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The Role of Technology in Green Ship Design - A Classification Perspective Seminar

Time:
12:00 - 13:00
Date:
25 October 2012
Venue:
Building 28, Room 2001

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Dr Yeping Xiong on +44(0)23 80596619 or email Y.Xiong@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

Today, more than 90% of trades are carried out by waterborne transport and we are venturing into more hostile parts of the oceans, in ever greater depths to extract resources and power world economic growth. In this talk Dr. Hirdaris will discuss recent regulatory developments, outline some technological implementation options as well as some of the recent innovation initiatives of the Society. See details below.

With more than 70% of the planet’s surface covered by water, the oceans are at the heart of life on earth. Today, more than 90% of trades are carried out by waterborne transport and we are venturing into more hostile parts of the oceans, in ever greater depths to extract resources and power world economic growth. In the last few decades the maritime industries have continuously endeavoured to mitigate the increasing environmental expectations via the implementation of operational strategies and the development of technologies that may be related with efficient engine design, propulsion systems and optimised ship hull designs.
Lloyd’s Register plays an important and well established role within the regulatory framework of the marine industry by helping to assure standards of safety and sustainability through the application of technology resources. Notwithstanding, the diverse and increasing technological demands implied by the environmental expectations raise some questions on the role of technology and regulation versus classification based assurance.
This talk discusses recent regulatory developments, outlines some technological implementation options as well as some of the recent innovation initiatives of the Society. In this sense it supports the notion that Strategic Research may be an essential milestone in response to the demands of the international community to ‘connect and catalyse’ some of the foreword looking socioeconomic expectations imposed upon the maritime industry.

Speaker information

Dr Spyros Hirdaris, Lloyd's Register. Dr. Spyros Hirdaris works as a Lead Specialist for Lloyd’s Register Strategic Research. He is Chartered Engineer and Member of RINA, IMarEst, IMechE and Technical Chamber of Greece. He completed his doctorate on Hydroelasticity of Ships at the University of Southampton. Following a sort spell with British Maritime Technology he joined Lloyd’s Register in 2004 initially employed as Specialist for Lloyd’s Register Research Development working on the development of Design procedures and Technology investigations. Since 2005 he is Visiting Research Fellow at the Lloyd’s Register UTC at the University of Southampton. He is Vice President of the RINA London Branch and Chair of the International Ship and Offshore Structures (ISSC) Committee I.2 on Loads. Currently, he is responsible for Strategic Research on Fluid Structure Interactions, Hydromechanics for Ship Design, Engineering for the Maritime environment and future technology business development.

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