Delegates from over 15 countries will be meeting in Edinburgh in under a fortnight for the 11th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2012), with its topical theme ‘Engineering Naval Capability’. Keynote addresses will be given by Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Ministry of Defence; and Commander Patrick L Bennett, US Navy, NAVSEA Technical Liaison Officer, Naval Sea Systems Command Detachment Bristol.
It is not only members of navies, commercial and military ship operators, designers and shipbuilders, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, universities and other defence related organisations who will be attending INEC 2012 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel between Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 May, but also engineering students, graduates and postgraduates, who are invited for the first Sea your Future @inec2012 Careers Event on Tuesday 15 May from 1630 – 1735, followed by the Conference Reception. The Careers Event is supported by UK NEST – the United Kingdom Naval Engineering, Science and Technology Forum, one of whose key activities is training and education. www.uknest.org
“This Careers Event is a first for INEC, ” explains David Loosley, Chief Executive of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) organisers of the biennial INEC. “It is vital that we encourage engineering students, graduates and postgraduates to join the maritime sector, and we know they will find a visit to INEC on Tuesday 15 May an interesting way of exploring the career options in marine engineering. There will be a series of special presentations aimed specifically at them, chaired by our immediate past President, Professor John Carlton, and then they will be able to network at the Conference Reception, and visit the INEC exhibition. We are delighted that UK NEST is supporting this element of INEC, member companies are involved with the conference as speakers, committee, delegates and exhibitors.”
The main event In addition to the two keynote addresses, conference sessions will focus on ship design, propulsion, survivability, system selection, environment and safety, submarines, design, and civil/military transfer, sustainability, unmanned operations, and affordability. Speakers come from 10 countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, 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.
INEC 2012 is sponsored by Babcock, BMT Defence Services Ltd, GE Energy – Power Conversion, 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 UK NEST
Full information on all aspects of INEC 2012 is available from www.imarest.org/inec
News from exhibitors
A small exhibition runs alongside INEC 2012 with some of the exhibitors providing information in advance of the event on what they will be showing.
CM Hammar AB develop, manufacture and supply release units for liferafts and Epirb’s, remote release systems, inflatable lifebuoys as well as hydrostatic inflators for lifejackets.
They will highlight their new electronic remote release systems with many features and great flexibility making it possible to launch liferafts, evacuation systems and other lifesaving equipment. The release systems can also be adapted to release a lot of other equipment under large load and with a minimum of friction and energy. This featured exhibit is used by Swedish Marine Corvettes. www.cmhammar.com
Rolls-Royce will be featuring propulsion systems & equipment; and will have a model of the Littoral Combat Ship on the stand. They have just secured a contract to supply power and propulsion systems for the two latest vessels in the U.S Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme. www.rolls-royce.com
Royal Fleet Auxiliary will be featuring details of the Marine Engineering Cadetship the RFA offers. Not only do they train personnel to Merchant Navy standards over three years to become Marine Engineer Officers but they provide financial support throughout their career while studying to increase an individual’s professional and academic qualifications.
Not only are they paid during the three years of training but trainees don’t pay anything towards their college fees. As an Engineer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, they play a vital role in the UK’s Defence Force.
What they offer is of interest to anyone looking for a hands on career as a Marine Engineer but who additionally wants to play a part in the Naval Service. They accept personnel on their course who have a minimum of GCSEs/Standard Grades right up to those who have completed a Mechanical Engineering Degree. They recruit throughout the year and are looking for people who want to become an important member of an essential engineering team on board ship.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a civilian manned fleet of 13 ships owned by the Ministry of Defence. Not only do we supply Royal Navy warships at sea with fuel, food, stores and ammunition but we also provide aviation support for the Fleet Air Arm, amphibious support to the Royal Marines and secure sea transport for Army units. RFA ships are also involved in areas you might not expect like carrying out anti-piracy operations in the Gulf or anti-narcotic patrols in the Caribbean Seas.
Their Marine Engineers play a crucial role in maintaining and fixing all the Mechanical systems on-board ship to ensure they meet the task delegated to them through the MOD. Not only are their engineers trained in the Main Engine systems on-board to drive their propulsion but they must also be able to work on their air conditioning units, water purifiers, emergency fire pumps, refrigeration systems, sewage plant and all the generators. www.rfa.mod.uk
J. P. Sauer Compressors will highlight the “Centralised High Pressure Air System” for modern warship designs. A correctly designed “Centralised High Pressure System” using modern compressors and installation techniques will provide benefits in maintenance and “Through Life Costs of ship operation”. This featured exhibit is used by the Royal Navy on their latest Type 45 programme.
Sauer deals with over 50 navies worldwide and is a leader in supply of High Pressure air and gas systems. www.saueruk.co.uk
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
Wärtsilä’s experience in providing propulsion and powering solutions for Navy and Coast Guard vessels is a long standing one: more than 90 countries entrust Wärtsilä with the supply of equipment for their naval fleet. Wärtsilä is known as a global leader in naval propulsion, with products such as propulsion engines, gearboxes, Controllable Pitch Propeller systems and large water jets. The company is also a leading supplier of large naval generators.
In addition to providing integrated propulsion systems, dedicated specialised support is available:
- System integration capability
- Close cooperation with the major marine institutes to provide hydrodynamic studies
- Technical abilities to meet specific naval requirements
- Through-life cost studies
- Integrated Logistic Support (ILS)
- Preventive and corrective maintenance
- Ship design
Through innovative solutions and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner with products that are capable of meeting the most stringent special naval requirements such as noise reduction and shock resistance.
• The Wärtsilä 26 medium-speed engine represents the latest technical advances, combining fuel economy and low emission rates with high fuel versatility. It has been developed to meet todays and future requirements in respect of overall cost of ownership, emissions, shock and noise. Its high reliability is based on the low number of components, low life-cycle costs and compactness.
• Overhaul intervals up to 24, 000 hours and maintenance-friendly design are some of the main valuable features that have earned the Wärtsilä 20 an installed base of more than 2000 engines since the launch in 1992.
• The Wärtsilä 3C Control and Communication Centre represents the very latest in fully integrated vessel control systems. It provides enhanced data exchange between various systems, which improves efficiency and enables the vessel to be controlled safely and economically, regardless of the operating conditions. Special emphasis is given to the provision of decision support information in order to improve the operator’s situational awareness, thus enabling safer and better control of the vessel. The system is a vital link between the bridge and the ship’s automation, engines, and propulsion control systems.
. New Product…. Wartsila will also have a display running showing their latest medium size waterjet range. In 2011, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 4.2 billion with approximately 18, 000 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland.www.wartsila.com 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