Propulsion is at the centre of developing economic and environmentally friendly shipping operations. The IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) Ship Propulsion Systems Conference (SPS) series of events has established a reputation for excellence, raising the level of the topical technical discussion.
The third SPS conference will be held in London on Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 November, featuring the IMO’s Tier III requirements and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) formula for developing increasingly fuel efficient ship designs as its theme.
“The first SPS conference examined the importance of the interaction between the ship hydrodynamics, propulsion train and the mode of prime mover,” explains Professor John Carlton FREng, Professor of Marine Engineering, City University London and Immediate Past President of IMarEST. “The second illustrated how to improve engine performance and economy through the application of the most up-to-date technologies, and examined the latest shaft and propeller developments. This year, driven by regulation, we will focus on Tier III requirements and the EEDI formula.”
The conference will get off to a flying start following Professor Carlton’s introduction with keynote addresses by Aron Frank Sørensen, Chief Marine Technical Officer, BIMCO and Andreas Chrysostomou, Head of Maritime Policy, Department of Merchant Shipping, Cyprus; Chairman, Marine Environment Protection Committee, IMO, and IMarEST President Elect, respectively taking as their topics ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘Where we are now – progress to date’.
The scene-setting opening session will continue with Oskar Levander, Vice President Innovation, Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc talking on ‘Optimising ship efficiency and the impact of the EEDI formula’ and Dr Ing Ioannis Vlaskos, Marine Director Large Engines & Gas Engines, Ricardo Deutschland GmbH looking at ‘What Annex IV, Tier III entails’.
The rest of day one will be devoted to a session on ‘Impact and Solutions’ looking at both low and medium speed engine developments to meet Tier III; ‘LNG: Part of the environmental, regulatory and commercial solution’; a case study on ‘The Bit Viking retrofit’; ‘Fuel optimization on 2-stroke engines – for new projects as well as for engines in service’; and ‘View from the Bridge: Dangers of under-powering’. The day ends with the 2nd Annual IMarEST Founders’ Lecture taking place at 18:00hrs in association with ClassNK. This Lecture will be followed by a networking reception.
Press Release, October 1, 2012; Image: abb