Surveillance, Search and Rescue Craft Conference 2021

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January 13, 2021 - January 14, 2021


The Royal Institution of Naval Architects will continue its successful SURV series of International Conferences now in its tenth edition. The conference will provide a forum for discussion of both military and civilian vessels. We hope to include papers across the full range of vessels, equipment and methods, used by pilot craft, coastguards, and police as well as search and rescue organisations. Topics will include analysis of new designs, applications, and operations of these vessels, as well as review existing vessels and their use across all marine environments.

With ever greater recreational and commercial use of the marine environment there is inevitably a higher rate of incidents where external assistance is required. This increased pressure on resources provides a new set of challenges that organisations need to adapt to, in order to continue to provide their high level of service.

With a focus on smaller and faster vessels, few sectors of the maritime industry have seen greater innovation in design. Both commercial and recreational small craft have benefited from the inspirational ideas of designers – ideas which although perhaps considered revolutionary at the time, have had a longstanding impact on the design of small craft today. This conference aims to review the new and innovative technologies available to the small craft designer and builder.

Conference Topics

Conference topics including but not limited to:

To further investigate the innovation in small craft technology, in all sectors, RINA invites papers from naval architects, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all related topics, including:

  • Design: Practice, philosophies, testing and development
  • New Vessels: Innovative features, trials and evaluation
  • Construction: Materials, techniques and quality control
  • Safety & Regulation: ISO standards, improvements, etc.
  • Equipment: New ideas & products, control systems, navigation, auxiliary equipment
  • Machinery & Propulsion: Power plants, fuel cells, batteries, system layout, propulsion
  • Green Technologies
  • Operation: Practices, training, health & safety, reliability, and vessel deployment
  • Education & training of boat designers & Fabricators.

Selected papers may be published in the Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Register Interest

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Conference fees

Member (Early Bird) £700+VAT=£840

Non-Member (Early Bird) £800+VAT=£960

Member £800+VAT=£960

Non-Member £900+VAT=£1080

Concession £350+VAT=£420

Authors £155+VAT=£180

We offer sponsored conference places for Student Members and Associate Members in full time education. For more information or to request a place, contact Nick Cox at

Call For Papers

To download the Call For Papers

Abstracts may be submitted at Call for Papers

Submit you abstract by 9 November 2020

Conference Venue

8-9 Northumberland Street

The SURV10 conference will be held at the institution’s Headquarters.

8-9 Northumberland Street

London WC2N 5DA UK

Delegates may take advantage of the institution’s membership to stay at Club Quarters, less than one minute’s walk from Headquarters. Click for details of Headquarters and Club Quarters

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Continual Professional Development

Attendance at the RINA conferences and courses qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate