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Webinar: Greener Propulsion w/ Retrofit Gate Rudder Systems

Sat, 28 May, 2022

The GATERS project presents the first webinar: Greener Propulsion Using Retrofit Gate Rudder Systems.

The webinar provides an overview of the H2020 GATERS project and the developments in the project, including updates from Japan on Gate Rudder Systems Developments, Gate Rudder Design Hydrodynamics, structural design, and model tank tests.

The webinar is available HERE.



  • Introduction to H2020 Project GATERS - Professor Mehmet Atlar
  • States of the art Gate Rudder technology and applications in Japan - Professor Noriyuki Sasaki
  • Hydrodynamic design and optimization of Gate Rudder as a Propulsion System - Dr Batuhan Aktas, CEng
  • Structural design, analysis and optimization of the Gate Rudder Blade - Dr. XING SUN
  • Gate Rudder Powering Performance, Based on Model Tests & Some Challenges - Professor Emin Korkut
  • Q&A


Speaker biographies

Professor Mehmet Atlar

University of Strathclyde

Professor Atlar has led and participated in more than 90 R&D projects and supervised 29 successful PhDs. He was a regular member of the ITTC Advisory Council and four other technical committees, as well as organising and chairing eight international conferences. He has published more than 340 papers in journals and conferences, with 24 invited and keynote papers and presentations. He was the project champion for designing and commissioning Newcastle University’s research catamaran, “The Princess Royal”.

Since 2014, Prof Atlar has been engaged in various R&D programmes of the gate rudder concept, and he is currently coordinating the European Commission-funded H2020 innovation project Gaters with 18 European partners and a 6m EUR budget.

He is the professor of naval hydrodynamics in the department of naval architecture, ocean and marine engineering (NAOME) at the University of Strathclyde and lectures mainly on ship powering. He worked for the UK maritime industry (BMT) as the principal research officer and later for Newcastle University as the professor of ship hydrodynamics, and was responsible for the directorship of the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel before moving to the University of Strathclyde in 2016.


Professor Noriyuki Sasaki

University of Strathclyde

Professor Sasaki is a leading ship design expert with 40 years of experience, which varies from industrial (1974-2004) to academic (2005-2022). He joined Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. where he initially worked as the team leader of hydrodynamics group. Later he moved to the ship design department of SHI where he contributed to many novel projects. These included design of the world’s first ice-going DAT (Double Acting Tankers). In 2005, Professor Sasaki was appointed as the director of the propulsion group at NMRI (National Maritime Research Institute) and later, senior director of research.

After retirement from NMRI, Professor Sasaki was invited to Newcastle University in 2013 as a visiting professor and later, in 2016, to the University of Strathclyde to work as a visiting scholar, together with Professor Mehmet Atlar, to develop the Gate Rudder concept further, in collaboration with a Japanese industry consortium.


Dr Batuhan Atkas

University of Strathclyde

Batuhan is a chartered naval architect with a PhD in naval hydrodynamics and a diverse professional career encompassing a breadth of knowledge as a researcher in experimental and numerical marine hydrodynamics and as a senior engineer in the offshore energy sector.

He is the project manager for the Gaters project and the work package leader for the development of the best design and analysis procedures for the project’s gate rudder system.


Dr Xing Sun


Xing is currently the team leader and principal engineer in the fatigue and fracture integrity management section, with over 12 years’ industry and research experience in the field of structural integrity (residual stress, fracture, fatigue, etc.), especially for ship and offshore structures. Xing is responsible for maintaining and developing TWI business in the area of fatigue and fracture analysis, assessment, testing and consultancy through identifying, proposing and managing a range of projects, meeting client schedules, budgets and technical requirements.


Professor Emin Korkut

Istanbul Technical University

Professor Korkut is the Dean of the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Istanbul Technical University and has over 30 years of experience in numerical and experimental hydrodynamics, ship propulsion and systems, propellers, cavitation, noise, sustainable marine transport, anti-fouling paint studies, EEDI, and more.

He served on the Propulsion and Hydrodynamic Noise Committees of the ITTC since 2005 and has contributed to European Commission-funded projects, including DEXTREMEL and OPTIPOD under the EU FP5 and SONIC under FP7 as well as the Gaters project as the project coordinator of ITU.