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Professor John Carlton to chair IMarEST Ship Propulsion Systems (SPS) conference

World-renowned authority on marine propellers and propulsion also releases third edition of Marine Propellers and Propulsion
by John Stevenson

Professor of Marine Engineering, John Carlton, will chair the 3rd Institute of Marine Engineering, Scientists and Technologists (IMarEST) Ship Propulsion Systems Conference, from 20-21 November.

Marine PropellorThis year, the conference will focus on the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Annex VI Tier III requirements and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) formula for the development of increasingly CO2 friendly ship designs.

Conference presentations will detail ways in which the respective requirements might be met and where there are concerns for the impact they will have on the future of marine propulsion. Also receiving emphasis over the course of the conference will be the developing situation with respect to fuels and lubricants, their availability and alternatives, and the contribution of hull devices and propulsion devices to the improvement of vessel efficiency.

Prof Carlton sheds further light on the origin and development of the ship propulsion conference:

"The first SPS conference examined the importance of the interaction between the ship hydrodynamics, propulsion train and the mode of the prime mover. The second illustrated how to improve engine performance and economy through the application of the most up-to-date technologies and examined the latest shaft and propeller developments. This year, driven by regulation, we will focus on Annex VI Tier III requirements and the EEDI formula."

Prof Carlton, the immediate past president (2010-2011) of the IMarEST, is an authority on ship propellers and propulsion systems and is also the Chairman of the Royal Academy of Engineering's Working Group on Alternative Methods of Ship Propulsion.

Considered the bible of the subject within industry and academic circles, the third edition of Prof Carlton's Marine Propellers and Propulsion has recently been published by Butterworth-Heinemann.

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