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Press Notice No: 077/03

Date: 17/03/2003 13:35:02


The United Kingdom’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), is sponsoring Dr Dimitris Konovessis to be the MCA Lecturer at the Ship Stability Research Centre (SSRC) of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

SSRC was founded six years ago by Professor Dracos Vassalos to create a world-leading team, now numbering over 50 research staff, at the forefront of marine safety research. Staff at the centre played a key role in developing ferry safety standards after the ESTONIA tragedy, and performed the tank test work that first revealed the shortcomings of hatch cover strength of bulk carriers for the Reopened Formal Investigation of the DERBYSHIRE. Current projects include the development of virtual reality ship evacuation simulators to enhance ship layouts for emergency conditions, and PROTEUS, a computer simulator for predicting ship behaviour and wave loads in extreme seas.

MCA’s sponsorship of Dimitris’s lectureship at SSRC demonstrates MCA’s commitment to high quality shipping safety research. As well as developing his own research interests he will assist with MCA projects and keep MCA informed of latest research developments world-wide. This will enable the UK to develop appropriate safety standards and argue for them persuasively at the international level at IMO and Brussels.

Dr Dimitris Konovessis, the MCA Research Lecturer at SSRC, said:

“This sponsorship is part of a long and successful relationship with MCA which helps ensure that our research remains focussed on achieving practical results for improving ship safety and operations.”

Tim Gurr, Shipping Safety Research Manager at MCA added that:

“This is an exciting opportunity for the MCA. We are looking forward to working closely with SSRC at the cutting edge of ship safety research.”


Posted by: Fred Caygill


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The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Duty Press Officer
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