PhD Studentship: Modelling Ship Selection and Operational Usage Decisions Under Uncertainty - Towards a Better Understanding of GHG Emissions in International Shipping

University of Southampton - Fluid Structure Interactions, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

International shipping contributes ~ 3.1% of global GHG emissions, which without change may increase to 20% by 2050. IMO’s EEDI and Rightship’s EVDI provide theoretical GHG ratings for new and existing ships. As GHG efficient ships consume less fuel for the same amount of transport work and should thus in principle be more economical, the hope is that these indices stimulate the markets to self-select towards a preference for GHG efficient ships.

This project will contribute to this area by developing ship selection and operational usage decision models for mainly the charter market (time, voyage, spot) which exhibit various novel characteristics in comparison to current techniques in the literature.

The successful candidate will develop and use stochastic decision models to study: (1) the value (and reliability) of engineering/big data information about ship performance and (2) impact of economic and situational dependent factors. This will be linked to `what if scenarios’ to test the likely (in)effectiveness of various emissions policies.

Candidates must possess a 1st Class Masters-level (or equivalent) qualification and be willing to engage in cross-disciplinary research. The project is ideally suitable for a candidate with an engineering or mathematical sciences background.

You will be ideally placed to communicate the results of the research to national and international decision-makers as well as benefit maritime stakeholders in the ship owning and chartering community. The understanding and communication of results using clear and appropriate language is of utmost importance for this project and you will thus be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

This is a fully-funded PhD at standard UK/EU fees rates with stipend. Candidates must apply via the University application procedure using: 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof. Dominic Hudson, FSI research group, Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2306.

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