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Design & Operation of Container Ships

5 April 2017, London, UK 

Container ships have been described as the “workhorses of a global economy”. Over the last decade the increase in world trade, and the ship operator’s quest for greater economy of scale, has resulted in a massive increase in the size of container ships. The current overcapacity and the slow and uneven recovery from the 2008-09 financial crises have resulted in declining global container shipping freight rates.

Has the race for even bigger container ships come to an end? The potential saving from building ever Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) may be overstated.  It has been calculated that approximately 60% of the cost savings of the most recent vessels are related to reduced service speeds and more efficient engines, not scale. These mega-ships can impose significant costs on port infrastructure; cranage, quays, dredging, port road and rail traffic, which may well outweigh their potential cost savings. The earning power of these mega ships also crucially depends upon the extent to which they are being filled.

The deployment of these new mega containerships also causes a cascading effect with a lot of still young vessels in the range of 8,000 – 10,000 TEU being transferred into secondary and tertiary trade routes trades where they again can supersede even smaller vessels. With the Panama Canal expansion complete how quickly will the old Panamax container ship (beams less than 32.3m) be phased out of service? These changes are also creating the need for different more fuel efficient types of feeder vessels customized for specific trade routes including shallow draught, narrow up-river ports, ice conditions or Emission Control Areas (ECAs).

Conference Content

The problem for the ship owner, shipbuilder and designer is to create optimal designs that will deliver flexibility and performance throughout the ships operational life. RINA invites papers on all related topics of container ship design and operation, including:

  • Designs achieve competitive performance over a range of operational conditions
  • Increasing container capacity within existing vessels dimensions
  • Vessels more able to cope with variable container loading conditions
  • Innovative feeder container ship designs
  • Container stowage, loads and handling
  • Hull and propulsion performance
  • Structural loads and design
  • Vessel intact and damage stability

Selected papers may be published in the Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Submit an Abstract or Register Your Interest

Click here to register your interest in the Design & Operation of Container Ships 2017 Conference and receive updates as they become available.

Click here to download a copy of the call for papers.

If you wish to submit an abstract, please send a paper title, brief summary (no more than 250 words) of what the proposed paper would be about and your contact details via the link above, by email directly to or fax to +44(0) 20 7259 5912. The deadline submission for abstracts is 16th December 2016.

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 22/03/2017     After 22/03/2017
RINA members         £300+VAT = £360          £350+VAT = £420
Non-members        £350+VAT = £420      £400+VAT = £480
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £175+VAT = £210            £175+VAT = £210
Principcal Author        £125+VAT = £150      £125+VAT = £150
Additional Author         £300+VAT = £360      £300+VAT = £360

Register by 22nd March 2017 and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

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.

Additional copies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale (members £115 and non-members £135) after the event. If you would like to order a copy, contact the Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at 

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.


Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any conference or course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. 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.


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