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Developing Next Generation Diesel Engines for Professional Applications

John Allen - Founder & CCO, COX Powertrain

John Allen co-founded Co Powertrain with maverick engineer David Cox in 2009 and took CEO / CFO role. He worked with Chairman to raise £20m from HNI's and led  the team that raised £4m in grants from MoD and TSB. John built and managed the team to deliver innovative new high power / density diesel outboard engine, which has gained significant interest from the military and workboat marine sectors in the UK and US. As development phase moves towards production, handed over CEO role in July 2014 to Tim Routsis, ex CEO…


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Innovative High Speed Craft for Emerging Maritime Roles

Stephen Beadsmoore - Managing Director, Wave Access Project

Stephen has worked in a range of engineering industries. Starting as a teenager in agricultural engineering. He then moved into construction plant. His own business was initially building competition engines for customers competing around the world before focusing on plant machinery and then road transport vehicles. Coastal Charters was formed in 2000 and from 2004 he had some involvement with the developing offshore wind industry. This has culminated in the "Wave Access Project", an innovative, rapid patrol / crew transfer vessel.…


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How Guidance Notices and Classification Rules assist Hybrid Designers

Tania Berry - Senior Specialist, Electrotechnical Systems, Lloyd's Register

Tania was a Royal Navy Marine Engineer Manager from 1999 to 2013. She holds a Marine Systems Engineering degree from HMS Sultan / Portsmouth University and is a TMIET member. She is a highly motivated Senior Electrotechnical Specialist with a strong knowledge in electro-technical systems allied to intellectual developments within a cross sector environment. With the ability to identify technical issues associated with existing and novel technologies and managing the integration into Classification Rules and Regulations. She ensures global consistency within the Electrotechnical community and provides technical advice and support to internal…


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Developing High Performance Inflatable Solutions for Commercial and Military Use

Andrew Branagh - WING Inflatables

Andrew Branagh grew up sailing and racing boats in the demanding conditions of San Francisco Bay. Between sailing, diving and working on boats he started a variety of companies. The businesses covered a wide range of sectors including food, education, construction and marine. Branagh joined Wing in July of 2013 with a vision to leverage Wing’s technology by utilizing innovative building and marketing approaches. In the space of 3 years the Wing team has grown from 50 members to over 175 talented individuals. Branagh has kept Wing focused on growing its core…


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Evaluation of Transonic Hull for Shock-Free High Speed Operation

Alberto Calderon - Executive Director and Chairman, Transonic Hull Company

Alberto A. Calderon received BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Aeronautical Engineer from Stanford University. Following research work as Research Associate at Stanford, he worked as a consultant in aerospace field in variable geometry wings, including OV-10A, AG, F111B, QSRA aircraft in the US and Airbus and Concorde II in France. His naval work begun as Chief of Hydrodynamics of the St. Frances Challenge for America’s Cup. Their boat placed second at the America’s Cup in Perth Australia, with Calderon’s front and rear rudders. This earned Calderon position as Principal…


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Hybrid Systems for Workboats, Pilot Boats, Patrol Vessels and Passenger Vessels

Simon Churchill - Mainstay Marine Solutions

Simon worked in the Royal Navy on Helicopter Radio & Radio Navigation Aids until 1990. After leaving the Royal Navy he entered the marine electrical industry, working primarily on small commercial and leisure sector craft electrical and electronic systems. He has worked freelance and also for GC Marine Electrical, Marconi, Mustang Marine and currently for Mainstay Marine Solutions. Since 1990 he has designed, installed and commissioned a large number of bespoke electrical and electronic systems as both re-designed refits and new builds. His experience includes all aspects of electrical, control, navigation and…


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Developing Hybrid COTS Solutions for Commercial, Leisure and Military Craft

Dr Dennis Doerffel - Founder & Chief Technology Officer, REAP Systems

Dennis has a Dipl.-Ing. degree in communications electronics from the University of the German forces and a PhD from the University of Southampton. Before he founded REAP Systems, he spent 12 years in the German forces, where he lead, organised and trained repair and maintenance teams. Later, he was responsible for the software maintenance of some weapon systems. He has been fascinated by modern battery technology, their practical applications and challenges since 1998. Dennis is an authentic, enthusiastic and visionary individual who believes "there is always a way". He has subscribed to the…


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Update on UK Ministry of Defence Whole Body Vibration Working Group

Commander RN (Rtd) Richard Finnemore - DES Ships CSS Boats

Richard Finnemore retired from the Royal Navy in Dec 2010 after more than 30 years service, 20 of which were spent at sea in front line operations serving in T21,22 and 23’s. A professional Warfare Officer he sub specialised in Passive Anti-Submarine Warfare conducting live operations and finally as Staff Warfare Officer Underwater to Flag Officer Sea Training he taught the subject to RN and other NATO Navies Ship’s Companies. He has additional qualifications in Requirements Management, Logistics Management and Safety Enginnering.   He led a mixed military and civilian team responsible for…


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Utilizing Polymers & Geometries to Create Multiphase Springs for Commercial & Military Applications

Peter Foley - Chief Technology Officer, SKYDEX Technologies

For 30 years Peter Foley has brought solutions-driven innovation to product design. Educated as a biomechanist, with deep experience in plastics design and intellectual property development, his specialty is applying new materials to products to solve real life problems and overcome existing product shortcomings. Foley has experience in military, industrial, and consumer markets and has served in product development, innovation, product management, and executive roles. As SKYDEX’s Chief Technology Officer for the past 17 years, Foley has guided product and technology development. He has proven the adaptability and innovativeness of the…


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ISO Standards for Seat Testing and Seat Usage in Various Transport Sectors

Dr Tom Gunston - Whole Body Vibration Panel, British Standards Institute

Dr. Gunston has approximately 20 years’ experience in the field of human exposure to whole-body vibration and shock with particular specialism in power tools, high speed marine craft and off-road vehicles. He carried out research into suspension seat performance at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and then worked for two years at QinetiQ assessing shock and vibration exposure on land, sea and air vehicles. He now splits his work between the construction and high speed marine sectors. He is currently working for the RNLI and the MOD on shock and…


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Innovative Hybrid Systems for Small Workboats and Commercial Craft

Graeme Hawksley - Managing Director, Hybrid Marine Ltd

Graeme has an MSc in Microelectronics and has been in the electronics industry since the late 1970s. He has worked in the UK and USA in aviation, marine and silicon chip manufacturing. A UK government grant provided funding for research into the use of hybrid systems in small craft. In 2003 Hybrid Marine was born and has been manufacturing systems for 12 years. In 1993 Graeme sailed out of Portsmouth Harbour in his old 26' wooden sailing sloop. Four and a half years later he found himself…


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Developing a Holistic Strategy for Shock Mitigation on Fast Boats

John Haynes - Managing Director, Shock Mitigation

John is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Associate Member of RINA, Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes 30 years professional sector training, consultancy and strategic product development. He has worked with over 100 organisations including military, SAR, police, commercial operators, designers, OEM equipment manufacturers and boat builders. He has written specialist articles on future requirements and new technology for international publications including Maritime Reporter, Marine Link, Marine News, Maritime Journal, Seaways, Ship & Boat International (RINA),…


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The Hour of Power - Viable Hybrid Technology for Commercial & Military Applications

John Haynes - Managing Director, Shock Mitigation

John is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Fellow of RINA, Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes 30 years professional sector training, consultancy and strategic product development. He has worked with over 100 organisations including military, SAR, police, commercial operators, designers, OEM equipment manufacturers and boat builders. He has written specialist articles on future requirements and new technology for international publications including Maritime Reporter, Marine Link, Marine News, Maritime Journal, Seaways, Ship & Boat International…


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Challenges for Small Companies Dealing with Prime Contractors and Defence Procurement

Andrew Hughes - Business Development SHOXS

Andrew has worked within the military boats sector for the majority of his working life. After completing engineering training, he quickly moved to boat building at RTK Marine. Working on the laminating, electrical, engineering and general fit out of the craft before moving into the testing and commissioning of the craft. RTK was then bought by VT Halmatic where he worked as a Sales Executive, test coxswain and commissioning engineer including delivery of high speed interceptors and RIBs. VT Halmatic then when went through a transition and ownership to become BAE…


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Developing High Performance Inflatable Solutions for Commercial and Military Use

David Kelly - WING Inflatables

David Kelly is educated in industrial and mechanical engineering, but has mostly practiced as a business development professional. He joined Wing in 2013, for the third phase of his professional career, and is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing. With Wing, David’s core focus has been to leverage existing capabilities into new product lines. For the first part of his professional life, David worked in the advanced composites product development world, helping take customer concepts to end products. These were as diverse as sound deadening artificial heart pump cases,…


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Design, Manufacture and Through Life Support of Professional Fast Craft

Owen Langdon - Senior Naval Architect, MST - Marine Specialised Technology

MST’s senior naval architect Owen was educated at Massey University New Zealand where he gained a first class honours degree. His early working career in New Zealand was spent working on both commercial and recreational boat programmes with Maxwell & Hall Marine Design and Elliot boat design where he worked on yacht designs from 20 to 144 feet. Whilst working at Elliot boat design Owen completed the design, development and media presentation which secured the selection of the Elliott 6m yacht for the Women’s Match Racing competition at the Olympic…


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Hybrid Systems for Workboats, Pilot Boats, Patrol and Passenger Vessels

Mel Lewis - Mainstay Marine Solutions

Mel trained as an electronics apprentice at the Royal Aircraft Establishment prior to attaining a BEng degree in Electronics with Computing Science. He spent 23 years at MoD Boscombe Down in the test and evaluation of Military Aircraft, both for the MoD and subsequently QinetiQ, where he performed several key roles including Business Group Technical Manager and Head of Capability for Electrical and Avionics Systems. In 2012, Mel transferred his aircraft-related knowledge and experience into the boat building industry whilst broadening his engineering knowledge of marine vessels and their systems.…


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Integrating New Vessels and Technology into Established Maritime Organisations

Hans van der Molen - Head of Technical Projects & Innovation, KNRM (Royal Netherlands Lifeboat)

Hans has been working for the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue organisation for over 27 years as technical superintendent, where he is currently in charge of a small team which is responsible for technical projects and technical innovation. Hans started his career in the merchant navy as one of the first  ships engineer / navigation officer generation. After being stationed 2 years in Japan and Korea as part of a new building team for container vessels and a career at sea for almost 9 years, Hans decided to join the lifeboat services,…


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How Smart Design can Reduce Weight and Cost on New Build Vessels and Retrofit Projects

Julian Morgan - Managing Director, KPM Marine

Julian Morgan holds Honours and Masters Degrees from Brunel and Warwick Universities. He was awarded a scholarship to research Mechatronics at Rhode Island University. He has worked for Phillips Research Laboratories, medical division and has consulted to organisations including Apple Computers, BAE Systems, Hewlett Packard and Psion. Julian is Managing Director and technical lead for KPM Marine, based in Birmingham UK. He has specialised in the design and manufacture of safety critical products for the marine and automotive industries for over 20 years. The KPM range of products for the marine industry…


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Measuring Noise and Vibration in Maritime Environments

Phil Moxley - Senior Noise and Vibration Engineer, Frazer-Nash

Phill Moxley is a senior engineer working in the noise and vibration team of Frazer-Nash Consultancy, where he has been involved with the measurement and assessment of noise and vibration on a variety of marine platforms.  Prior to this he undertook a PhD in human responses to vibration at the Human Factors Research Unit in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, and spent two years conducting noise exposure assessments in the offshore oil and gas sector.  …


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High Performance Seating and Decking Solutions to Reduce Effects of Impact and WBV

Dave Parsons - SKYDEX Technologies

David Parsons is Vice President of Product Development at SKYDEX Technologies, Inc.  He has a Master of Philosophy Degree in Biomedical Engineering and has over 25 years of experience in the development and provision of specialized seating. He is a British expat who has led teams working on solutions for many different seating needs including, wheelchairs, vehicles, motorcycles, and office chairs. He has a unique combination of physiology and engineering knowledge that is invaluable to the design and development of seat support surfaces. He also has a proven ability to carry…


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Design, Manufacture and Through Life Support of Professional Fast Craft

Andrew Phillips - Technical Director, MST - Marine Specialised Technology

Andrew studied mechanical and production engineering, with his working career spanning various engineering disciplines, including aircraft, automotive and domestic appliances. The move into the marine industry came 17 years ago where he worked as design office manager at Delta RIBS. In 2002 he was part of the MST business start-up in the role of Technical Director. Since 2002 MST has progressed to a position of world leaders in the design, manufacture and production of commercial and military RHIBs and Workboats. Andrew now heads up a multi-disciplined team of fifteen engineers and…


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Blending Traditional Seamanship with New Maritime Roles and High Technology

Commander Chris Pratt MBE (AFNI) - Border Protection Squadron, Border Force

Commander Pratt is Designated Person Ashore (ISM Code) Border Force. He has served with H M Customs since 1976, at sea on Customs interdiction duties since 1978, command since 1988 with over 11 years actual Sea Service. Fleet Superintendent (Deck), Commander Pratt commissioned the last three Cutter Classes in 1989, 1993 and 2001. He has been on vessel and aircraft Steering Group with HMC&E (Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise) since 1989. He has served in many countries on training and vessel design including Eire, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Finland, Holland and USA.…


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Shock Mitigation Solutions for Marine Vehicle Safety

Dr Tim Rees - Analyst, SHOXS

Tim Rees holds a Ph. D. in Applied Mathematics, with a specialization in numerical methods and fluid mechanics. Dr. Rees combines simulation techniques with experimental measurements to understand and improve the shock-mitigating seats designed by SHOXS. Dr. Rees has been an active member of the ISO 2631 - TC108/SC4 working group. This international group of government, academic and industry representatives have been tasked with establishing a repeatable laboratory procedure to measure shock performance of marine seats.…


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Combining Hybrid Marine Power with Alternative Low Emission Fuels

Captain Muhammad Shafique - Senior Lecturer, Petrochem - Warsash Maritime Academy

Muhammad joined the Merchant Navy (Tankers) in 1978. He has 37 Years of Industry experience onshore and offshore, including sailing on oil, chemical and gas tankers for 23 years. He has worked as General Manager of a ship management company and is an experienced Tanker surveyor. He has been lead of the project ‘LNG Bunkering, Motor Ways of Seas of European Union’ since 2013. During nearly four decades of his service in the Maritime Industry, particularly in Oil and Gas transportation, he has observed the damage to planet from oil pollution…


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Assessing WBV Exposure and Implementing Improvements on Small Craft

Pete Sheppard - Senior Naval Architect, RNLI

Pete joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 2006 with extensive knowledge and experience in composites and boat building. He has been responsible for structural design, resolving production and processing issues during the construction of lifeboats and specifying and overseeing structural repairs and upgrades of existing boats. In addition, Pete has been running a program of measurement, research and development into Whole Body Vibration monitoring and its effects across the RNLI’s fleet. He has started to combine this learning with the particular human factors seen on Search and Rescue vessels.…


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High Performance Seating and Decking Solutions to Reduce Effects of Impact and WBV

James Taylor - President & CEO, SKYDEX Technologies

For almost 30 years Jim Taylor has been focused on developing innovative and highly engineered products for a variety of technically demanding industries. As President & CEO of SKYDEX since 2014, Jim has focused the company on technology innovation, streamlining its development processes and expanding the applications of its technology portfolio. He is proud of the hard work and dedication of the SKYDEX team that is providing its customers with outstanding service and is developing new products for many military and commercial markets. Educated as an electrical engineer, his early engineering…


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How Guidance Notices and Classification Rules assist Hybrid Designers

Bernard Twomey - Global Head of Electrotechnical Systems, Lloyd's Register