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Design and Operation of Ice Class Vessels

27-28 February 2019, London, UK

Call For Papers

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The Polar Regions see nearly 10% of the world shipping traffic. The receding ice in the North Sea Route and North West Passage offers new marine transportation options between the two major oceans and Europe, N. America and Asia. There are vast oil and gas resources around Siberia in the Barents and Kara Sea as well as in the Alaskan Chukchi Sea. Both poles also see a growing tourist inflow with the operation of many cruise ships close to the polar circles, as well as numerous ongoing scientific expeditions.

Vessels of any kind operating near the poles are exposed to a number of unique demands. Operation in first- and multi-year ice adds uncommon loads and forces to hull, propulsion system and appendages and calls for suitable built. Extremely low temperatures, bad weather and low visibility affect the ship and the crew in a multitude of ways, including materials, machinery, operational process and human factors.

The introduction of the Polar Code at the beginning of 2017 for new vessels, and existing vessels in 2018, was a big step in creating safe conditions for the work and operation of vessels, as well as to protect the fragile polar environment. However the design requirements of the code have challenged operators and builders. New owners and operators are entering the market, in need for guidance on how to tackle these harsh conditions.


RINA invites classifications societies, shipyards, operators, surveyors and designers and anyone with an interest in the ship operation in ice, to submit papers on:

  • Hull Design, Construction and Equipment
  • Materials, Welds and Coatings
  • ICE / Polar Classification
  • Ship Systems and Machinery for polar operation (heating, propulsion, engines etc)
  • Environmental Systems consideration (Ballast Water Treatment, Ship emissions etc)
  • Crew Consideration / Human Factors
  • Cargo considerations
  • Arctic Shipping Routes
  • Operations in freezing conditions
  • Evacuation, search & rescue

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

Submit  Abstract or Register Interest

Click here to register your interest in the International Conference on Ice Class Vessels 2019 and receive updates as they become available.

Click here to download 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 27th October 2018.

8-9 Northumberland StreetConference Venue

The Ice Class Vessels 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 .

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