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Shallow Water



5th International Conference on Ship Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water

with non-exclusive focus on manoeuvring in waves, wind and current

20 - 22 May 2019, Ostend, Belgium

The 5th MASHCON will be held from May 20th to 22nd, 2019 in Ostend, Belgium. The conference offers researchers and experts the possibility to discuss the latest developments in research and practice related to ship manoeuvring in shallow and confined water.

After successful conferences on bank effects (Antwerp, May 2009), ship - ship interaction (Trondheim, May 2011), ship behaviour in locks (Ghent, June 2013), interaction with the bottom (Hamburg, 2016), the 5th edition will pay particular attention to manoeuvring in waves, wind and current. The conference will be organized by Flanders Hydraulics Research and the Maritime Technology Division of Ghent University. Ocean Engineering will publish a Special Issue based upon the conference.

Conference topics

Manoeuvring in waves, wind and current


  • Measurements and experiments in relationship to the behaviour of ships
  • Numerical studies
  • Wave, wind and current characteristics in shallow water
  • Mathematical manoeuvring models
  • Operational performance and safety issues

Related topics

  • Shallow water effects on ship manoeuvring
  • Ship - bank interaction and other confined water effects
  • Ship - ship interaction, including overtaking, encountering, passing moored vessels, lightering, replenishment and ship-tug interaction
  • Squat and other vertical motions in shallow water
  • Ship - fender interaction

The papers presented on the conference cover experience from different points of view:

  • Field observations
  • Experimental results
  • Numerical calculations, including CFD
  • Practical aspects
  • Simulation models for training and research

Benchmark data

To open a joined research effort on the validation and verification of different research methods, the Knowledge Centre Manoeuvring in Shallow and Confined Water has selected model test data which were obtained during the execution of seakeeping tests with the DTC container carrier in the framework of the European SHOPERA project. The benchmark data are both captive and free running model tests with the DTC at full draft in calm water and in waves. The conference organisers would particularly welcome papers which focus on comparisons between the output of numerical models with the benchmark model test data.

The data can be obtained by mailing to A digital version of the benchmark data will then be sent to you, along with an accompanying paper describing the experimental set-up.

The benchmark data which were made available for the previous MASHCON conferences are also still available for interested parties.

Call for papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit an abstract of 250 to 300 words on conference subjects or related topics to before 3 September 2018. You will receive a confirmation that your abstract has been received. Please do not expect a confirmation of receipt before 16 August 2018.

The official language of the conference is English. The abstracts should include titles, affiliations and complete addresses of all authors and will be reviewed by an international scientific committee, which is composed of:

  • Dr. Carl-Uwe Böttner, BAW, Germany
  • Dr. Larry Daggett, Waterway Simulation Technology, USA
  • Dr. Guillaume Delefortrie, Flanders Hydraulics Research, Belgium
  • Dr. Jonathan Duffy, Australian Maritime College, Australia
  • Prof. Bettar Ould el Moctar, ISMT, University of Duisburg Essen, Germany
  • Prof. Katrien Eloot, Flanders Hydraulics Research, Belgium
  • Prof. Yoshitaka Furukawa, Department of Marine Systems Engineering, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Dr. Tim Gourlay, Perth Hydro Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Prof. Alexander Härting, Department of Maritime Studies, Jade University Elsfleth, Germany
  • Prof. Katsuro Kijima, Nagasaki Institute of Applied Science, Japan
  • Prof. Yonghwan Kim, Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Prof. Nikolai Kornev, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, University of Rostock, Germany
  • Dr. Evert Lataire, Division of Maritime Technology, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Prof. Bjørnar Pettersen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Mr. Frans Quadvlieg, MARIN, The Netherlands
  • Mr. Marc Steinwand, Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt Potsdam GmbH, Germany
  • Prof. Marc Vantorre, Division of Maritime Technology, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Assoc. Prof. Michael Woodward, Australian Maritime College, Australia
  • Prof. Hironori Yasukawa, Department of Transportation and Environmental Systems, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Prof. Zao-Jian Zou, School of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Special Issue of Ocean Engineering

Once an abstract is accepted, authors will be expected to write and submit a full paper, which will also be reviewed by the international scientific committee. The papers that pass the review process and that are presented at the conference, will be published in a special issue of Ocean Engineering after the Journal's own review.

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