30-31 March 2016, London
Sponsored by: Supported by:
Offshore wind farm support vessels have been one of the most dynamic maritime construction and operational sectors over the last 10 years. There are now believed to be about 400 vessels operating in the European market. Supply and service vessels are increasingly in demand as offshore windfarms continue to expand with new sites being developed in Europe, Asia, and the USA. Building on the success of previous two conferences, RINA returns to the subject to investigate the impact of new standards, new regulations, and new developments made within the industry.
Vessel operators are keen for new vessels designs to meet the changing demand of the offshore wind sector; larger vessels with improved sea keeping and greater payload capacity. With more global construction, an increasing numbers of wind farm developments are in more distant, hostile, and deeper environments. This has meant that ‘Mothership’ concepts are starting to gain traction; it is becoming more economic for technicians to stay on station at the wind farms for longer periods. And as the first near shore wind farm developments move from construction to the operational phase, maintenance management is playing a larger role.
Human-System Integration is becoming more important in designs, for example: more research is being carried out on cabin and wheelhouse ergonomics, with particular attention to navigation controls. And the standards expected in terms of comfort and facilities for the technicians, who may be required to be stay on board for longer periods and in higher sea states, are also increasing. There also remains the critical issue of the safe transfer of crew and technicians between shore and turbine, and vessel and turbine.
To further investigate these specialised vessels RINA invites papers from designers, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all related topics, including:
- Vessel design; hull, general arrangement, interior, etc. including innovative features
- Classification & statutory requirements - impact of new rules & regulations
- Powering & propulsion; all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, system layout & fuel efficiency
- Sea keeping & manoeuvring - thrusters, dynamic positioning, trials & evaluation
- Equipment for transfer of personnel and cargo
- Operational aspects; Navigation, communication, safety, operational reliability and efficiency
- Crew safety & comfort fatigue, health & safety, training, ‘walk to work’ systems
Selected papers include:
- CLASSIFICATION CONSIDERATIONS FOR FREEBOARD AND STABILITY OF THE WIND FARM INSTALLATION UNIT - MAY FLOWER, Xiaoming Deng, ABS, China
- FAST CTV - TRANSIT AND TRANSFER PERFORMANCE RESEARCH, S.Phillips, I.Shin, C.Armstrong, H.Maclean, Seaspeed Marine Consulting Ltd, UK
- TUNING HULL OPTIMIZATION AND TRANSFER SYSTEM IN DESIGN OF W2W VESSEL FOR BEST HABITABILITY AND WORKABILITY ABOVE 3 M SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT, Guus van der Bles MSc, Conoship International BV, The Netherlands
- THE HOUR OF POWER - HYBRID MARINE TECHNOLOGY FOR WFSV APPLICATIONS, John Haynes, Shock Mitigation Ltd., UK
Registration and Payment
|Registration Fee (Inc VAT)||By 29/02/2016||After 29/02/2016|
|RINA members||£580+VAT = £696||£680+VAT = £816|
|Non-members||£680+VAT = £816||£780+VAT = £936|
|Concessions (retired/students, etc)||£320+VAT = £384||£320+VAT = £384|
|Principcal Author||£130+VAT = £156||£130+VAT = £156|
|Additional Author||£580+VAT = £696||£580+VAT = £696|
Register by 29th February 2016 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.
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.
The conference will be held at the Millennium & Battersea Suite (first floor) Park Plaza County Hall Hotel.
1 Addington Street
The nearest Underground stations are Waterloo, and Westminster which is across the river. Both Underground stations are approximately a 5 minute walk from the venue.
Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue less than a 15 minute walk from the Park Plaza venue.
The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members. An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69).
Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.
Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at http://clubquarters.com/royal-institution-naval-architects using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.
Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800
Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.
Check and book hotels in the surrounding area
For more information on the rebate program visit: http://www.HotelsCombined.com/Conference_Support
Sponsorship & Exhibitors
RINA events provide the perfect opportunity for effective and highly targeted marketing. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities exist for all of our conferences. For more information please follow the link or contact John Payten (RINA Group Sales Director) Tel: +44(0)20 7235 4622 Ext 400 or e-mail: to discuss tailored options or availability.
Attendance at Smart Ships qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate