IMarEST - Ship Design - Considerations for Operational Efficiency and Sustainability

16th June 2022 6:00 pm

This Lecture is the North East Coast Joint Branch of IMarEST and RINA’s inaugural Joint Lecture with the North East Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME), and will be a hybrid event being held in Neville Hall on Westgate Road on Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE, and also streamed on YouTube Live.

Lecture Synopsis:
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) first introduced Energy Efficiency Regulations in 2011 as part of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) with the aim of increasing the performance of the incoming global fleet in terms of emissions reduction. In response to 2015 Paris Agreement, the IMO adopted in 2018 an ambitious Initial Strategy to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping with the aim of phasing them out as soon as possible – this Initial GHG Strategy is due to be revised in 2023.

To satisfy these increasingly challenging short-term and forthcoming mid- and long-term goals for reduced GHG emissions both ship operators and designers, including machinery and equipment manufacturers etc., are having to employ and develop an ever-increasing range of sometimes novel and technically challenging solutions for improving ship efficiency and performance. Such solutions which are currently being, and will have to be in the future, employed during the industry’s journey to decarbonised international shipping fleet include those influencing: operations; resistance; propulsion; prime-movers together with the utilisation of low- and zero-carbon fuels; and alternative / additional forms of propulsion.

The presentation will consider how the design of ships and their systems is changing in order to increase their efficiency and also decrease their GHG emissions whilst still resulting in robust, operable and safe solutions for the shipping industry.

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