Historic Ships 2016
7-8 December 2016 Register Now
From the trader junks of China to the battleships of WW2, historic ships are an important link to our seafaring past. And as the skills and techniques used to construct and operate our historic ships fade out of living memory, now is an important time to highlight the struggles of researchers, enthusiasts and engineers as they preserve and restore our maritime heritage.
RINA’s Historic Ships conference returns for a fifth instalment that will not only focus on the restoration and preservation of historic vessels, but also the research and investigation into the engineering and efficiency of historic designs through modern naval architecture techniques.
Papers are invited from naval architects, academics, and enthusiasts on all related topics, including:
- Analysis of historic designs, including investigations into their hydrodynamic efficiency and structural design
- Research into historic shipbuilding and sailing techniques
- Restoration and preservation
- Maintenance of craft skills and training
- Replicas and their concession to the modern world
- Recent archaeological discoveries
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
Click here to register your interest in Historic Ship 2016 and receive updates as they become available.
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 8th May 2016.
Selected papers include:
- ON THE APPLICATIONS OF MODERN NAVAL ARCHITECTURE TECHNIQUES TO HISTORICAL CRAFTS, Jean-Baptiste R. G. SOUPPEZ, Southampton Solent University, UK.
- RMS MAURETANIA – DESIGN AND SIMULATION OF THE CUNARD’S ‘ATLANTIC GREYHOUND’, Keith W Hutchinson, Babcock International Group - Energy and Marine Technology. Mel Irving, School of Marine Simulation and Senior Marine. Geoff Horseman, Siemens Power Generation Services. CA Parsons Works, Shields Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
- SHIPSHAPE HERITAGE TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (SHTP) PROJECT, Hannah Cunliffe, Policy & Project Manager, National Historic Ships UK
- SUTTON HOO SHIP RECONSTRUCTION STUDY, Paul Handley
- A DUTCH BOEIJER YACHT BROUGHT TO LIFE, Alexander de Vos
Registration and Payment
|Registration Fee (Inc VAT)||By 08/11/2016||After 08/11/2016|
|RINA members||£175+VAT = £210||£220+VAT = £264|
|Non-members||£220+VAT = £264||£275+VAT = £330|
|Concessions (retired/students, etc)||£125+VAT = £150||£125+VAT = £150|
|Principcal Author||£85+VAT = £102||£85+VAT = £102|
|Additional Author||£175+VAT = £210||£175+VAT = £210|
Register by 8th November 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
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.
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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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.
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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.
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Sponsorship & Exhibitors
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Attendance to the Historic Ships conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate