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Welcome to the 8th smp - Symposium on Marine Propulsors , Berlin, Germany

The 8th Symposium on Marine Propulsors (smp`24) will be held in Berlin, Germany (orig. Egypt) from to .

Since its inception in the smp has provided a forum to promote scientific advancement, technological progress, information exchange, and cooperation among engineers and researchers working in the domain of marine propulsors and other related fields. The symposium takes place every two years in different locations all over the world and traditionally attracts a variety of international delegates, including theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects. For further information of the series of Symposiums on Marine Propulsors take a look at the permanent website.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 8th International Symposium on Marine Propulsors in Berlin. The symposium is organized by the University of Port Said (PSU) and the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in cooperation with SINTEF Ocean and NTNU.


The smp`24 Website is online.
The conference tool for paper submission and registration is online:
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to .
The deadline for paper submission has been extended to .
The deadline for paper submission has been extended to .
The symposium location will change to Germany.
The deadline for paper submission has been extended to .
The symposium location was changed to Berlin, Germany.
The symposium program is now available.

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts due
Acceptance of abstracts mailing date
Submission of papers due
Acceptance of papers mailing date
Early registration deadline
Submission of final paper update due
Symposium - , 2024


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Germany, Europe's most populous nation with an impressive blend of history, economic dynamics and cultural diversity, embodies a fascinating synthesis of tradition and innovation.

As a world-renowned industrial nation, Germany plays a key role in exploring and shaping the future of the maritime industry. Its location in the centre of Europe, with connections to both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, makes it an ideal location for specialized shipbuilding. The Kiel Canal, the world's busiest artificial waterway, is located in the north of the country and efficiently connects the countries bordering the Baltic Sea with the major industrial centres in western Europe. In addition to tradition and innovation, the German shipbuilding industry has a strong focus on sustainability. Technologies are being developed to optimize energy consumption, reduce emissions and integrate environmentally friendly propulsion systems.

Symposium Venue: Berlin

In spite — or because of — its eventful history, Berlin is a very attractive city with many facets. In addition to museums, memorial sites and exciting architecture, Berlin has numerous shopping miles, restaurants, cafés and recreational opportunities. With an area of around 891 square kilometers and 3.6 million inhabitants, it is the largest city in the country.

Numerous research institutes and universities in and around Berlin, such as the Technical University or ship model basin in Potsdam, are focusing on interdisciplinary cooperation in order to meet the challenges of the maritime future.

The 4-star symposium venue — the Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin — is located within the Moabit district, just a few subway stations from the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.


The symposium venue Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin offers our participants spacious and modern double rooms for single use. We highly recommend to conveniently take advantage of our special conference rates to live here during your stay.

For your convenience we have blocked rooms for the Symposium. As the number of reserved rooms is limited, please book as soon as possible. Once you have registered for participation via our conference tool, please go to Summary of Your Selected Options for additional information on how to take advantage of our special conference rates.

Room rates (incl. breakfast) Early-bird rates1) Regular conference rates2)
Double room for single use EUR 114.00 EUR 124.00
Double room EUR 132.00 EUR 142.00
  1. Early-bird rates: rate per night, reservation before
  2. Regular conference rates: rate per night, reservation after

You will find a description on how to make reservations at the Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin and take advantage of our special conference rates upon registration.

Several other hotels are in the neighbourhood. For more information, please visit the respective websites.


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Most participants will arrive at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), located on the outskirts of Berlin.

The distance to the conference venue and the nearby hotels is roughly 39 km. There are several options to reach the conference venue from the airport:

For guests arriving by train at Berlin main station:

Original Venue: Hurghada, Egypt

Aware of the fact that the current unpredictable situation in the Middle East is causing a feeling of insecurity and uneasiness for most of us. Although Egypt is not immediately involved in the current warfare, we understand and respect the concerns that have been communicated to us.

In view of these very unpleasant circumstances, we have therefore decided to relocate the upcoming smp`24 Symposium to Berlin, Germany. This decision has not been easy for us and we deeply regret disappointing those of you who were looking forward to visiting Egypt and its beautiful Red Sea region. However, we trust that you will understand our decision.

Egypt is located in both Africa and Asia, forming a bridge between the two continents. The sea route between Southeast Asia and Europe and the West Coast of the USA runs via the Suez Canal. Egypt thus remains committed to its role as an important link between the world's cultures.

The cultural history of Egypt dates back to the time of the Pharaohs. Ancient Egypt was one of the first civilisations and strongly influenced later cultures in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The millennia-old architectural monuments in the fertile Nile Valley include the colossal pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as the hieroglyphic-covered walls of the Karnak Temple and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Shipbuilding in Egypt has a tradition of more than 5000 years.

Registration & Submission

For making the registration and paper submission process as convenient as possible, use the conference tool: Once you have created an account, you can use the tool to upload your abstract/paper, pay the conference fee and even see the status of your paper and payment. Creating this account is free of charge.

A kind request to participants from the EU: In order to reduce the organisational costs, we would be grateful if you could pay the participation fee preferably by bank transfer / wire transfer (than by PayPal).

Workshop Fees

Early (until ) Regular
Participants 850 € 950 €
Authors 750 € 850 €
Students 650 € 750 €
Accompanying Persons 100 € 100 €

All rates include welcome reception, tea-breaks, conference dinner and farewell reception. Rates for regular delegates and students additionally include entrance to all sessions, registration materials and electronic proceedings.

For on-site registration there will be an additional charge of 100 €.

Abstract and Paper Submission

Please use the conference tool for abstract and paper submission: For information on topics, extent, style etc. please refer to the following documents:

For each paper one unique author must participate.




Chair Committee

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kourosh Koushan Norway
Prof. Dr. Sverre Steen Norway

International Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud Germany
Prof. Dr. Jun Ando Japan
Prof. Dr. Jacques André Astolfi France
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Atlar UK
Prof. Dr. Rickard Bensow Sweden
Prof. Dr. Neil Bose Canada
Dr. Stefano Brizzolara USA
Prof. Dr. John Carlton UK
Prof. Dr. Jose Falcao de Campos Portugal
Dr. Mario Felli Italy
Prof. Dr. Ching-Yeh Hsin Chinese Taipei
Dr. Ki-Han Kim USA
Prof. Dr. Spyros Kinnas USA
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kourosh Koushan Norway
Prof. Dr. Gerasimos Politis Greece
Prof. Dr. Shin Hyung Rhee Korea
Dr. Francesco Salvatore Italy
Dr. Antonio Sanchez-Caja Finland
Prof. Dr. Sverre Steen Norway
Prof. Dr. Tom van Terwisga Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Brian Veitch Canada
Prof. Dr. Chen-Jun Yang China
Prof. Dr. Yin Lu Young USA

Local Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ayman Mohamed Port Said University (PSU) Egypt
Prof. Dr. Rawya Yehia Rizk Port Said University (PSU) Egypt
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Laila Kamar Port Said University (PSU) Egypt
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Moustafa Abdel-Maksoud Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) Germany
Dr.-Ing. Ulf Göttsche Hamburg University of Technology Germany
Helen Ketelsen Hamburg University of Technology Germany

Port Said University (PSU)

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The University of Port Said (PSU) is an Egyptian state university serving the city of Port Said and the surrounding area. It was established as an independent university in . Previously it was a branch of the Suez Canal University and consists of thirteen faculties. The Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department at PSU is one of the oldest departments in this field in Egypt. The department grants BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees, in addition to research and consulting, including design, building, and operation of different marine applications and vessels.

Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)

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The Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is one of the newest and most successful universities of technology in Germany. It was founded in with the aim of promoting structural change in the region. Today, 100 professors and around 1200 employees (of whom 614 are research associates) work at TUHH. With approximately 7300 students, there is a healthy staff/student ratio. Amongst Life Sciene Technologies and Green Technologies, Aviation and Maritime Systems is one of three major areas of research the TUHH focusses on.

A special feature of the university is its subdivision into research focuses instead of faculties, which enables closer cooperation between the various institutes. Shipbuilding is one of the university's main areas of research and a leader in Germany in the field of ship and marine technology.

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Institut für Fluiddynamik und Schiffstheorie (M-8)
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