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Warship 2018: - Procurement of Future Surface Vessels

11-12 September 2018, London, UK

Call For Papers

Sponsored by: 

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Future surface warships

Warship 2018 Conference

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


RINA invites technical papers on the following topics:

  • Requirements for future ships;
  • Operational effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Influence of future technologies on design;
  • Unmanned and autonomous systems;
  • Adaptability including modularity;
  • Affordability in acquisition and through life;
  • New development vs military off-the-shelf (MOTS) approach to acquisition;
  • Exportability and Technology Transfer;
  • Safety Assurance Approach;
  • Lessons Learnt from Surface Vessel Projects.

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

Submit an abstract or register interest in the Warship 2018 Conference and receive updates as they become available. The deadline submission for abstracts is 21 May 2018.

Click here to download a copy of the Call for Papers

Conference VenuePark Plaza County Hall

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

1 Addington Street

Sponsorship & Exhibitors

RINA events provide the perfect opportunity for effective and highly targeted marketing opportunities.  More information for Sponsors and Exhibitors

Continual Professional DevelopmentCPD logo

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:

APM 2018 - Oct

Survitec ( from 8th Dec )

UBM April 4th 2018


Europort Romania

MiM Event