2017 Conference Programme is announced

28 Mar 2017
Seawork 2016 Conference

Seawork 2016 Conference

The programme for the three-day Seawork Conference 2017, sponsored by Knighthood Marine Underwriting Agent, has now been announced. Seawork's conference will once again be located on board the Ocean Scene, berthed in the Seawork Marina.

The Seawork Conference is a must for all involved in the commercial marine industry who wish to explore the challenges, changes and emerging opportunities in today’s and tomorrow’s commercial marine and workboat sector.

This year there is a focus on marine renewables (wind, tidal and wave) as well as vessel operations. The conference will also include sessions on how to address the marine skills gap – can new training opportunities and apprenticeships help to grow the future of the maritime industry? As well as the implications incurred through Brexit.

For over 30 years, conference sponsor, Knighthood has been acknowledged as a leading specialist Marine Underwriting Agent throughout the UK and Northern Europe, extending to all forms of insurance for commercial marine operators. The Ocean Scene will be moored on pontoons at the Seawork Marina, which are sponsored by Close Brothers.

See below details of the three-day Seawork International Conference programme:

Tuesday 13th June – Training and Qualifications

Murray Goldberg, CEO Marine Learning Systems, will be discussing, Safety, Savings, and Performance: The Benefits of Blended Learning.                                                         

This will cover the evidence supporting eLearning and discusses the results of successful implementations in the maritime industry. It also presents the challenges created by the maritime training and operational contexts in terms of implementing eLearning, and what new technologies have done to address these challenges.

Adam Corney, Business Development Director, MLA College, will be discussing, how to equalise the pressure: better education for seafarers balanced with improved time and cost effectiveness.                                                                                                                   

The paper will describe the opportunity that our industry has now been given with the evolution of learning technologies that allows access to a full range of training and education courses to be completed in part-time whilst still working full time in a pressurised sea-going or shore-based role. The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and its subsidiary MLA College are in the vanguard of this process and real-life case studies will be used to illustrate the opportunity.


Tuesday the 13th June –  Funding & Support for businesses in the Maritime Industry.

Annie Hunter, How2, will be discussing, How2 inject £165K of free cash into your business in 1 month.

This informative talk gives actionable advice on three of the UK’s largest incentive funding mechanisms for business and the most generous globally.

Including R&D Tax Credits, The Patent Box & Capital Allowances which can add a significant cash injection to your business. Understand the breadth & depth of development projects that qualify for Govt. funding, by how much & how to maximize your benefit.

Case studies regarding marine industry clients who have benefitted from the schemes will also be provided, enabling attendees to understand how these schemes can directly benefit their company.

Additionally, there will be sessions given by:

  • Denise Barlow, Head of Projects & Solent Growth Hub, discussing; Funding opportunities – Growth hubs across England and how to access them.
  • Ross Burton, Innovate UK, will be discussing; Using design to drive innovation: apply for business funding.
  • Kevin Forshaw, National Oceanographic Centre, will be discussing; NOC supporting SMEs through MARSIC. This presentation will cover the pioneering NOC Marine Autonomy developments to date, before giving an overview of the Innovation Centre and the funding streams that are being used by the companies involved to leverage the support from the NOC.

Case studies will include;

Chris Huxley-Reynard, Reygar Ltd CASE STUDY for funding from Innovate UK – Reygar Limited.

Chris Huxley-Reynard MD of Reygar will be discussing the development of their latest product BareFLEET, a collaborative R&D project supported by Innovate UK. BareFLEET is an innovative fleet intelligence tool with utility from boat through to the boardroom.


Tuesday 13th June –  Implications of Brexit.

Helen McCormick, Associate Director, CTRL Marine Solutions, will be discussing; Implications of Leaving the EU.

With the issue of Article 50 there are many questions for companies operating in the commercial marine sector - Can UK ship owners still operate in the EU? What if I need to obtain spare parts or repair my ship in the EU?Will I be affected by environmental regulations? How will port services change? Do I still have to pay Tonnage Tax? – This talk will aim to answer these questions.

Johan Ullman M.D. Assoc. RINA, HSBO Pro - High Speed Boat Operation Professionals, will be discussing; How the EU- Directive on Whole Body Vibration is Counterproductive.

Slamming events on board high-speed craft cause severe injuries and legislators needed a standard to limit impact exposure. As no relevant standard existed, a non-relevant standard was adopted. The ISO 2631:5 is the basis for the EU-directive on Whole Body Vibration.

John Haynes – AFNI, Assoc RINA.– Managing Director, Shock Mitigation,will be discussing Shock Mitigation, International Vibration Directives and the Implications of Brexit.

As the UK, marine industry considers the implications of Brexit this session looks at how high speed craft requirements and expectations are changing for the professional and commercial sectors in Europe and the US.

As well as Philippe Ruttley, Ince Law, discussing; Brexit and recent developments in Maritime Competition Law.


Tuesday 13th June – Renewables (Wave & Tidal) and vessel operations / Small unmanned Surface vessels.

Dr S E Taylor, MD Geomatix Ltd, will be discussing Tidal Advisor: A new method for tidal surge prediction.

This describes a novel algorithm which predicts the time and height of high water by monitoring the shape of the rising tidal curve. The advisory predictions help the harbour-master to decide whether a vessel can safely approach and dock, or whether it must be turned away. The system may also be of use in providing automated advanced warning of meteorologically induced tidal flooding. The Tidal Advisor is currently being trialled and tested in the UK. The results of these trials will be also presented.

As well as Julie Carlton, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, discussing; Safe access to Offshore Vessels.


Wednesday 14th June

IMarEST Small Ships Group, will present; Anaptyxis of the Small Ships Group.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology has established a Small Ships Group (IMarEST SSG) which supports all members working with design, build, maintenance, operation, survey and other activities for ships up to 100m in length.

The IMarEST SSG annual meeting, open to all visitors, will be held at Seawork 2017, on Wednesday 14 June at 10:30 - 12:30. The topics for discussion are being developed and will include an update on the SSG development/growth – “Anáptyxis” and progress on small vessels’ standards, operations and manning/qualifications that the members have been involved and contributed with the MCA and other organisations.


Thursday 16th June

Kate Harvey, General Manager – G+ Global Offshore Wind Health & Safety Organisation, will present; Update on the two Good Practice Guidelines.

The G+ will be providing an update on progress of their 2017 work programme, which includes a review on guidelines to reduce/eliminate dropped objects, best practice for manual handling and ergonomics and the Safe by Design programme. The existing G+ Good Practice Guidelines: Working at height in the offshore wind industry and the safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry will also be discussed.

As well as, the MOD Bass Team, presenting; MOD Procurement Programme 2017.

Mark Ranson, National Workboat Association, Presenting; Safety Forum.

Steve Austin, Maritime & Coastguard Agency, discussing; Personal Locater Beacons (PLBs).


View the full conference programme here.