Improvements of ship safety through stability research and innovations

Fai Cheng (Speaker), Hirdaris, S. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture


Design of a safe ship is by far the most fundamental goal of a naval architect; the corner stone of ship safety is intact and damage stability. Determination of what is safe, however, has been the subject of continuous and relentless endeavours by the profession as well as regulators and Class Societies. For more than two centuries the maritime industry has relied on the technical rules developed by Classification Societies as the basis for safe design as well as standards supported by the regulations set down by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and by national government. This keynote reviews past lessons, discusses the relationships between Class and Statutory Regulations and the general approach to maritime technology and innovation for ship safety with particular reference to stability through the exploitation of the outcomes from research. It also outlines some thoughts on the potential pull through of the results from research on naval architecture and ship operations.
Period23 Sep 201228 Sep 2012
Event titleInternational Conference on the Stability of Ships and Ocean Vehicles: null
Event typeConference
Conference number11
LocationAthens, Greece
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Safety
  • Stability
  • Classification
  • Regulation
  • Shipping
  • Technology
  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Design