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Workshop Presenters


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

Dr Tom Gunston - ISO Seat Testing Working Group

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…

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UK Ministry of Defence Multidisciplinary Approach to Maritime Shock Mitigation

Dr Thomas Coe - Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy / Naval Design Partnership

Dr Thomas Coe is a Senior Consultant with Frazer-Nash Consultancy currently on secondment to the Naval Design Partnership as the High Speed Craft Group Manager and Technical Lead of the MoD’s Maritime Whole Body Vibration Project. He has an extensive background in WBV in small fast craft having completed a PhD in the subject from Southampton University, conducted numerous at sea and laboratory trials and is a member of a number of international committees on the subject. Prior…

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Man Overboard around Ships, Workboats and Port Support Vessels

Captain Don Cockrill MBE FNI - Secretary General, UK Maritime Pilots Association

Don’s seafaring adventures began in 1973 as a cadet with Canadian Pacific (CP Ships) from where having progressed to master specialising in petro-chemicals he spent a brief period with Stolt-Neilson before joining the Port of London Authority as a pilot in 1991 where he still works as one of the senior pilots. Concurrently throughout almost all of that period he has been involved one way or another in the administration and work of the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association most recently as its chairman for 5 years until November 2015. He…

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Lessons from MOB Incidents

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE - Chairman, Clipper Ventures

RKJ went to sea in the Merchant Navy in 1957 as a Deck officer with the British India Steam Navigation Company, gaining his Master's Certificate in 1965. RKJ was the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14th June 1968 and 22nd April 1969. In 1992 RKJ was invited to become President of the Sail Training Association, a youth development organisation which operated two topsail schooners ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ and ‘Malcolm Miller’ and also organised the annual Tall Ships races. Before he retired in 2001 £11 million…

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Shock Mitigation Innovations on Prototype KNRM Dutch Lifeboat NH1816

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…

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How ALL Marine Sectors can Learn from Man Overboard Incidents

Captain Andrew Moll - Deputy Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1978. He served in HMS COVENTRY during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. His career was largely sea-going, spent in destroyers and aircraft carriers. His commands included: the fast patrol boat SNV AL FULK, while on loan to the Omani Navy during the later stages of the Iran-Iraq war; the Type 42 destroyer, HMS YORK, in the Gulf on counter-narcotics operations; the Type 22 frigate, HMS CHATHAM, leading NATO’s squadron in the Mediterranean and patrolling the Baltic. After 27 years of naval service Andrew joined the Marine Accident…

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7 Ways To Die In Cold Water (crucial factors that can help survival)

Paul Savage OBE - Maritime Medical Solutions Consultant, Saviour Global Solutions

Paul walked into a Lifeboat station on his 17th birthday and never left, initially volunteering at Poole and now at Tower Lifeboat in London. With his interest in remote and maritime paramedical medicine he joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as the Clinical Operations Manager. He was responsible for the operational medical response of all of the UK and Eire’s Lifeboat crew, Lifeguards and Flood Response teams, as well as the architect and custodian of the Clinical Governance of the RNLI. He advised on all matters casualty care related -…

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Pilot Overboard in the North Sea and South Atlantic

Captain Jon Stafford - Pilot, Port of London Authority

Captain Jon Stafford is an experienced mariner, currently employed as a ship’s pilot by the Port of London Authority. He handles all sizes of ships from the sea to berths near Dartford and all berths in between. He recently celebrated his sixtieth birthday and finds it amazing that 43 years has been spent working in the marine industry. He holds an STCW11/2 Master Unlimited and a class 1 (Haven) pilot authorisation as well as a plethora of other marine qualifications. 1973 saw a very fresh faced apprentice start his career on…

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RNLI Analysis of Incident Statistics from 'On Water' & 'Close To Water' Activities

JoJo Mains - Community Safety Intelligence Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

JoJo Mains is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's Community Safety Intelligence Manager. He is responsible for collecting, analysing and disseminating actionable information. That information enables the RNLI, partner organisations and members of the public to use evidence in order to influence policies, safety standards and people’s behaviour towards actions that manage risk effectively; targeting fewer coastal deaths, incidents and the need for maritime rescue in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Prior to joining the RNLI in 2008 JoJo spent 24 years in the United States Coast Guard (USCG),…

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How Vessel Motion Affects Human Health and Performance

Professor Jelte Bos - TNO, Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

Jelte E. Bos got his M.Sc. degree in physics and Ph.D. degree in medicine at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was then appointed as assistant professor at the same university, extending his work on the visual to the vestibular system. In 1994 he moved to TNO, the largest applied scientific research organisation in the Netherlands. There he still works on the effects of motion on human health, comfort and performance, no matter whether the motion is induced physically or visually. He…

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Developing a Holistic Strategy for Shock Mitigation on Fast Boats

John Haynes AFNI FRINA - Workshop Lead / Managing Director, Shock Mitigation

John is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Fellow of RINA, Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. At Seawork 2016 he was voted Maritime Professional of the Year. 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, end-user orgs, operators, designers, OEM boat builders & equipment manufacturers. 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…

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Tony Birr - MOB Workshop Facillitatator / Director, Century Maritime

Tony Birr had 32 years police and military service. Having retired from the police in 2014 he set up Century Maritime Ltd to provide a range of professional services. His last role in the police was the day-to-day management of Hampshire Constabulary’s Marine Unit. This included managing the teams on the water activities, tasking and direction to deliver a policing and security presence within the Solent maritime community on the south coast of the UK. The Marine Unit worked with other organisations to keep…

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How A Rescue Evolves - HM Coastguard National Maritime Operations Centre

William Mills - HM Coastguard Maritime Operations Controller

Her Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG) is a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency responsible for the initiation and co-ordination of all maritime search and rescue (SAR) within the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Region. This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources to respond to persons either in distress at sea, or to persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline of the United Kingdom. It is also responsible for land based search and rescue helicopter operations from…

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