Stability and safety

Just like Glasgow was the venue for the inaugural STAB and DfS conferences, it has been selected once again to organize the first STAB&S conference.

The conference will widen the historical focus on stability and embrace other key contributors to maritime safety, without parting from the traditional first-principles approach and the scientific rigour that characterise our core topic (stability).

For this first edition, we would like to focus on established disciplines and main topics in maritime safety, so as to maximise the immediate benefits and encourage broader participation and cooperation from industries, governments, and academia. The conference topics therefore include:

This is the traditional STAB conference, which encompasses all matters of stability for all types of ships and ocean vehicles, including all pertinent aspects of ship dynamics, stabilisation, non-linear dynamics, and behaviour.

Typical topics from previous conferences include:

  • Capsize due to cargo liquefaction
  • Damage stability of passenger and cargo ships
  • Decision support and operational guidance in normal operation
  • Decision support and operational guidance in emergencies
  • Dynamic instability in roll motion
  • Dynamic instability other than in roll motion
  • Second-generation intact stability criteria
  • Risk-based assessment of ship stability
  • Fishing vessel stability and safety
  • Modelling of environmental conditions
  • Modes of ship capsize and design to improve stability
  • Naval ship stability
  • Non-linear dynamics of extreme ship behaviour
  • Operation in polar waters and ice
  • Ship systems availability in emergencies
  • Probabilistic and risk-based assessment of stability
  • Risk-based intact and damage stability integration
  • Ship dynamic stability in rough seas
  • Decision support for stability management in emergencies
  • Lifecycle stability management
  • Stability of floating platforms
  • Ship accident investigation
  • Stability of domestic ferries
  • Stability of high-speed craft
  • Stability of offshore supply and other vessels
  • Active measures for damage stability enhancement
  • Simulation tools for intact and damage stability assessment

Fire safety disciplines, including:

  • Fire safety statistics, records and trends
  • Fire safety engineering
  • Fire risk modelling
  • Gas dispersion and explosion analysis
  • IMO alternative design and arrangement for fire safety
  • Firefighting, training, emergency response
  • Fire testing
  • Fire simulation
    • Fire and smoke dynamics
    • Thermal and structural analysis (decks, bulkheads, doors, windows…)
    • Coupling evacuation and fire simulations
  • Fire safety criteria
  • Forensic fire investigation

New technologies onboard: new fire safety issues, including:

  • Safety of battery systems for maritime applications
  • Hydrogen fire and explosion: prevention, mitigation, detection, extinction
  • Augmented reality fire fighting and management

Novel/alternative fire safety systems, including:

  • Detection
  • Extinction/suppression
  • Smoke extraction, ventilation
  • Automated systems, ship automation to support fire safety
  • Drones
  • Autonomous ships

Novel/alternative fire protection:

  • Insulation
  • Boundary cooling, water screen

New maritime construction products (composites, lining, wind screens…):

  • Smoke properties and toxicity
  • Low-flame spread properties
  • Fire insulation properties

Specific ship arrangements and types:

  • Cruise ship fire safety
  • Roro space fire safety, including:
    • Transport of alternative-powered vehicles on ships (roro, ropax, car carriers)
  • Container and cargo ship fire safety
  • Large spaces
  • Open deck fire safety and compartment fire safety
  • Machinery space fire safety
  • Fire prevention during the ship construction process in the shipyards

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Important topics that reflect crashworthiness include:

  • Behaviour of Ro-Pax ships and large passenger vessels in collision and grounding
  • Collision and grounding in arctic conditions
  • Stability and residual strength of damaged ships after collision or grounding
  • Risk assessment of collision and grounding within the context of IMO FSA and beyond
  • Risk control options and new designs for improvement of structural resistance to collisions and groundings
  • The role of IMO, classification societies, and other regulatory bodies

This is the traditional Design for Safety (DfS) conference, which encompasses all matters of risk and formal safety assessment, as well as their impact on the design of ships and offshore structures, whereas all contributors to risk are considered.

Typical topics from previous conferences include (list is not exhaustive):

  • Design for safety
  • Risk-based design
  • Lifecycle risk management
  • Holistic approach to maritime safety
  • Multi-objective optimisation for efficiency and safety
  • Formal safety assessment
  • Safety case approach to maritime systems
  • Ship systems availability and handling in emergencies
  • Passive measures for ship safety enhancement
  • Active measures for safety enhancement
  • Safety of software-controlled systems
  • Risk models
  • Risk acceptance criteria

This thematic area encompasses topics on safety and security of cyber-physical systems and autonomous ships.

It also hosts a session dedicated to the International Seminar on Safety and Security of Autonomous Vessels (ISSAV), focusing on exchanging knowledge about key safety and security challenges and opportunities in the context of autonomous vessels and the autonomous maritime ecosystem.

Typical topics include:

  • Safety, security and cyber-security of cyber-physical systems and autonomous vehicles
  • Maritime autonomous surface ships and their systems
  • Entire autonomous ecosystem and supply chain
  • Innovative approaches (methods and frameworks)
  • Design and operation of safe, secure and sustainable autonomous systems
  • Design of resilient and robust systems for autonomous vessels
  • Digitalisation as technological enabler for safety and security assurance
  • Standardisation of safety methods for autonomous vessels
  • Safety and security integration in the operative context of autonomous maritime systems
  • Safety aspects of autonomous shipping in extreme environments
  • E-safe navigation and collision avoidance
  • Risk models for autonomous ships
  • Testing and verification approaches and tools
  • Regulatory framework analysis and improvements
  • Legal and insurance aspects
  • Social-economic-environmental aspects of autonomous ships
  • Training frameworks and education tolls for safe autonomous ship operations

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