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Palfinger August 2022

Damaged Ship IV

16-17 May 2018, London, UK


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Recent incidents at sea have shown that investigations and understanding of the behaviour of damaged ships are as important as ever. Significant progress has been made over the last 10 years but there still remain numerous scientific and practical challenges.

After any major accident it is imperative to rapidly quantify the damage, assess damage stability and the residual strength of a vessel. Damage stability appraisal must also consider the likelihood of progressive flooding, the effect of the mass and motion of flood water within the vessel, capsizing probability and effect of waves on stability. There is a need to consider both the global strength capability of the ship structure and the local residual strength of damaged and buckled plating and the effect of flooding on internal structure.

Following on from the successes of previous RINA Damaged Ship conferences; this event will focus on the assessment and analysis of stability, strength, sea worthiness of a ship damaged by collision, grounding, structural failure, fire or explosion. It will also consider procedures to minimise risks for passengers, crew, ship, and environment and to develop safe countermeasures including sequences for transferring crew, offloading cargo, and ballast water, for salvage operations.

Conference Programme

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Papers to be presented include:

  • SOLAS 2020 Passenger and Cargo Ship Damage Stability Regulations by Keith W HutchinsonBabcock International Group - Energy and Marine Technology, UK, Andrew L ScottMaritime and Coastguard Agency, UK
  • Calculating raking damage extent  from decelerations measured during a grounding incident by Alex W. Vredeveldt, Martijn G Hoogeland, TNO, Netherlands, Liza C van Kempen, TU-Delft, Netherlands
  • A Risk Profile for Escorted Tankers and Their Resistance to Collision Damage by Robert G Allan, Robert Allan Ltd, Canada, Ian Braidwood, Ian Braidwood Consulting Ltd, Canada

  • The Damage Stability Calculations Evolution From the CAD Point of View by Rodrigo Pérez, SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, Spain
  • Evaluation of Residual Ship Structural Integrity Following Damage Using Whole Ship Finite Element Analysis by Kevin F Stone, Stone Naval Consulting, USA, Tobin R McNatt, MAESTRO Marine, USA, Nick Danese, NDAR, France
  • Have the benefits of Emergency Response Services been overlooked for dry cargo ships? by David Prentice, Lloyd's Register, UK
  • Challenges in Hydrostatic Modelling of a Casualty Sinking Sequence by Baiqian Jiang, Paris Mangriotis, Simon Pollard, London Offshore Consultants, UK


Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 17/04/2018     After 17/04/2018
RINA members         £650+VAT = £780          £750+VAT = £900
Non-members        £750+VAT = £900      £850+VAT = £1020
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £335+VAT = £402            £335+VAT = £402
Principal Author        £140+VAT = £168      £140+VAT = £168
Additional Author         £650+VAT = £780      £650+VAT = £780

Register by 17th April 2018 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 £120 and non-members £140) 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.

8-9 Northumberland StreetConference Venue

The Damaged Ship IV conference will be held at the Institution's Headquarters.

8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK

Delegates may take advantage of the Institution's membership to stay at Club Quarters, less than one minute's walk from Headquarters 

Click for details of Headquarters and Club Quarters .

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 RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

Previous Damage Ship Conferences

RINA organises a successful series of Damage Ship Warship conference, click on the links below to see a list of papers presented at some of these conferences and to find prices to purchase copiers:

RINA membership

Teinbridge Propeller

Euronaval Apr - Oct 2022

Herbert Engineering

Uni Stratchclyde June 2021

Metstrade May 2022