University of Strathclyde (UoS) Symposium Event Presented by UoS - Western Europe Section


Please note - Registration will close on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  A link to join the webinar will be emailed to you on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. 

Presentation 1
"Safety Analysis of the Navigation System of Autonomous Ships"

Autonomous vessels are approaching reality. Before the launching of unmanned and fully autonomous vessels, it is essential that their safety is assessed in order to ensure that they will not pose any security and environmental threat.

It is expected that Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) are likely to experience more hazards with high risk levels than the conventional vessels. One of the systems that requires careful attention is the navigational system. It is important to find ways to enhance the safety of the system and mitigate the risk level of the various hazards.

This presentation will provide information for a better understanding of MASS as well as safety assurance techniques that are widely used nowadays. Accident data for conventional ships together with collision avoidance systems that have been implemented in various industries are also examined. Areas that require special attention were identified and a research issue was selected for deeper investigation. The various systems of MASS and the hazards related to their safe operation were also identified.        

Markella Pikouni, MEng Student SMSNAME SMRINA
Markella Pikouni is a 5th year undergraduate student studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She has so far achieved a pass with distinction in her previous four academic years. She received the 2019 SNAME Greek Section Scholarship and ABS Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding performance and academic excellence. She also won the first prize at the student project competition of IMarEST and was amongst the 9 finalists from the UK in the Maritime Masters competition. She was the first Chairman of the UoS IMarEST Student Section and the Vice Chairman of the UoS SNAME Student Section for the academic year 2019-2020. Furthermore, she is a student member of SNAME, RINA, IESIS and IMarEST. During 2019 she completed a summer internship at Hellenic Lloyd's S.A. During this time, she gained valuable experience and knowledge working within the Marine Management System Office (MMSO), the Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) and the Piraeus Technical Support Office (PTSO) of Hellenic Lloyd's.

Presentation 2
"Shipbuilders and Engineers, 500 Years of Ship Design"

There have been many people, which over the last 500 years have enabled the development of shipbuilding worldwide. Some as navy officers, and others as scientists and engineers, have worked to improve the knowledge and methodology of design and build ships. This conference describes the lives and work of ship-owners, engineers, shipwrights and naval architects who shaped our present.

The history of the word has been decisively linked to the marine engineering, their ships and men, back in the 15th century, when they undertook the exploration beyond the world known. For example, naval architecture practical applications started around mid-18th century when the concept of metacentric height and righting arm were introduced for the first time by Pierre Bouguer, who published the first treatise of naval architecture in 1746, Traité du navire, which among other achievements first explained the use of the metacentre as a measure of ships´ stability. Or Fredrik Henrik auf Chapman, during the same period, is credited as the first person to apply scientific methods to shipbuilding and is the author of Architectura Navalis Mercatoria in 1768, however, it was the Treatise on shipbuilding who became the author as one of the leading experts on shipbuilding in the world.

During the conquest of the oceans, it was necessary to make available charts and navigation tools and enhance ships as well, which led to the development of industries such as logging, rope factories, rigging and sails, and tar. Ports and dockyards were also built. Shipbuilders, officers, sailors, gunners and other dockyard personnel were trained, capable of maintaining the machinery, at that time primarily military, of more sophisticated and complex of that time. All of these was the kick-off of our current shipbuilding industry.

Rodrigo Perez Fernandez, PhD MSc CEng CMarEng FRINA MSNAME MCOIN MMarESt 

Marine Business Unit Area Manager, Naval Shipbuilding, SENER, Madrid, Spain

He has MSc and PhD in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. CEng and CMarEng. MSNAME, FRINA and MIMarEST.

He is a Professor in the Marine Engineering School of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He conducts lectures on Shipbuilding History as well as other subjects.

He is also employed by SENER, a Spanish engineering company for fifteen years. Currently he is the Head of Naval Shipbuilding Area at SENER.

In the past, he was CAD & PLM Consultant and Project Manager working in different projects around the Globe.

He has published several books and written more than one hundred technical papers about marine engineering.