||Carlos Guedes Soares, Wolfgang Fricke
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The authors of this book book collected the papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Marine Structures (MARSTRUCT) held in 2011in Hamburg, Germany 28 to 30 March. This Conference follows up from the initial ones that were held in Glasgow, Scotland and in Lisbon, Portugal, respectively in 2007 and 2009. These conferences aim at bringing together industrial participants and researchers who are concerned with structural design and analysis of marine structures. Despite the availability of several conferences about ships and offshore structures, it was felt that there was still no conference series specially dedicated to marine structures, which would be the niche for these conferences. The initial impetus and support has been given by the Network of Excellence on Marine Structures, which was funded by the European Union from 2005 to 2010, bringing together thirty three European research groups from various Universities, research institutions, industrial companies and class societies dedicated to research in the area of marine structures. With the end of this EU project, a new organisation was created to maintain the cooperation ties among the groups that work in this general area. The MARSTRUCT Virtual Institute was created in 2010, with the aim of being an association of research groups interested in cooperating in the field of marine structures. It started with the same members as the participants in the Network of Excellence but in the near future it is open to accept the membership of other European groups that have the same aims.