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The Challenges of Building Fleets for Evolving Maritime Roles

UK Border Force Maritime Command

Border Force is a part of the Home Office, responsible for frontline border control operations at air, sea and rail ports in the United Kingdom. The UK maritime border is protected by a fleet of sea patrol vessels, known as cutters, which carry out maritime enforcement, surveillance and interception. The cutters are responsible for detecting prohibited and restricted goods, immigration crime and fiscal fraud by boarding and searching all types of vessels and taking part in multi-agency maritime operations in both UK and international waters. All Border Force vessels bear the ship…


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How Shock Mitigation By All Means Improves Efficiency

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. 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 chaired a broad range of maritime conferences and workshops. Technical…


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Comparing Lateral & Vertical Accelerations Between Nh1816 & Arie Visser Class

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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Update on ISO Standards for Boat Seat Performance Testing and Next Steps

Dr Tom Gunston - ISO Seat Testing Working Group

Tom Gunston has been involved in assessing the shock and vibration isolation performance of seating for land, sea and air transport for over 20 years. He is currently the Convenor of the international (ISO) working group tasked with the development of a standard test for marine seats and is Chair of the British Standards panel on Whole Body Vibration. 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…


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The Future of Shock Mitigation Testing - Getting from Anecdote to Evidence

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 to joining the NDP he worked on a variety of projects for Frazer-Nash including…


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Enhanced Seat Cushion Performance and Non-Mechanical Shock Mitigation Solutions

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…


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Cutting edge update on suspension seating innovations and industry led technology

Paul Taylor – SHOXS

Cutting edge update on suspension seating innovations and industry led technology

Jonathan Young – Scot Seats

Utilising experiences from on & off road transport to improve maritime transport seating

Arvid Uzolas – Grammer Nautic

MoD Boat and Equipment Procurement Programme Update

UK Ministry of Defence Boats Team

Small boats make up a critical component of the UK’s military effect, operating in the UK and globally. Small boats can be seen in all areas of maritime from policing UK Naval Bases to counter-piracy operations off Africa to training new recruits into the Royal Navy. MoD requires a broad range of small vessels including high speed interceptors, patrol boats, RIBs, harbour craft, landing craft, Army work boats, police boats, training vessels and sailcraft. MoD Boats Team at DE&S (Defence Equipment and Support) is responsible for purchasing and support of…


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Balancing the Need For Speed with Reliability and Durability

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. 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 chaired a broad range…


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Unmanned Surface Vehicles go from Concept to Service

James Fanshawe CBE - Chairman, Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

James Fanshawe retired from the Royal Navy in 2005. An Anti-Submarine warfare specialist, he commanded HMS Hurworth, HMS Cleopatra, HMS Fearless and was the Commander United Kingdom Task Group and Commander of the Devonport Flotilla. He held several senior appointments ashore including Director of Plans at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters. James works within a mixed commercial portfolio, chairing several companies and organisations. He chairs the UK’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group on behalf of the Marine Industries Alliance. This group has now released a Code of Conduct for the…


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Selecting vessel and equipment to break 24,000 mile Circumnavigation Record of 61 days

Alan Priddy - Global Powerboat Circumnavigation Record Team

Alan Priddy is a world leader in offshore expeditions and is the current holder of 37 World Records. He has powerboated and sailed around the world in both directions and he now knows what type of craft is required to break the World Powerboat Circumnavigation Record of 61 days. He attempted to circumnavigate the world in a RIB in 2002, and in 2008 successfully completed a circumnavigation by yacht. He has also navigated a…


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6,000 mile equipment test on RIB around Canada - inc North West Passage with Bear Grylls

David Smith – Founder & President, Shockwave

Lessons Learned from Both Sides of Boat & Equipment Procurement

Tony Birr - Workshop Facillitatator / Director, Century Maritime

Tony started his working life in the Royal Navy before joining the British Police Service, serving for a total of 32 years. He gained skills and experience covering both operational and organisational leadership, project management, procurement, significant change management and technology integration. During his police days he was responsible for all Marine Operations in the Solent area including protection of national infrastructure. This involved taking into account threat levels and risk assessments, formulating and developing strategies and working with partner agencies. He now uses this experience to work with ports, harbour…


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Designing Redundancy into Vessels for Critical Tasks

RNLI Design & Engineering Team

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) was established in 1824, and now operates 340 lifeboats from 236 locations with approximately 4800 volunteer crew. Operating in all weathers and sea conditions around the UK and Republic of Ireland, returning the crews and survivors safely back to port is paramount. Lifeboats must be built to the highest safety standards if volunteer crews can save people in peril at sea without risking their own lives. Technological innovation is important to the RNLI. Trust in their equipment is paramount.…


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Maritime Situational Awareness - Science Art or Myth?

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…


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How ALL Marine Sectors can learn from Accidents & Incidents - including Points Of Failure

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…


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Why Fundamental Seamanship and Basic Navigation Methods Still Matter

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. 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 chaired a broad range…


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Cutting edge update on lifejacket and MOB innovations / PPE and safety technology

Doug Vincett – Spinlock

Cutting edge update on lifejacket and MOB innovations / PPE and safety technology

James Glover – DYENA

Cutting edge update on lifejacket and MOB innovations / PPE and safety technology

Alistair Hackett – Ocean Safety 3Si