By Wu Y.-S. (ed.), Cui W.-C. (ed.), Zhou G.-Y. (ed.)

This lawsuits comprises the papers provided on the eighth foreign Symposium on sensible layout of Ships and different Floating constructions held in China in September 2001 - the 1st PRADS of the twenty first Century.The total target of PRADS symposia is to strengthen the layout of ships and different floating constructions as a qualified self-discipline and technological know-how via replacing wisdom and selling dialogue of appropriate themes within the fields of naval structure and marine and offshore engineering. according to the purpose, in welcoming the hot period, this Symposium is meant to extend foreign co-operation and provides a momentum for the hot improvement of layout and creation know-how of ships and different floating constructions for potency, financial system, security, and environmental production.The major topics of this Symposium are layout Synthesis, creation, Hydrodynamics, buildings and fabrics of Ships and Floating structures. Proposals for over 270 papers from 26 nations and areas in the subject matters have been acquired for PRADS 2001, and approximately a hundred and seventy papers have been authorised for presentation on the symposium. With the prime quality of the proposed papers the neighborhood setting up Committee had a tough activity to make a balanced choice and to manage the complete variety of papers for becoming into the allotted time agenda authorized by way of the status Committee of PRADS.Volume I covers layout synthesis, creation and a part of hydrodynamics. quantity II includes the remainder of hydrodynamics, and constructions and fabrics

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Thus efforts to reduce the frequency of accidents and reduce their consequence can be considered as efforts to reduce risk. Conversely, if safety is improved, one can assume that risk is reduced. Certainly, structural safety is not the only aspect of shipping which relates to risk, and in fact I believe it is a smaller part of the risk equation than many other factors such as human error and operational issues. However, the concept of risk assessment and risk management is something that enables us engineers to consider structural safety in the context of the whole safety equation.

We will adopt flexible policies of vessel-chartering tactic in accordance with the changes of market demand and supply, aiming at annually increasing the proportion of chartered vessels. As to the adjustment of voyage structure, more efforts will be made to the issues of network-planning and deployment of resources, sticking to the strategy of setting up transshipment hub around the world. Furthermore, much attention will be paid to obtaining long-term contracts and fundamental customs by providing with value-added and discrepancy of services in the field of sales & marketing sector.

In order to provide the specialized services, and accomplish their own sde-economy as well, some shipping companies with foresight are ready to provide the “mass customization” services, which can satisfy both sides. To provide the service, the ships are getting larger and pushing forward with the middle-sized and small-sized ships’ development in the meantime. At the same time ship’s speed is increasing. At the moment, the designed speeds of post-panamax containership are between 25-27 knots. According to some reports, many shipyards and shipping companies are designing the ships whose capacity is 8000-12000 TEU, and the speed is up to 30 knots.

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