Workshop on SOLAS 2020 – Meeting the New Challenges

Organised by the MSRC and the department of Naval architecture, Ocean and Marine engineering


  • 9-12 October 2018


This course aims to provide: 

  • in-depth explanation of the theoretical background, nature and meaning of deterministic and probabilistic frameworks, rules and criteria for damage stability and survivability assessment for all relevant ship types, with particular emphasis on RoPax and cruise ships.
  • demonstration through worked examples of the design implications deriving from the new rules and from using combined deterministic and probabilistic instruments.
  • elaboration of Risk-Based Design as a general methodology for supporting probabilistic frameworks for ship safety assessment and in particular, design optimisation for damage survivability using the new rules for damage stability.
  • hands-on experience on implementation of SOLAS 2020 to the design of representative RoPax and cruise ships using typical Naval Architecture CAD/Design tools and proven in-house software.

Course organiser

The Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering of the University of Strathclyde is one of the largest and most research active in the marine sector with a history that goes back over one-and-a-quarter centuries. One of our prominent research groups, the world-first of its kind, the Maritime Safety Research Centre (MSRC), is a centre of excellence in partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises and the largest Classification Society, DNV-GL. MSRC addresses all matters of safety and is responsible for conceptualising and promulgating the new design paradigm “Design for Safety”.

Expected Benefits

Applying SOLAS 2020 is a good example where fostering experience by using all available expertise is now a must. It is indeed vital that industry gains in-depth understanding of the theory and practical applicability of the new rules for damage stability as well as appreciation of the level of safety offered by these rules and the degrees of freedom implicit in the rules, particularly the alternative design and approaches. Equally as important is know-how in using this understanding to exploit the freedom offered by the probabilistic rules to harness innovation and meet societal demand for higher safety standards cost-effectively. Drawing from considerable knowledge, expertise and experience, this course will address these needs, aiming to equip delegates with skills, which can be applied in the short- and medium-term to turn the challenges presented by the new rules to exploitable opportunities in ship design and operation. The gap between research and application has now narrowed to the point where technology transfer and training can be most effective.  The course material will provide ample back up and reference to “tools” and techniques of addressing damage stability and survivability whilst tutorials and hands-on examples will ensure that delegates will gain maximum immediate benefit.