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Warship 2019: Multi-Role Vessels

25-26 June 2019, Bristol, UK


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Warship 2019: Multi-Role Vessels

Declining fleet numbers in many navies combined with rapidly evolving technologies is demanding more flexible vessels that can be easily re-roled or upgraded through life.

Common designs along with multi-role or modular technologies can reduce the number of hull types in service, thus affording higher levels of commonality between ship classes and the potential for reduced build and support costs. Flexibility and Adaptability requires ship designs to incorporate appropriate margins but these must be intelligently specified to ensure they are available when required and they do not compromise the core vessel capabilities.

The conference will present technical developments in the design and construction of multi-role vessels.  It will also provide the opportunity to consider whether this is the best way forward and investigate the possible pitfalls and issues with this approach. It will address the following questions through the papers presented at the conference:

  • What are the benefits of multi-role vessels?
  • What are the operational scenarios for the use of such vessels and does the operator understand how they will use these vessels? Is vessel capability affected?
  • What is the experience of existing flexible / multi-role vessels including how often they have been re-roled? 
  • Could this approach cause gaps between the designs of new classes leading to loss of skills?
  • Are existing naval standards suitable for these types of vessel?
  • How do the acquisition and through life costs of multi-role vessels compare to a mix of single role vessels?

Conference Programme

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Papers to be presented include:

  • Allied Maritime Forces Transformation: Towards a Defence Planning Process that Includes Adaptable Warships, Richard Logtmeijer, MoD, NL, David Manley, MoD, UK, Co-authors from NATO partner AUS and NATO countries CA, GE, IT, NL, UK and USA
  • Multi-Role Vessels: Manning, Design & Cost Drivers by Daniel Smith, Naval Design Partnering Team, UK
  • Pushing the Limit: The Role-less Multirole Warship by Dr Rachel Pawling, Dr Nick Bradbeer, University College London, UK
  • Norway's New Multi-Role Logistics and Support Vessel (LSV) by Simon Jones, Alex Aitken, BMT, UK
  • The Use of CAD Systems to Manage Modularity in Multi-Role Warships by Rodrigo Perez, Erno Peter, SENER, Spain
  • The Multi Role Combatant - Jack of All Trades Master of None? by David Andrews, UCL, UK
  • MissionEase Boat Handling System for Multi-Role Mission Ships by Rolf Andreas Wigand , Atle Klave, Vestdavit AS, Norway
  • The Multi-Role Support Ship and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations by Derek Buxton, VARD Marine Inc, Canada
  • Standardisation of Naval Containerised Modules - Enabling Interoperability Across NATO by Hayden Cole, Julia Alvarez, Naval Design Partnering, UK 
  • The Importance Of Onboard Infrastructure to Enable Future Vessel Enhancements at Build and Through Life by Simon Willmore, BMT, UK
  • The Affordable Surface Combatant, The Application of Modularity and Flexibility in Delivering the Future Fleet by Malcolm Robb, David Lewis, BAE Systems Maritime, Giota Paparistodimou, University of Strathclyde, Charles McPartland, Ministry of Defence, UK


Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT)  By 26/05/2019     After 26/05/2019
RINA members         £790+VAT = £948          £890+VAT = £1068
Non-members        £890+VAT = £1068      £990+VAT = £1188
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £390+VAT = £468            £390+VAT = £468
Principal Author        £195+VAT = £234      £195+VAT = £234
Additional Author         £790+VAT = £948      £790+VAT = £948

Register by 26th May 2019 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. 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 Venue

The Warship 2019 conference will be held at:

M Shed
Princes Wharf
Wapping Rd

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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

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