Welcome to the International Marine Design Conference (IMDC) website


  • Due to venue access procedures, we are no longer accepting new registrations for IMDC.
  • Payments are still accepted under the link here.
  • IMDC proceedings available online here

The 15th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2024) is organized by the Department of Maritime and Transport Technology, Delft University of Technology, and is hosted by the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation at the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA). The aim of the IMDC is to promote all aspects of marine design as an engineering discipline. The focus of this year is on the key design challenges and opportunities in the maritime field with special emphasis on the topics below. 

  • Ship design methodology issues such as: design spiral, systems engineering, set-based design, design optimisation, concurrent design, modular design, configuration based design, or “fuzzy” design aspects. 
  • Novel marine design concepts, such as: hull form design, transport ships, service vessels, naval vessels, yachts and cruise ships, or specialized and complex vessels. 
  • Offshore structure design methodologies, such as applications to: offshore wind turbines, semi-submersibles, floating fish farms, or floating cities. 
  • Influence of energy transition on maritime design, including both zero emission and high power and energy systems.
  • Influence of unmanned and autonomous transition on maritime design.
  • Influence of digital transition on maritime design, such as: digital shadows and twins, model-based systems engineering, AI, ML and big data. 
  • Influence of regulations on maritime design.
  • Fleet and transportation systems design.
  • Maritime design education.

This year we are introducing a "Best Student Paper Award". More details can be found in the "Abstract and Paper Instructions / Best Student Paper Award" page. The official language is English. Abstracts and full papers will be peer-reviewed by the committee on a rolling basis, with notification to authors sent out within 4 weeks of submission. For additional information please contact the local organizing Chair, Associate Professor Austin Kana, contact@IMDC-info.com.

Key Dates:

  • June 1, 2023: Abstract submission window opens (rolling review and acceptance)
  • October 31, 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
  • As soon as possible, 2023: All notifications for abstract acceptance sent 
  • February 23, 2024: Deadline for paper submission (rolling review and acceptance)
  • As soon as possible: Final paper review notification
  • May 1, 2024: Deadline for final paper submission
  • May 15, 2024: Conference program available
  • June 2-6, 2024: Conference


The conference is organized by TU Delft, and hosted by the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation at the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam (MEA).