IMarEST Annual Dinner: Engineering success in all fronts; John Faraclas reports.
The 123rd Anniversary and the 109th Institute of Marine Engineers Science and Technology (IMarEST) Annual Dinner took place last Friday at the ultra modern Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London – closer to the Square Mile breaking decades of Park Lane tradition, attracting over 400 marine engineers, naval architects, marine technologists and marine environmentalists, heads of organizations and their guests.
The President’s Drinks Reception at the ultra modern and specially lite Novello Glassy Balcony at the hotel’s first floor, …warmed up everybody with discussions on very sensitive technical matters – engineering and environmental issues being the most popular ones!
At precisely 19:35 hrs, two floors down at the big purple lite banquet hall, Dinner was ready… an excellent menu …engineering-selected by the Events team with good wine and top waitressing-service; all ship-shaped!
A very successful company-sponsored tables…spree – 29 out of a total of 36, divided amongst 25 major international groups and organizations proves the interest of all to further the maritime business! Interesting speeches, excellently delivered by the newly elected IMarEST President Malcolm Vincent – an engineer for the Guests and Captain Stephen Clinch, MAIB’s Chief Inspector – a master mariner for the Institute. On equal par the Reply by Naval Architect Chris Walters of Lloyd’s Register.
The highlight of this year’s event was the collection in aid of the Guild of Benevolence for the Titanic Centenary appeal – very thoughtful. A unique tribute to the engineering staff of the fateful ship. Moreover an excellent commemorative booklet produced by the Guild of Benevolence of IMarEST was in every seat; with the Costa Concordia’s …centenary accident, engineering-discipline, seamanship and technological advancement for safety become more than an essence, particularly under todays bleak global financial sitution!
We urge all in the industry to contribute to this unique charity appeal.
I mentioned above bout discipline and seamanship; well, it is worth to remember that every engineer on board the RMS Titanic remained in his post and went down with her!