The 7th International Maritime Conference on Design for Safety (DfS 2018) will be held in Kobe, Japan, from 16th to 21st of September 2018.

What's New

7 Sep 2018
Final Program Uploaded
17 Aug 2018
Program Updated
20 July 2018
Tentative Program Announced
30 Oct 2017
Abstract submission deadline is extended to 30th Nov., 2017.
18 Aug 2017
DfS2018 website is open.

Call for Papers

The concept of the "Design for Safety" has been advocated among IMO and European Countries and continues to gain momentum. The key issue is to address ship safety cost-effectively. Here, safety is not treated as a design constraint and a limiting factor of ship profitability but as design objective aiming to enhance the value of the designed ship at the competitive safety-conscious market.

For promoting the theme "Design of Safety", the Conference expects participation and support by Administrations, Classification Societies, Universities, Research Institutes, Ship Design Offices, Shipbuilding and Shipping industries, Oil and Gas and other industries with knowledge-intensive, safety-critical products from all over the world to exchange the latest information and innovative ideas.

All people who intend to present papers, are invited to submit original, unpublished papers in one or more of the topics such as,

  • Framework on Design for Safety
  • Methodology/Application on Design for Safety
  • Human factors
  • Ship and System Resilience
  • Structural Reliability
  • Live saving approaches
  • Big Data for Improved Safety

Please send the abstracts with an approximate length of 300~500 words. The web site for abstract submission should be posted on this website.

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts:
31, Oct., 2017 >>> 30, Nov., 2017
Abstract acceptance Notification:
30, Nov., 2017
Submission of papers:
28, Feb., 2018
Paper acceptance notification:
31, May, 2018
Camera ready submission:
30, June, 2018


The conference will be held together with the 13th International Conference on Stability of Ships and Ocean Vehicles (STAB2018) at the same venue and the same period for forming wider community of maritime safety. The participants are allowed to attend both conferences without additional fee. Visit STAB2018 home page

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