Igor Bačkalov Dipl.-Ing. AMRINA

Igor Bačkalov Dipl.-Ing. AMRINA Serbia


I graduated from the Department of Naval Architecture in theUniversity of Belgrade, Serbia in 2003. Immediately after the
graduation I have enrolled postgraduate studies and got theopportunity to work as a teaching and research assistant in the same Department I graduated from.

As a naval architect employed in an institution dedicated to continuous research of practical issues of ship science, I had the opportunity to gain experience in both research projects and engineering assignments. 

I have participated in long-term technology research associated with future developments in design and operation of seagoing and inland cargo vessels. My postgraduate research was focused on nonlinear motions of ships in realistic / extreme weather conditions, and development of innovative risk-based ship stability regulations. I have published a number of scientific papers.

I am proud to be a member of the team awarded by the RINA-Lloyd’s Register Ship Safety Award for 2007, for contribution “Development of Risk-Based Ship Stability Regulations”. I regard this award as an exceptional honor and my greatest accomplishment to the day.

I was lucky to be engaged in interesting engineering tasks, as diverse as vibration measurements on board inland vessels on the Danube; assessment of buoyancy and stability of atypical floating structures equipped with large cranes (used in construction of bridges); seakeeping of a jack-up rig in wet tow in the South China Sea; a salvage operation of damaged and grounded cargo ship in

Throughout the years, I have obtained strong background in inland waterway transport (policy, regulations, technology), particularly on the Danube River. Due to engagement in European R&D transport projects, I have developed interest in transport economics. I was a member of the expert group on external costs in inland navigation, in FP6 Coordination Action IMPRINT-NET. 

Being a researcher in the field of naval architecture is a motivating job, which gives one an opportunity to work on exciting tasks in interesting, often international environment and to contribute to the future of the industry. 


Update:  In 2013, Igor writes:

In 2010, after several years of research, I defended the PhD thesis titled "Nonlinear rolling of ships due to wind and waves". Subsequently, I was elected to the position of assistant professor at the Department of Naval Architecture in Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade. As a result of my involvement in research related to ship dynamics in rough weather and development of probabilistic ship stability regulations, I became a member of Stability Research and Development Committee (http://shipstab.org/index.php/stability-r-d-committee-srdc) an international group of young professionals gathered with an aim to promote and support the research and cooperation in the field of ship stability.