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Palfinger August 2022

Warship 2018: Procurement of Future Surface Vessels

11-12 September 2018, London, UK


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Future surface warships

Modern navies are increasingly having to manage the  trade-off between capability and cost. Versatility, flexibility, and affordability are key criteria which designers need to balance as warships become an exportable commodity, where market value may be just as important as the strategic value of any newly built vessel. Many nations are designing vessels with exportability in mind, this can mean that the Navy needs to accept some compromises to achieve this. On the other hand other nations are looking to build up their sovereign capability or to create jobs in country for national prosperity. In this scenario the nation must select a partner who can provide some degree of technology transfer and the key driver may not necessarily be the ships capability.

All of this is against the backdrop of rapidly advancing technologies including unmanned and autonomous systems, a changing threat environment and an insecure world;  these factors require ever more adaptable ships that can fulfil a number of different roles and save money through life. Modularity may be one way to address this adaptability, however this approach has its compromises and there are other design considerations that must be in place to make a platform truly adaptable

Conference Programme

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Papers to be presented include:

  • Implementing the National Ship Building Strategy for Surface Warships by Rear Admiral Henry Parker, Director of Ship Acquisition, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), UK
  • The Conflict Between Ship Design and Procurement Policies by David Andrews, University College London, UK
  • Future Air Defence: Countering Emerging Threats  by Lewis Griffiths, Jake Rigby, BMT, UK
  • Virtual Reality for Design of New Warship Concepts by Ken Goh, Knud E Hansen Australia P/L, Australia
  • The Advanced Technology Corvette (Railgun): A Concept Exploration of Future Warships by Dr Rachel Pawling, Luke Farrier, Dr Nick Bradbeer, University College London, UK
  • The NATO  Drive to Mission Modularity by David Manley, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • The Implications of Adaptability, Flexibility and Modularity for the RN by Malcolm Courts, BAE Systems, UK
  • How much is too much? The Cost of Commonality by Oliver Short, Naval Design Partnering Team, UK
  • The Next Generation MCM Platform - Not Yet Full Autonomy by Alex Aitken, BMT, UK
  • The Future Warship: Green & Mission Capable by Cody Lyster, Babcock International Group, UK
  • Trends in Enviromental Requirements and Their Impact on the Future Surface Vessel by James Livingstone, BAE System, UK
  • Experimental Investigation of Flow over the Flight Deck of a Generic Aircraft Carrier by K Vignesh Kumar, M P Mathew, S S Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, R Vijayakumar, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • Bringing Medical Facilities to the Forefront of Naval Ship Design, Focusing on Mission Adaptability and the Integration of Modular Medical Facilities by Pilar Morales, Harry Schweidler, Babcock International Group, UK


Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 12/08/2018     After 12/08/2018
RINA members         £770+VAT = £924          £870+VAT = £1044
Non-members        £870+VAT = £1044      £970+VAT = £1164
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £380+VAT = £456            £380+VAT = £456
Principal Author        £190+VAT = £228      £190+VAT = £228
Additional Author         £770+VAT = £924      £770+VAT = £924

Register by 12th August 2018 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+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.


Conference VenuePark Plaza County Hall

The Warship conference will be held at the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel.

1 Addington Street

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Attendance at the RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

Previous Warship Conference

RINA organises a very successful series of annual Warship conference, on a range of themes. Click on the links below to see a list of papers presented at some of these conferences and to find prices to purchase copiers:

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Teinbridge Propeller

Euronaval Apr - Oct 2022

Herbert Engineering

Uni Stratchclyde June 2021

Metstrade May 2022