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Prof. John Carlton

Prof. John Carlton

Avoiding the cost of failure – 3rd prevention of marine failures conference programme launched

 Marine failures are an ongoing, serious problem for the maritime industry. The consequences of failure can have a serious operational and bottom line impact – as well as potentially fatal consequences for the ships’ crew.
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Prevention of Marine Failures Conference is the only technically focused conference dedicated to bringing marine engineers together to exchange experiences of preventing mechanical, structural, systems and human failures. The third in the series will be held Tuesday 25 – Wednesday 26 February at Lloyd’s Register’s headquarters in the City of London. Chaired by Professor John Carlton FREng, FIMarEST, Professor of Marine Engineering, City University London, a Past President of IMarEST it will take ‘Avoiding the cost of failure’ as its theme.

“The conference couldn’t be in better hands, ” says David Loosley, IMarEST’s Chief Executive. “Until 2010 John Carlton, was Lloyd’s Register’s Global Head of Marine Technology and Investigation, and spent much of his career investigating and solving major technical problems, so no one has a greater understanding of the importance of, and value in, avoiding the cost of failure. Now as Professor of Marine Engineering at City University London he inspires a young generation of marine engineers with his enthusiasm for his topic.”

“The maritime industries are constantly seeking to find the best way to combat the problem of marine failures; so minimising the cost to man, machine, environment and also to profit, ” explains Professor Carlton. “The 3rd Prevention of Marine Failures Conference will provide delegates with an update on developments which have occurred since the previous event was held two years ago.

“Aimed at shipowners, operators and ship superintendents; marine engineers, structural and design engineers; naval architects and marine surveyors; corrosion specialists; welding experts; materials and equipment manufacturers; ship repairers; and maintenance specialists the conference will cover aspects of failure associated with the structural and machinery aspects of ships and offshore installations that contribute to failure. Our speakers will be offering practical help and advice on avoiding those failures – the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ certainly rings true in the maritime world, and the conference is designed to provide really practical advice that will help save money.

“I am delighted that Richard Vie FIMarEST, Vice President Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Corporate Shipbuilding, Carnival Corporation & plc, and President Elect of IMarEST has accepted our invitation to deliver the opening morning keynote address on ‘The hidden costs of failure’.”

Highly relevant two days
Sessions on structural failure, mechanical failure, systems failures and human failure then span the two days.

Topics coming under the conference spotlight in the structural failure session include ‘Failure prevention through good design’; ‘Understanding weak spots in hull structures’; ‘Developments in preventing fatigue on large ship structures’; ‘Recent marine failure investigations’; ‘Cryogenic material failures’ and ‘Ultimate strength of ship structures and designing for plastic collapse’.

This is followed on the first day by the mechanical failure session in which there will be presentations on ‘Minimising the dangers of microbial infestation’; ‘Micro emulsion – a technology for cutting the risk of cat-fines damage’; and ‘Cavitation erosion fracture mechanics’.

The second day opens with the systems failures session featuring presentations on ‘Risk management: Assessment of the risk of failure occurring’; ‘Approaches to systems based computer failures and integrity assurance of computer based systems for ships’; ‘Electrical systems failures’; and ‘Role of the organisational culture in failures’. And the conference ends with two presentations on human failures – ‘Failure through fatigue’ and ‘The role of simulators within the Irish Naval Service’.

Networking, as at all IMarEST events, plays an important role in the Marine Failures conference with a reception at the end of the first day as well as a sensible amount of networking time first thing on both mornings and at coffee, lunch and tea breaks throughout the two days.

About the IMarEST
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is the leading international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. The IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of 15, 000 based in over 100 countries.

Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the International Oceanographic Commission, and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining. It is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

IMarEST also runs a series of industry leading events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised titles: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World and Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology.

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