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Power & Propulsion Alternatives for Ships

22-23 January 2019, London, UK

Call For Papers

Solar SailorEco Dykstra

Shipping is vital to the world economy. It is a critical part of international import and export markets and supports the global distribution of goods. As for all industries, concerns about climate change require the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector. This entails to reduce the amount of fossil fuel used or use cleaner fuels. It means that the industry must prepare for the new future and investigate alternative, more economic ship propulsion systems.

A number of projects are under development around the world to understand the benefits of wind power for the shipping industry. Alternative fuels such as LNG are more recent in attaining mainstream recognition, but electric and hybrid systems have started to become viable especially as battery technology continues to develop and improve. Solar polar has always been an alternative; not as a main source of energy, but in auxiliary systems or combined with other methods.


RINA invites papers from naval architects, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all power and propulsion design related topics including the following:

  • Wind Powered or Wind Assisted Propulsion
  • Alternative Fuel Systems: LNG, Methanol, Hydrogen, etc
  • Renewable Fuels; Biofuels, Ethanol, Dimethyl Ether (DME) Algae-based Fuel, etc
  • Pure Electric and Hybrid Electric Propulsion
  • Batteries and Fuel Cells
  • Solar Power
  • “Cold Ironing” or Alternate Marine Power

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 Power & Propulsion Alternatives for Ships 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 23rd September 2018.

8-9 Northumberland StreetConference Venue

The Power & Propulsion Alternatives for 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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