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Ice Class Vessels Online Conference 2020

4 November 2020


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The Polar Regions are experiencing heavier traffic due to the economic and military advantage of the arctic waters. The more convenient access to the arctic as a result of changing ice levels, and the increased competition for natural resources by different states, has focused the need for more unified and detailed regulation on the operation, safety and design of all vessels that operate in the polar environment. Also, the currently discussed Arctic heavy fuel oil ban will play an important role in the future of the ship construction and operation on these regions.

Many types of Vessel operate near the poles, including the impressive icebreakers, which Russia operates the largest fleet. All those ships are exposed to a great number of unique demands. Ice exerts structural loads on the hull and propeller when keeping station, sea spray and atmospheric conditions can create an accumulation of icing on important deck equipment, and the safety and wellbeing of the crew when exposed to below freezing temperatures, not only in normal operation but also in emergency conditions, all have an impact on how a vessel is designed to operate. On top of this codes and standards need to reflect the growing exposure of vessels to these conditions, this was reflected in need to update the IMO Polar Code which entered into force on 1st January 2017.


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

  • Hull Design, Construction and Equipment
  • Modelling of Ice Loads on Hull & Propeller
  • Vessel Operation- Navigation and Station Keeping in ice flows
  • Safety Systems- Emergency Response and Search & Rescue
  • Crew Consideration / Human Factors
  • Regulation- Standards & codes of good practice
  • Ship Systems and Machinery for polar operation (heating, propulsion, engines etc)
  • Environmental Systems consideration (Ballast Water Treatment, Ship emissions etc)
  • Materials, Welds and Coatings


     11:00 - 14:45


    11:00 - 11:15 Welcome and Keynote

    11:15 - 11:50 Design and Construction of Ice Class Ships S. Ghosh, Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer, India

    11:50 - 12:25 Mariner 4.0: integrating seafarers into a Maritime 4.0 environment N. C. Taylor, A. Bekker and K Kruger, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

    12:25 - 13:00 Break

    13:00 - 13:35 FEM analysis of an ice class ship’s bulbous bow B. D’Amato, G. Soriano, A. Ambrosio, University of Naples Federico II, IT

    13:35 - 14:10 Investigation of structural strength of ice reinforced side shell structure under Finnish Swedish ice class notations S. Rahman, Ankerbeer Engineering and Design, The Netherlands

    14:10 - 14:45 Discussion


    **UK time

    **Presentation time includes Q&A of approximately 10 minutes

    **The conference programme may be subject to change

Conference Venue

The Ice Class Vessels conference will be held  online using Zoom.

It is not necessary to have a Zoom account to attend the Meetings, but those attending will be asked to download the Zoom App if not already downloaded. If you are unable to download, install, or run applications you may join from your browser. However, the meeting experience from the browser is limited.

Register Interest 

Click here to register your interest in the Ice Class Vessels conference and receive updates as they become available.

Conference fees

Members: £50+VAT=£60

Non-Members: £60+VAT=£72

Please click here to pay online

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We offer sponsored conference places for Student Members and Associate Members in full time education. For more information or to request a place, contact Nick Cox at 

Call For Papers 

To download the Call For Papers 

Abstracts may be submitted at Call for Papers

If you have any questions please contact our conference organiser:

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