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Wind Propulsion 2019

15-16 October 2019, London, UK

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The current use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources within the shipping industry is still relatively scarce. Growing environmental legislation and concerns are driving the need to develop and apply innovative alternative power and propulsion technology for ships.

Now, industry players are increasingly putting a modern spin on one of the oldest concepts in shipping: harnessing the power of wind for ship propulsion.


RINA and International Windship Association (IWSA) invites papers from designers, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all related topics, including:

Market level assessment

  • Future trends in the wind propulsion market – effects of policy, regulation, price and the market – barriers and drivers.
  • Developing world markets – challenges, opportunities and designs for wind propulsion solutions.
  • How does wind propulsion perform in the small vessel market, fishing, inter-island ferry, workboats etc.
  • Lessons from the past – how does the long history of wind propulsion solutions inform the systems and solutions of today and tomorrow.

Concept level assessment

  • Meeting the challenge of technical barriers to the deployment of wind propulsion rigs - stability, navigation, air draft etc.
  • The use of weather routing software to maximise wind propulsion systems.
  • How to optimise a retrofit installation on existing vessels - integrating retrofit wind into existing power management systems
  • Standardising fuel saving assessment for wind propulsion & wind technology performance assessment
  • Wind propulsion and classification – pathways to a standardised approach.
  • Zero emissions/Carbon Neutral pathways – how does wind fit in and how can wind propulsion help facilitate the adoption of other low carbon systems and fuels.
  • Assessment of the use of multiple different systems (e.g. sails and kites on the same vessel) and a series of the same rigs.
  • Wind propulsion & autonomous shipping.

Technology level assessment

  • How would maximising wind propulsion benefits impact the way we operate shipping and the ships themselves.
  • The human element - perceptions, experiences to date, training and safety.
  • Ports & logistics – how compatible are wind vessels with the existing infrastructure. What systems are being developed on board to mitigate this and what needs to happen in ports to adapt.
  • Big data + Big wind – synergies, complementary approaches, impact and future developments.
  • Materials and manufacturing – new developments/materials/systems for rigs and sails.
  • Assessment of the technology transfer from the competitive and leisure sailing world.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit their paper for publication in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.


Preliminary list of papers


Registration and Payment

Registration Fee  By 16/09/2019     After 16/09/2019
RINA members         £670+VAT = £804          £770+VAT = £924
Non-members        £770+VAT = £924      £870+VAT = £1044
Concessions (retired/students, etc)        £340+VAT = £408            £340+VAT = £408
Principal Author        £145+VAT = £174      £145+VAT = £174
Additional Author         £670+VAT = £804      £670+VAT = £804

Register by 16th Septmeber 2019 and save money - Early Bird Registration fees

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 

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 Wind Propulsion 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.

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