The Western Europe Section's 12th Annual Symposium was held on Friday 24th February 2023 at the University of Strathclyde.

The event consisted of 8 presentations from Industry and Academia on the topical theme of "Decarbonisation" followed by presentations from the 1st and 2nd place awardees in the 2022 WES Paper Contest.

Presentations were given by Edwin Pang (Arcsilea and RINA IMO Committee Chair), Prof. Evangelos Boulougouris (UoS), Keith Hutchinson (Safinah Group), David Connolly (Silverstream Technologies), Gavin Allwright (Windship Association), John Grant (Wartsila), George Mallouppas (CMMI/Green Marine) and Abdullahi Daya (UoS). Paper Contest winners were Luis Gonzales Blasco and Jaime Perez Fernandez.

Speakers were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, and a much sort after SNAME WES mug. The Paper contest awardees were presented with a Medal, Certificate and SNAME mug.

Thanks go to the University of Strathclyde for hosting the event and the Strathclyde Student Section for their assistance. Antonis Michail, the current Student Section Chair was awarded his Certificate of Appreciation for his term in office form the WES Section Chair.


(L-R) Keith Lilley, Edwin Pang

(L-R) Keith Lilley, Evangelos Boulougouris

(L-R) John Grant, Keith Lilley

(L-R) Keith Lilley, Antonis Michail (Student Chair)

(L-R) Gavin Allwright, George Mallouppas, Keith Lilley, Abdullahi Daya, David Connolly and Keith Hutchinson


(L-R) University of Strathclyde SNAME Student Section Committee

The medallists presented their papers at the 12th Annual Symposium of the Western Europe Section held at the University of Strathclyde on 24th February 2023.

1st Prize              Luis Gonzales Blasco        “Design of an Engine Room of a Frigate to reach 34 Knots”

2nd Prize             Jaime Perez Martinez        “Education and Research Diplomacy on the Road to Decarbonisation”


(L-R) Viviana Carta (YP Chair and Paper Contest Coordinator), Keith Lilley (JRVP-International and Section Chair), Luis Gonzales Blasco (UPM, 1st Prize winner) and Keith W. Hutchinson (Paper/Content Chair)


(L-R) Rodrigo Perez Fernandez (Faculty Advisor, UPM) and Jaime Perez Martinez (UPM, 2nd Prize winner)

Networking Event

WES in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde held a networking event on Saturday, 25th February. The event centred around a visit to the Denny Tank at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton.

The Denny tank was the world’s first commercial ship model experiment tank. The facility was in the shipyard of Denny Brothers, builders of the famous Cutty-Sark and inventors of the Denny helicopter, Denny hovercraft and Denny-Brown stabilisers. The museum still exhibits the world of the bygone ship designer in William Denny’s drawing office with related equipment. The museum also includes ship models, photographs and historic objects in the Propeller shop.

The event was well supported with 26 attendees.