||International Conference on Stability of Ships and Ocean Vehicles
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The very successful series of international conferences on the Stability of Ships and Ocean Vehicles has been running since 1975, and, on behalf of the National Committee, I am very proud that Australia was chosen to host the 7th conference in February 2000. The objectives of the present conference series is to promote a full exchange of methodologies and ideas related to the stability of ships as well as ocean vehicles. It provides an opportunity to professional naval architects, various certifying and inspection authorities, regulatory agencies, capsize prevention researchers, ship and floating platform owners, consultants and operators to present, discuss and listen to improvements in capsize prevention for all sizes and types of floating structures. The most important aspect of any floating object is its ability to remain afloat and upright under all expected conditions. Even this most basic of requirements can elude professionals in the field, usually with very serious consequences. It is therefore vital that all of us who are concerned with the operation and design of ships and ocean vehicles devote the utmost effort to ensuring they are as safe as possible. Only by sharing knowledge and experience can we continue to improve safety, which is the primary motivation for this important conference series.