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Design & Operation of Passenger Ships 2019

1 May 2019, London, UK

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The rapid growth of passenger ships over the last twenty years in the travel and tourism industry prompted cruise lines and ferries operators to build ever more innovative ships to cater for the diverse needs of a growing number of passengers. This has including ever increasing size of vessels to benefit from the economy of scale, small vessels specialising in more niche markets, vessels catering specifically for the growing Asia cruise market and vessels capable of itineraries to a greater range of destinations including environmentally sensitive areas.

The need to balance economic and environmental efficiency with increased passengers expectations of comfort and on-board amenities, along with improved passenger and crew safety, brings new challenges for those involved in the design, construction and operation of today’s passenger vessel.

Conference Programme

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  • KEYNOTE: Stephen Payne, Chief Designer of Queen Mary II.
  • Assessment of the Minimum Speed Requirement in Safe Return to Port by Rob Grin, Rien de Meij, Stephane Rapuc, MARIN, the Netherlands
  • An Experimental Investigation Into Reduction of Sloshing Effects in Swimming Pools Onboard Cruise Vessels by Diogo Nunes, Dominic Hudson, University of Southampton, UK
  • Design Features of River-Sea Cruise Passenger Vessels for Russian Inland Water Ways and Adjacent Seas by Alexander Egorov, Marine Engineering Bureau, Ukraine
  • Control of Welding Deformation in Thin Plate by Muhammad Taha Ali, DAMEN Shipyard Galati, Romania
  • Ship Evacuation and Emergency Response Trends by Fotios Stefanidis, Dracos Vassalos, Dr Evangelos Boulougouris, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Introduction of New Shaped "Y-Hull", Generating Reduced Resultant Wave from Hull and Experiencing Comparatively Less Resistance by the Bow by Amitavo Chowdhury Wye, ShipDyn Ltd, Bangladesh


To further investigate this aspect of the industry, RINA invites papers from naval architects, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all related topics, including:

  • All aspects of design – hydrodynamics, structures, layout
  • Interior design, leisure, entertainment and hotel features
  • Smart ship technology to enhance the passenger experience
  • Operation (on-board noise and vibration to be kept to a minimum…)
  • Current & future regulation & classification
  • Managing environmental impact
  • Innovative powering & propulsion solutions
  • Emergency response, LSA and MES

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

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 01/04/2019     After 01/04/2019
RINA members         £310+VAT = £372          £360+VAT = £432
Non-members        £360+VAT = £432      £410+VAT = £492
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £180+VAT = £216            £180+VAT = £216
Principal Author        £95+VAT = £114      £95+VAT = £114
Additional Author         £310+VAT = £372      £310+VAT = £372

Register by 1st April 2019 and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments, drinks reception, a USB of the papers and presentations after the conference, and VAT. The USB will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.

Additional copies of the conference papers or USB 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. 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.


Conference Venue

The Passenger Ships 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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