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SURV 9 - Surveillance, Search and Rescue Craft

18 April 2018, London, UK

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The Royal Institution of Naval Architects will continue its successful SURV series of International Conferences now in its ninth 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 Programme

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Papers to be presented include:

  • Structural Analysis of Composite Search and Rescue Vessel Under the New BS EN ISO 12215-5 by Jean-Baptiste Souppez, Southampton Solent University, UK
  • Design Verification Framework for Search & Rescue Craft by H J Phillips, M Pitman, M Boulton, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, UK, Hans van der Molen, Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappig, Netherlands, Klaus Stromenger, K&S Maritiem Technisch Bureau, Netherlands
  • Noise, Vibration, and Repeated Shock Exposure on High Speed Craft: Measurement, Mitigation, Preventative Design by Phill Moxley and Thomas Coe, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, UK
  • The Application of Unmanned Marine Vehicles to Maritime Search and Rescue by J Dalziel, R Pelot, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Full-Scale Seakeeping Trials of an All-Weather Lifeboat by F Prino, S Benson, R W Birmingham, R S Dow, Marine Offshore and Subsea Technology Group, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, UK, L J Ferguson, P J Sheppard, H J Phillips, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, UK, J Mediavilla Varas, M Johnson, S Hirdaris, Lloyd's Register, UK
  • Numerical Investigation of Double Continuous Welding and Alternatives in Bottom Shell Plates of Aluminium High-Speed, Mono-hull Craft by Vimal Kumar,  Lloyd's Register, Singapore


Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 18/03/2018     After 18/03/2018
RINA members         £300+VAT = £360          £350+VAT = £420
Non-members        £350+VAT = £420      £400+VAT = £480
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £175+VAT = £210            £175+VAT = £210
Principal Author        £90+VAT = £108      £90+VAT = £108
Additional Author         £300+VAT = £360      £300+VAT = £360

Register by 18th March 2018 and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

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

Additional copies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale (members £115 and non-members £135) 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+VAT. 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.

8-9 Northumberland StreetConference Venue

The Surv 9 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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