All electric and hybrid electric

Electric boats mainly for use on canal, river and lake were very popular from the 1880s and even today there are a number of commercially available electric powered leisure craft.  Ampere the world's first electrical car and passenger ferry powered by batteries has recently entered service in Norway. Build by Fjellstrand the ferry is 80 meters long and 20 meters wide and equipped by Siemens. With three battery packs, one on board and one at each pier, it functions emission free. These systems rely on either mains charged batteries, solar panels or wind turbines.

Diesel-electric propulsion is used on a number of different types of vessels that have large variable design loads such as warships, offshore, tugs, dredgers, icebreakers, etc. They can offer advantages of higher efficiency, reduced noise & vibration, greater redundancy and flexibility of layout but will have higher initial costs. Hybrid diesel-electric systems can offer efficiency improvement by running the engines on optimal load and absorbing many of the load fluctuations through batteries. The system is designed and integrated to optimise the overall operation of the vessel using battery power to help cover the vessels peak load or during specific parts of the vessels voyage. There is considerable ongoing research and development work being undertaken on battery technology.


There have been significant advances in terms of development of more effective lightweight solar panels suitable of the marine environment Combined solar power plus batteries have been used successfully for a number of small commercial vessels. However, solar panels alone are unable to provide the levels of energy need for the propulsion of a large ship. It can be used as an important alternative source for onboard electrical systems thereby helping to reduce the vessels overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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