The 11th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2012), with its theme ‘Engineering Naval Capability’, is set to get off to a flying start in Edinburgh next month with a keynote address by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Ministry of Defence.
Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) INEC 2012 is being held from Tuesday 15 May until Thursday 17 May, with sessions on ship design, electric propulsion, survivability, system selection, environment and safety, submarines, design, and civil/military transfer, sustainability, unmanned operations, and affordability. Speakers come from 11 countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, UK, and USA; with the younger ones (35 or under) eligible for Sir Donald Gosling Awards – these will be presented on the final afternoon by Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill.
Networking plays an important part in proceedings and two social events are planned – a reception on the first evening, which coincides with the Sea your Future @inec2012 Careers Event; and a reception aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia on the Wednesday. Once the formal proceedings come to an end, there is an industrial visit to Rosyth to the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier Project planned for Friday 18 May. The full conference programme, and registration, is now online at www.imarest.org/inec.
“We all continue to face a number of challenges, financial pressures (a reduced level of government funding as viewed by both many navies and industry), engineering improved solutions into new build platforms and existing ships, the availability of suitably qualified and experienced personnel in our industry and, of course, ever-changing and unpredictable threats, ” says Commodore John Newell MBE RN, the INEC 2012 Conference Chairman.
“In order to keep on with this trend of doing more with less, fewer hull numbers, continued pressure to reduce crew sizes, taking the man out of harm’s way and yet still providing platforms capable of global and expeditionary operations will require an unparalleled degree of engineering skill not seen before. These austere circumstances will similarly require a degree of flexibility never experienced before, as we learn from other industries, evolve and adapt, innovate and collaborate.”
Held under the patronage of Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill, Vice Admiral Andrew Mathews, Rear Admiral Nigel Guild, Rear Admiral (ret) Ruurd Lutje Schipholt and Commodore (ME) Dr Ir Arie Jan de Waard, INEC 2012 will be attended by representatives of navies, commercial and military ship operators, designers and shipbuilders, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, universities and other defence related organisations. The event has been held biennially since the early 1990s.
Sea your Future @inec2012
The Sea your Future@inec2012 Careers Event is a ‘first’ for INEC. Students and graduates are invited on Tuesday 15 May to explore a career in marine engineering and network with key companies in the industry who are exhibiting at INEC 2012. Being held at the conference venue – Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh – the careers event coincides with the INEC reception enabling the young guests to mix and mingle with a wide range of conference delegates and exhibitors. Those wishing to attend should email email@example.com.
INEC 2012 is sponsored by Babcock, BMT Defence Services Ltd, GE Energy, Rolls-Royce plc and ONR Global – BMT Defence Services and Rolls-Royce are both IMarEST Marine Partners; and supported by Society for Underwater Technology, ADS, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and UKNEST
Full information on all aspects of INEC 2012 is available from www.imarest.org/inec
- The IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) is the leading membership body and learned society for marine professionals, industry, research and education, with 50 branches and 15, 000 members worldwide
- Professional Recognition: qualifications for membership are based on the educational background and/or multi-disciplinary experience ensuring that high professional standards are maintained
- The only membership body that can award Chartered Marine Scientist and Technologist, Chartered, Incorporated and Engineering Technician status to their professional engineering counterparts
- The IMarEST is part of the Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Federation • IMarEST Marine Partners: a membership network for organisations in industry, research and education operating in the marine and offshore sectors
- Maritime journals include MER (Marine Engineers Review); Shipping World & Shipbuilder incorporating Maritime IT & Electronics; The Marine Scientist; and the Journal of Operational Oceanography.
- IMarEST Publications: Technical Proceedings Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology (JMET), Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO) and a catalogue of 100+/- books
- The IMarEST Library is now housed at Lloyd’s Register at 71 Fenchurch Street, where IMarEST members and non-members alike have access to an extraordinary knowledge base. There is member-only access to a small but growing number of eBooks via www.imarest.org/knowlege.
- IMarEST organises 30-40 events and conferences annually; and was the host organisation for the World Maritime Technology Conference held in London 6-10 March 2006