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SURV10 - Surveillance, Search and Rescue Craft Conference 2021

13-14 January 2021, Online Conference



The Royal Institution of Naval Architects will continue its successful SURV series of International Conferences now in its tenth edition.  The conference will provide a forum for discussion of both military and civilian vessels.  We hope to include papers across the full range of vessels, equipment and methods, used by pilot craft, coastguards, and police as well as search and rescue organisations.  Topics will include analysis of new designs, applications, and operations of these vessels, as well as review existing vessels and their use across all marine environments. 

With ever greater recreational and commercial use of the marine environment there is inevitably a higher rate of incidents where external assistance is required.  This increased pressure on resources provides a new set of challenges that organisations need to adapt to, in order to continue to provide their high level of service. 

With a focus on smaller and faster vessels, few sectors of the maritime industry have seen greater innovation in design.  Both commercial and recreational small craft have benefited from the inspirational ideas of designers - ideas which although perhaps considered revolutionary at the time, have had a longstanding impact on the design of small craft today. This conference aims to review the new and innovative technologies available to the small craft designer and builder.

Conference Topics

Conference topics including but not limited to:

To further investigate the innovation in small craft technology, in all sectors, RINA invites papers from naval architects, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all related topics, including:

•   Design: Practice, philosophies, testing and development

•   New Vessels: Innovative features, trials and evaluation

•   Construction: Materials, techniques and quality control

•   Safety & Regulation: ISO standards, improvements, etc.

•   Equipment: New ideas & products, control systems, navigation, auxiliary equipment

•   Machinery & Propulsion: Power plants, fuel cells, batteries, system layout, propulsion

•   Green Technologies

•   Operation: Practices, training, health & safety, reliability, and vessel deployment

•   Education & training of boat designers & Fabricators.

Selected papers may be published in the Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Conference Programme

Day 1 11:00 - 15:45


11:00 - 11:05 Welcome

11:05 - 11:40 Future Technology and Preserving Life at Sea

J. Dalziel, International Maritime Rescue Federation, Future Technology Panel

11:40 - 12:15 Small Craft Design for Drop Test: Case Study

A. Nazarov, Albatross Marine Design Co., Ltd

12:15 - 12:50 Implementing Platform Safety Reviews at the RNLI.

M. Colegate and  J. Andrews, RNLI

12:50-13:35 Break

13:35 - 14:10 Quantifying the impact that coxswain behaviour has on WBV - simulator trial.

T. Newman, Naval Design Partnering Team

14:10 - 14:45 Lab testing to determine seats' capacity to protect users from impact-induced injuries

P. Moxley, Naval Design Partnering Team

14:45 - 15:30 Discussion


Day 2 11:00 - 15:00


11:00 - 11:05 Welcome

11:05 - 11:40  Requirements, innovation and procurement: a 21st century UK perspective

J. Louth, SubSea Craft

11:40 - 12:15 Joint research project AutoPlan

N. Erol, UZMAR

12:15 - 12:50 RNLI Severn Class Lifeboat Life Extension Programme

N. Chaplin, RNLI

12:50-13:35 Break

13:35 - 14:10 What needed to hybrid? Marine Propulsion greening principles.  

M. Zeid, BERG Propulsion AB

14:10 - 14:45 When is time to sail fully electric? Vision about full electric Marine Propulsion.

M. Zeid, BERG Propulsion AB

14:45 - 15:30 Discussion


**UK time

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

**The conference programme may be subject to change


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Conference fees

Members: £250+VAT= £300

Non members: £270+VAT= £324

*There is no speaker fee in online conferences

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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

Please submit your abstract before 21 December 2020

Conference Venue

The SURV10 will be held  online using Zoom.

It is not necessary to have a Zoom account to attend, 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 experience from the browser is limited.

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