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Professor Dominic A Hudson BEng, PhD, CEng, MIMechE, MRINA

Shell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency, Head of Maritime Engineering Group

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Dominic is Shell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency at the University of Southampton and leads the Centre for Maritime Futures. He has research interests in all aspects of hydrodynamics, particularly as related to ship design and operation for energy efficiency.

Dominic advises Shell Shipping and Maritime on ship efficiency, decarbonisation, performance management and future ship designs. Dominic is a member of the Performance Sports Engineering laboratory, working with the English Institute of Sport and British Swimming and has supervised research in sports ranging from sailing to Bob Skeleton.

He is a member of the Maritime Engineering group and the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute. Dominic teaches in the areas of ship design, prediction of ship power requirements and hydrodynamics.

Dominic obtained a first-class degree (BEng, 1994) in Ship Science from the University of Southampton. For his PhD studies, as a part-time student and Research Assistant, Dominic conducted research into the motions of high-speed catamarans – used as car and passenger ferries – in particular focusing on numerical predictions. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Southampton in 1999.

In order to gain industrial experience to improve his teaching, Dominic spent a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment period working as a consultant naval architect with Three Quays Marine Services in London in 2003 and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in 2005. Dominic was Course Coordinator for the Ship Science degree courses from 2008-2011 and Director of Programmes from 2011-2013. He is a Chartered Engineer and member of both the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

With his research interests Dominic has been involved with both the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) and the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC). For the ISSC he was a member of the specialist committees for Very Large Floating Structures (2003-2006) and Sailing Yacht Design (2006-2009). For the ITTC he was a member of the committees on high-speed marine vehicles (2008-2011), seakeeping (2011-2014), performance of ships in service (2014-2017) and ships in operation at sea (2017-2021).

Through his work at Southampton Dominic has spent periods as a visiting lecturer at Yokohama National University, Japan (2008) and visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2011-2016). From October-December 2013 and January-March 2016 he was a visiting research scientist with the Institute for High Performance Computing in Singapore as part of the IHPC-SMMI Joint laboratory in Maritime and Offshore Engineering.

Since September 2014 Dominic is Shell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency at the University. The Centre for Maritime Futures was established in 2019 to reflect the broad and multidisciplinary research being undertaken across the University. This work focuses on future fuels for decarbonising shipping, increasing digitalisation of the maritime industry and improving crew and vessel safety.

Research interests

Dominic is interested in all aspects of ship hydrodynamics and fluid flow around objects at the water surface, particularly as applied to ship design, as we seek to decarbonise shipping. Dominic has always been keen on a multidisciplinary approach to research and tackling the complex challenges faced by engineers and society today.


Dominic's research covers:

  • Energy efficient shipping – reducing a ship's power requirement and hence the fuel consumed by global shipping; including work on areas such as future fuels for shipping, added resistance in waves, hybrid propulsion systems, devices to improve propulsive efficiency, wind-assisted ship propulsion, Carbon Footprinting of the marine industry and organisations and weather-routing for improved operation.
  • Loads and responses of high-speed mono- and multi-hull vessels in waves – to improve designs to reduce crew and passenger fatigue and sickness and improve structural design, including projects for planing craft and catamaran car and passenger ferries.
  • Yacht and small craft performance – in both calm water and waves.
  • Non-linear prediction of vessel motions
  • Ship manoeuvring in waves
  • Performance sports engineering - projects in swimming, sailing, Bob Skeleton, kayaking and rowing


Many of these research areas overlap and inter-link, but all rely on improving our understanding of the fluid flow past a ship (or object) and applying this to improve engineering performance.

In all of them Dominic is interested in both the use of theory (and hence computer predictions) to solve an engineering problem and the comparison of these predictions with measured results in a laboratory or 'real world' situation. Increasingly, this involves data-driven analytics and cooperation with experts in Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning.

PhD Supervison

Dominic typically leads of team of 6-8 researchers and PhD students with funding from a range of sources, including EPSRC, EIS, Shell Shipping and Maritime and the wider maritime industry.

Details of the PhD programme in the Department may be found at: https://www.engineerthefuture.co.uk/index.php/phdopportunities/
Dominic has 20+ PhD graduates working in the maritime and other sectors; including shipping companies, academia worldwide, start-ups, performance sport and large and small engineering companies.

Research group

Maritime Engineering

Affiliate research groups

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, Centre for Maritime Futures, Performance Sports Engineering laboratory

Head of group, Maritime Engineering (2018-present).

Member of the Lloyd's Register Technical Committee (2019-present).

Member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Committee (2018- present).

Member of the Society of Maritime Industries Digital Technology Group (DTG) Council (2018-present).

Dominic has served on committees of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) and the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC):

  • For the ISSC Dominic was a member of the specialist committees for Very Large Floating Structures (2003-2006) and Sailing Yacht Design (2006-2009).
  • For the ITTC, which is an NGO member of the IMO, he was a member of the committees on high-speed marine vehicles (2008-2011), seakeeping (2011-2014), performance of ships in service (2014-2017) and ships in operation at sea (2017-2021).

Dominic has examined research degrees for Universities in the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Malta.

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Current work with Shell Shipping and Maritime is described at:
Centre for Maritime Futures

A summary of work in the Performance Sports Engineering laboratory is at:
Performance Sports Engineering laboratory

Professor Dominic A Hudson
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton. SO16 7QF

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