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The New Nuclear Dawn? - A Carbon Free Solution to Merchant Ship Propulsion




18.00 Registration; 18.30 Lecture; 20.00 Refreshments and Networking

In response to concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, ship owners and shipbuilders recently have shown considerable interest in the potential for a renaissance in the nuclear propulsion of large merchant ships. Presently there are only around 200 nuclear reactors serving at sea; these are for the most part in naval ships and submarines but also in some vessels considered to be in the merchant sector. Since the time of the first nuclear powered submarine some 700 nuclear power plants have seen service at sea and, for the most part, these have been of the pressurised water reactor type.

This lecture will examine the applicable ship sectors as well as the operational, public perception, regulatory, technical and training challenges that would result from widespread adoption by the marine industry of nuclear propulsion in the merchant fleets of the world

Professor John Carlton spent his early career in the Royal Naval Scientific Service and then moved to the ship propulsion industry.  In 1975 he joined Lloyd’s Register and served in various engineering and research capacities, eventually becoming Global Head of Marine Technology.  Currently he is Professor of Marine Engineering at City University London as well as being President Elect of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.  Professor Carlton also serves on a number of international committees related to maritime affairs.

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners was formed in 1926 and provides practical support to the education of mariners, through an apprenticeship / mentoring scheme. It has also developed programmes to support mid-career mariners who wish to broaden their educational base, through initiatives such as the MSc in Maritime Operations and Management at City University London.

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12.00am - 12.00amWednesday 27th October 2010

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