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Design & Operation of Ferries & Ro-Pax Vessels 2016

25-26 May 2016, London, UK  Register Now

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The last 10 years have seen a steady continued growth in the passenger ferry and Ro-Pax market, with particularly strong growth in passenger numbers. Despite the recent freight market downturn there is political pressure, particularly in Europe, to move more road traffic to intermodal maritime based logistics chain the so called “motorways of the sea” but these vessels are often still in competing with fixed links (tunnels & bridges) and the budget airlines.

The introduction of the existing and possible future Emission Control Area’s (ECA’s) is having a major impact on ferries and Ro-Pax vessels. These vessels need to take full advantage of technical innovations to improve fuel efficiency, stricter exhaust emission limits, environment performance, reduced maintenance, improved reliability and safety.

Modern roll-on roll-off passenger ferries have to be a flexible design able to cope with varying mixes of freight and passenger cars depending upon the route and season. To maximise their operational efficiency the on-board equipment need to be able to be swiftly adjusted to suit changes in cargo mix to provide efficient use of the cargo space and allow the cargo and passengers to be loading and discharged in the minimum amount of time.  

Similarly, the accommodation space has to be a compromise between number and mix of cabins types, size of seating areas, retail, catering, and entertainment space. While the freight drivers may have more functional demands the car passenger may have more luxurious expectation. All these requirements will be effected by route and season.

Passenger ferries and Ro-Pax vessels tend to have long service lives often involving moving around routes and changes of operators. Many will undergo modernised or convert during their lifetime to match new market needs.

  • More efficient hull design
  • Improved seakeeping and manoeuvrability
  • Propulsion systems; low sulphur fuels, dual fuel. LNG, code ironing, reduced emissions, etc.
  • Contemporary interior designs and on-board passenger facilities
  • Port vessel interface
  • Conversion and upgrading existing vessels

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.

Submit an Abstract or Register Your Interest

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Sponsorship & Exhibtors

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 John Payten (RINA Group Sales Director) Tel: +44(0)20 7235 4622 Ext 400 or e-mail: to discuss tailored options or availability.


Click here to download a copy of the conference brochure to see the full programme of papers.

Selected papers include:

  • ON-BOARD MEASUREMENTS FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF ENERGY BALANCE AND EXHAUST GAS EMISSIONS OF A STATE-OF-THE-ART RO-PAX FERRY, Christoph Thiem,  Günter Ackermann, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) , Germany,Felix Michaelis, Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG), Germany
  • FITTING SCRUBBERS TO THE COMMODORE CLIPPER AND GOODWILL, David Edwards,  Samuel Clements,  Houlder Limited, UK
  • AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM FOR DAMAGE STABILITY ENHANCEMENT, Dracos Vassalos, Evangelos Boulougouris, John Liggat, John Cullen, Donald Patterson, University of Strathclyde, UK, Gillian Brown and Markku Kanerva, Consultant

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT) By 26/04/2016 After 26/04/2016
RINA members £625+VAT = £750 £725+VAT = £870
Non-members £725+VAT = £870 £825+VAT = £990
Concessions (retired/students, etc) £320+VAT = £384 £320+VAT = £384
Principcal Author £130+VAT = £156 £130+VAT = £156
Additional Author £625+VAT = £750 £625+VAT = £750

Register by 26th April 2016 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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The course will be held at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 
RINA HQ, 8 -9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA, UK.





The nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment

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 Club Quarters

Club Quarters

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  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.

Hotels Combined

The RINA conference department does not get involved with booking delegate accommodation, however, if you need any accommodation during your stay in London,, 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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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 John Payten (RINA Group Sales Director) Tel: +44(0)20 7235 4622 Ext 400 or e-mail:  to discuss tailored options or availability.

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