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Marine Design 2014

3 - 4 September 2014, Coventry, UK


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Building on the success of the first International Conference, RINA Marine Design 2014 will provide a forum for reporting and discussing the design practice and technical issues associated with aesthetic design. The full spectrum of marine design from small craft to super yachts, including commercial and specialist vessels, will be examined.

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An exhibition celebrating the 30th year of boat design will be open at the end of the conference, which will include a virtual 3D exhibition of Coventry University students' design work. This will show the breadth of capability within the department including automotive, transport and boat design.

Conference Content

The conference will present technical papers on a number of aspects of aesthetic marine design, including:Breathless - Marine Design 2014

  • Design Visualisation (including design methodologies, design practice, innovative concepts, design analysis tools, Computer Aided Design, TOI (Transfer of Innovation) from other industry sectors).
  • Human System Integration (including HFE (Human Factors Engineering), Maritime Security, UCD (User Centred Design) methodologies, Emotional Design methodologies, Empathic Design methodologies, 'Aging in Place', TOI from other industry sectors).
  • Sustainability in construction (including one-off construction and series production issues, facility design, materials, joining technologies, reconstructions and rebuilds of historic craft, results of simulation).
  • Sustainability in operation (including, equipment, results of sea trials, results of instrumentation, results of simulation, TOI from other industry sectors).Marine Design 2014
  • Implementation of regulations in the design process (including international, national, and regional regulatory frameworks, classification, codes of practice, rating rules).
  • Virtual work/learning environments (including, CPD for marine designers, networking  opportunities for innovation and exchange, virtual work environments to facilitate multi-disciplinary, multinational teams).

A full programme can be seen here.

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Click here to download the full PDF of the conference programme and registration form

Keynote: H2020-THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATION IN THE EUROPEAN MARINE INDUSTRY, Ronald Vopel, Research Programme Officer, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels


A list of some of the papers being presented at the conference include:

  • EUROPEAN BOAT DESIGN INNOVATION GROUP: THE MARINE DESIGN MANIFESTO, Sean McCartan, B Verheijden, Coventry University, UK. M Lundh, M Lutzhoft, Chalmers University, SWEDEN. D Boote, Genoa University, ITALY. J.J. Hopman, F.E.H.M. Smulders, Technical University of Delft, NETHERLANDS, K Norby, Oslo School for Architecture and Design, NORWAY
  • HUMAN SYSTEM INTEGRATION WITHIN A MULTIDISCIPLINARY SHIP DESIGN TEAM: AN INSIDE VIEW, Chris Greenbank, BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd, UK. Dale Richards, Coventry University, UK
  • COASTAL PATROL INTERCEPTOR FOR WEST AFRICA, S Richardson, I Chapos, S McCartan,  Coventry University, UK, T Dobbins, ST Research, UK, J Hill, Trident Marine Ltd, UK, L Campbell, Lorne Campbell Design, UK
  • SHIP BLOCK DIVISION PLANNING CONSIDERING UNCERTAINTIES AT EARLY DESIGN STAGES, Ajay Asok Kumar, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai ­ ClassNK, INDIA, Kazuhiro Aoyama, University of Tokyo, JAPAN 

The conference will close with a Marine Design Lexicon Presentation and Discussion:

The Design Lexicon presentation will involve a review of exterior form design language for a range of vessel types and the associated design feature terminology used to support the design process, based on the lexicon used by professional designers from the automotive sector. This presentation will invovle an open discussion forum with the audience.

Registration and Payment


Registration Fee (Inc VAT) By 04/08/2014 After 04/08/2014
RINA members £400 £450
Non-members £450 £500
Concessions (retired/students, etc) £300 £300
Principcal Author £125 £125
Additional Author £400 £400

Register by 18th May 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 £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at

Registration and Payment methods

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.Marine Design Payment Registration

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Sponsor and Exhibitors

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International Journal of Marine Design

If you are interested in this conference you may also be intrested in viewing our online versions of thr International Journal of Marine Design (IJMD). Click on this link to view the first three issues of IJMD.

IJMD provides a forum for the reporting and discussion on design practice and technical issues associated with aesthetic design. The full spectrum of marine design from small craft to superyachts, including commercial and specialist vessels, will be examined. The IJMD is published as Part C of the Transactions of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. 

Past Conferences

The first Marine Design conference took place in Coventry  on 14 -15 September 2011.

To buy the conference proceedings from the previous event, CLICK HERE

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Attendance at the Influence of Marine Design conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

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