Maritime professionals ask the hard questions

11 May 2017
The Workshops brought together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge

The Workshops brought together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge

Over 80 maritime professionals attended two unique one day events focussed on the sub IMO / sub 24 metre sector in Southampton, UK this April.

The fast moving and dynamic one day Workshops brought together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide. The superb team of presenters shared unique insights and highlighted potential solutions for a changing world.

Workshop Lead John Haynes said, “The format of these one day events is shaped by our experience and is constantly evolving. Topics focus on visible marine industry issues today, plus hidden areas of concern we may need to face tomorrow. The latest feedback shows that our fast Workshop pace works well, plus our cutting edge Q&A sessions linked to panel discussions are particularly useful. We ask the audience for burning questions – and we certainly get them!”

High profile roles are evolving close to shore in UK, EU and international waters. Expectations, requirements and capabilities are changing for many maritime organisations. Boat operators are undertaking tasks they never envisaged, with fleets that were procured in a different time and place. Challenges may be changing - BUT safety still remains high on the agenda for professional mariners.

MAN OVERBOARD PREVENTION & RECOVERY highlighted that man overboard and death by drowning or exposure is still the prime risk for anyone that goes to sea. Industry expertise included presentations of innovative products by Spinlock, 3Si, Life Cell and Harken Industrial. Julian Morgan, CEO of KPM Marine, ended the day with a fine summary of the day’s proceedings then invited the group to enjoy a networking drinks reception sponsored by KPM.

RS & WBV WHOLE BODY VIBRATION looked at how professional fast craft operators can learn techniques to improve efficiency and safety for everyone onboard. Jim Taylor of SKYDEX Technologies, Julian Morgan of KPM Marine and Paul Taylor of SHOXS ended the day with a stimulating group session titled, ‘Learning from On Water Trials, Testing and Other Transport Sectors to Improve Crew Safety’. RS & WBV sponsors included Scot Seats and Shockwave.

John Haynes added, “We focus on viable innovation and using people’s time effectively. We also know that having the right people onboard is essential and there is no substitute for meeting the experts face to face when asking the hard questions. We are really proud to welcome onboard this great group of maritime professionals and thought leaders.”

Next Generation Workshops cover sensitive topics that are highly relevant to workboats, pilot boats, patrol boats, search & rescue, wind farm support, fisheries inspection, survey vessels, superyacht tenders and the emerging applications for unmanned surface vessels. Industry attendees include boat builders, equipment manufacturers and designers plus maritime academia and legislators. Supporters include Southampton University, Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute, UK Maritime Pilots Association, British Marine, Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association.