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16 countries will be represented at the 12th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2014) being heldTuesday 20 – Thursday 22 May at the Marine Establishment Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The three-day conference is organised by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in association with the Royal Netherlands Navy.

“We are delighted to be welcoming delegates and speakers from Australia, Austria, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK, and USA” says Commodore John Newell MBE RN, Ministry of Defence and the INEC 2014 Conference Chairman. “We have a superb programme lined up with a rich diversity of topics addressing our overall theme of ‘Innovative solutions to global trends’.

“Navies and the international defence industry rose to the challenge set by INEC 2014 and our Technical Advisory Committee developed a truly inspiring programme. The themes of the technical programme address the topics which most affect the maritime operating environment and require the best that our engineers and industry can provide whilst, of course, remaining within tight financial constraints.

“Vice Admiral Matthieu J M Borsboom, Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy and Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Ministry of Defence, UK will get INEC 2014 off to a flying start with keynote addresses on 20 May.

“I am naturally delighted that this year we have a record number of candidates for the Sir Donald Gosling Award for authors aged 35 or under. This aims to encourage involvement and attendance from younger participants from the military, industry and academia. The presentations will be made on the last afternoon of the conference when our Patron, Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng HonFIMarEST will present the prizes.”

Highly relevant range of exhibits
There are eleven exhibiting companies at INEC 2014 – Babcock International Group; BMT Defence Services; Imtech Marine; L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd; MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands); Metalock Engineering UK Ltd; QinetiQ; Rolls-Royce; Thales Nederland B.V.; TNO; and Wärtsilä Corporation.

“They are showing a highly relevant number of topics and areas of expertise, and can be assured of a great deal of interest from delegates during all conference breaks, ” says Cdre Newell.

BMT Defence Services Ltd, the major sponsor of INEC 2014, will focus on a generic BMT presence. They will be exhibiting a model of one of their more recent concept designs, the Venator®-110. This combines BMT’s com­prehensive knowledge of CONEMP (Concept of Employment) and CO­NOPS (Concept of Operations) with their extensive naval design knowledge and research in order to balance capabilities within design constraints for an affordable multi-functional warship.

Using a systems engineering approach to whole ship design, their experts have mapped capabilities and have eval­uated how equipment, function and capability trade-offs impact on ship design parameters and operational effectiveness.

This platform offers through-life capability options for added future flexibility. It achieves this by its baseline design, which has been developed by assessing operational requirements. This makes the Venator®-110 capable of open ocean performance, while affordably supporting configurable top side arrangements with variable modu­lar plug-in mission systems depending on role requirements and the need to respond to fast changing threats.

The two design configurations of this warship demonstrate how intelligent design, through simple understanding of operational requirements and equip­ment integration can support platform flexibility. Mission adaptability is facilitat­ed by potential re-role functionality via module and batch based equipment options. It also provides operational survivability at the patrol ship level and float, move and personnel survivability at the patrol frigate level.

They are always exceptionally keen supporters of INEC with both sponsorship/stand presence and technical attendance. This year they have five technical papers in the conference, two of which are candidates for the Sir Donald Gosling Award.www.bmtdsl.co.uk

Imtech Marine Netherlands B.V. is exhibiting their new Fire Fighting and Damage Control FFDC electronic incident board display system.  A warship standard unit will be operating to demonstrate capability and ease of use and visitors to the Imtech stand are invited to try out the system for themselves to experience the ease with which the information can be entered and status information displayed.

The touch sensitive screen allows easy input of status information.  The clear and intuitive graphics, with plot symbol libraries including the Royal Navy standard BR2170, enables trained naval personnel to start using the system with a minimum of training.

The system has been developed in close co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Navy to ensure system functionality fully addresses the needs of the onboard FFDC teams.  By using electronic HMI and information distribution techniques, enabling all FFDC display stations to be synchronized with current status information, the size of the FFDC team can be reduced.  The resulting system provides clear and unambiguous information on the status of the fire, smoke, chemical, radiological or flood incidents, enabling a co-ordinated response and escape routes to be planned based on real time status information.

The system is ideally suited for installation on lean manned newbuild warships and can also be used to upgrade existing warships, utilizing the existing sensor and fire fighting system equipment with only additional signal interfaces and multiple screen interconnecting cables being required.

The system also allows multiple configuration options making it suitable for all types of navy ships, but can also be customized for any commercial vessel or offshore platform.  www.imtechmarine.com

L-3 Marine Systems UK Ltd’s (L-3 MSUK) products cover an exceptional range from bridge to propeller and are supported by over a hundred L-3 Corporate companies worldwide, employing over 50, 000 dedicated and experienced personnel. They have much to talk about to visitors to their stand.

L-3 MSUK is providing the Platform Management System to the 65, 000-tonne Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers with HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier due to “flood up” which is when the biggest warship in the UK Royal Navy’s history is to be named at a ceremony on 4 July 2014 by Her Majesty The Queen.

L-3 MSUK’s state-of-the-art Platform Management System benefits from a distributed software server architecture that mitigates single to treble port failure ensuring reliability when stressed and flexibility at all times. They recently delivered a significant software release with the next release due August 2014.

The UK’s Astute Class Submarine programme continues at pace. Boat 1, HMS Astute is on operational deployment and Boat 2, HMS Ambush, will deploy during 2014 with both Submarines fully supported by L-3 MSUK, who provided the Control and Instrumentation (C&I) capability.

Work continues on the build of Boat 3, HMS Artful, which is due to deploy for the first time during 2015.

L-3 MSUK has been supporting the Platform Management System (PMS) on the UK’s Landing Platform Dock (LPD) Class since 2005. HMS Bulwark is operational whilst HMS Albion is currently on Extended Readiness having had a complete LAN replacement. HMS Albion will begin the regeneration process early in 2015 to become operational once again and HMS Bulwark, will then receive its LAN replacement.

In the Commercial Shipping sector, L-3 MSUK continues to grow with a number of high profile bridge replacement contracts in the cruise market including a complete new bridge system for Cunard on the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner.

Their exhibits are INEC 2014 are of interest to European military and commercial marine business sector customers where state of the art, reliable and flexible products and capabilities are required from a proven global company. L-3 MSUK prides itself on bridge to propeller solutions and would be happy to discuss your specific requirements.  www.l-3marinesystems.co.uk

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) will show their services in hydrodynamic and nautical research by means of a big video wall, including in particular research in naval engineering. The video wall will demonstrate their impressive research experience, their facilities and the added value they provide for their clients from early design to operations.

MARIN Is an independent research institute providing reliable and innovative services in hydrodynamic and nautical research. They provide a unique combination of know-how and expertise, using numerical, model test and simulator facilities, to assist their clients from the conceptual design stage up to operational challenges of new and existing solutions.

MARIN operates globally in a broad range of application areas, varying from ship design and operations, through offshore engineering to port & channel design, nautical safety and training. Their facilities are located in Wageningen and Ede, The Netherlands. They have an office in Houston, USA, a joint-venture in Shanghai, China and an agent in Sao Paulo, Brasil.www.marin.nl

Metalock Engineering UK Ltd has been involved in naval construction since 1984 and work closely with navies from around the world. They will showcase the varied types of engineering services they offer to companies involved in naval vessel construction and operation and maintenance on surface and sub-surface vessels.

They will be explaining the use of pre machining/metal spraying/finish machining on marine diesel engine block liner entablatures. This process can return sealing surfaces back to original sizes and prolong the working life of the engine. This technique has also been successfully applied on naval gas turbine exhaust volutes.

The following services are carried out on a regular basis on naval vessels all around the world

  • In Situ Machining,
  • Metalock Casting Repairs
  • Metal Spraying
  • Alignment services
  • Orbital machining on Prop-shaft bearing diameters and seal areas,
  • Crankshaft machining
  • Main bearing journal machining
  • Engine Block line boring,
  • Line Boring Rudders and Rudder housings
  • A/frames and stern tubes
  • Boring & reaming coupling holes
  • Bulkhead Gland seal machining
  • Milling Sonar Dome location face

Machining Armament seatings:

  • Gun Rings
  • Exocet seats
  • Antenna seats
  • DLF & DHL seats
  • PAMMS silo (upper and lower)
  • Phalanx Seats
  • Mass Decoy seats
  • Auto Loader seat
  • EOTS seats
  • Radar seats/masts
  • Capstan seats
  • Watertight doors surfaces
  • Strainer boxes,
  • Gas Turbine Engine Volute recovery

Metalock UK is involved in the on-going work on the new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
They have completed all required in situ machining work on all six of the new Type 45 Destroyers.

They have worked on all Type 23 Frigates since 1984 carrying out all of the above machining activities. The services they offer can be done in situ which saves money and reduces operational costs incurred due to expensive dock time

Their exhibits are of interest and use to every navy or company involved in the construction repair and operation on surface and subsea naval vessels.  www.metalock.co.uk

QinetiQ is pleased to announce that the HP-led ATLAS Consortium has selected them as preferred bidder to support the rollout of a Smart Information Management Service as part of DII Afloat. In this application, PRIME, highlighted on their stand, will be deployed fleetwide to submarines. The PRIME software tool helps maximise Maritime Wide Area Network availability for deployed ships and submarines by enabling users to determine what email they access over the network prior to downloading it, ensuring the available bandwidth is used more efficiently. This system has previously been demonstrated to great effect on board HMS Illustrious

The main Qinetiq exhibit will be a visualisation of the 21st Century Maritime Defence and Security battle space – QinetiQ play an important role on behalf of the UK MoD and other governments around the world as an independent advisor and assessor of new technology and military capabilities.  This puts them in a unique position regarding the future maritime defence and security scenario as they understand the importance of creating an integrated capability ranging from data link satellite communications to the recovery autonomous vehicles at sea.  The QinetiQ Maritime Division has 600 highly skilled engineers and scientists who together provide one of the largest teams in Europe with specialist maritime knowledge.  They have an excellent track record in utilising this team to allow customers to make the right decisions when procuring new equipment and ensuring that it can be integrated into your existing C4ISR capability.

Why is this exhibit so special? QinetiQ recognises the true complexity of the future maritime battle space and the much greater use of autonomous vehicles.  Today, autonomous maritime vehicles are common place, but when operated in the military environment how do you know that they will work reliably and provide you with the correct tactical information?

  • QinetiQ Maritime Autonomy Centre: QinetiQ has created the UK’s first Maritime Autonomy Centre (Q-MAC) to develop and de-risk the operation of unmanned complex systems.  They work closely with customers to develop concept of operations and design requirements as well as supporting system integration and performance evaluation.  Their facilities are secure and range from the Ocean Basin, which is the largest covered body of water in Europe, through to open water deployment of multiple assets operating in a cooperative environment.
  • Test and evaluation of unmanned aerial vehicles: They make unmanned aviation work for both government and commercial customers – applying quality surveillance and intelligence technologies to provide safe and cost-effective operations. They’re Europe’s largest commercial operator of unmanned aircraft, with a reputation for executing services in difficult environments such as the open ocean.  They help unmanned fleets deliver their potential – getting customers up and flying within weeks of a contract being awarded by overcoming challenges such as choosing the right system from the many options available, and agreeing work processes such as how to recover the aircraft at sea.
  • Using simulation to train personnel and allow them to experience the integrated battle scenario: Preparing the use of joint maritime forces in a realistic testing environment is critical to mission success. QinetiQ’s high-fidelity simulations for live mission training enable customers to train personnel in operational planning and analysis, so they’re ready to develop courses of action, tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) before they are deployed.The use of virtual and constructive simulations allows personnel to train with scarce or high value assets within the C4ISR integrated battle space, and means that live training capabilities can be adapted to meet evolving operational needs. Taking a technology-agnostic approach, QinetiQ integrates training systems and equipment supplied by different manufacturers to build the most effective synthetic representation possible.  By using after action review they can determine if your training achieved the maximum performance from your platform assets and personnel.www.qinetiq.com

Rolls-Royce plc will be highlighting the MT30 compact package 1:5 scale model. MT30 is the most power dense marine gas turbine available today and is designed to be the gas turbine of choice for the world’s future naval programmes able to deliver 40MW at ambient temperatures up to 38⁰C.

MT30 has a free power turbine making it the best choice for mechanical drive applications because of the engine’s wide performance envelope. This enhances propulsion system performance and operational flexibility.

MT30 can be delivered as a genset where the engine’s architecture delivers excellent dynamic performance and maintains quality of power supply during large load steps – this enables a stable and robust electrical distribution system as required by modern mission systems.

MT30 has been selected for the world’s most demanding naval platforms including:

  • The US Navy’s waterjet-powered Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship, to speeds in excess of 40kts.
  • The US Navy’s all-electric DDG 1000 advanced destroyers.
  • The UK Royal Navy’s all-electric Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.

Furthermore, the MT30 is trusted to deliver power in the world’s most advanced single-GT platforms including:

  • The Republic of Korea Navy’s FFX-II frigates.
  • The Royal Navy’s innovative Type 26 Global Combat Ship propulsion system will be designed around the dynamic MT30.

MT30 is of interest to navies around the world www.rolls-royce.com

Further information and registration
Further information on all aspects of INEC 2014 is at www.imarest.org/inec and from conferences@imarest.org; and +44 (0)20 7382 2702.  Registration will be open until the start of INEC 2014.

INEC 2014 Patrons

  • Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng HonFIMarEST
  • Rear Admiral (Ret) Ruurd Lutje Schipholt KNL OON HonFIMarEST
  • Rear Admiral Dr Arie Jan de Waard
  • Commodore (Dr) Rakesh K Rana
  • Tony Graham RCNC

INEC 2014 Technical Advisory Committee

  • Cdre John Newell MBE RN, Ministry of Defence, UK (Chairman)
  • Jens Ballé, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH, Germany
  • Cdr Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Capt Mark Dannatt RN (Rtd), GE Power Conversion
  • Lt Alex Davies RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Frans de Wildt, ProRail, the Netherlands
  • Ian Grant, QinetiQ
  • Dr Alistair Greig, University College London
  • Tim Hardy, BMT Defence Services Ltd
  • Dr Michael Harper, Office of Naval Research Global
  • Lt Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Lt Cdr André Hertsenberg RNLN, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Keith Howard, Babcock International Group
  • Simon Knight, Babcock International Group
  • Lt Cdr Hugh Maddison RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Paul Maillardet, Ministry of Defence, UK
  • Dr Phil Rottier, The MathWorks Limited
  • Cdr Dr Paul Schulten RNLN, Netherlands Defence Academy
  • Prof Douwe Stapersma, Netherlands Defence Academy
  • Cdr John Voyce RN, Ministry of Defence, UK

INEC 2014’s sponsors
BMT Defence Services is the major sponsor of INEC 2014; and its Associate Sponsors are
Babcock International Group, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Imtech Marine, QinetiQ and Thales Nederland B.V.

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.

[1] About Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB, OBE, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Ministry of Defence, UK

Vice Admiral Simon Lister joined the Royal Navy in 1978, and studied Naval Engineering at the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon and Royal Naval College Greenwich before qualifying as a Nuclear Officer of the Watch in HMS VALIANT in 1984.  Based at Faslane, VALIANT was then the oldest nuclear submarine in commission.

Returning to Greenwich to gain an MSc in Nuclear Engineering in 1986, he was subsequently appointed as Marine Engineer Officer of HMS ODIN, a diesel submarine running from the Clyde.

A period of Russian language and specialist training led to a tour with the Foreign Office as Assistant Naval Attaché Moscow, during the extraordinary period covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and communism, and east/west military rapprochement.

In 1993 he returned to sea as the Marine Engineering Officer of first (briefly) HMS TORBAY and then TRENCHANT, where he was promoted Commander in 1994.  A two year spell as Naval Assistant to the Chief Executive of the Ship Support Agency followed, during which the Agency was formed, the dockyards were privatised, and the first contract for Devonport nuclear infrastructure (D154) was placed.

In 1996, he was the first Naval Officer to attend the Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School.  He specialised in consulting/change management techniques within organisations, and the future of the European Defence Industry.  Graduating with distinction in 1997, he was appointed to DN Plans in the Ministry of Defence.  In the MoD HQ he introduced a new performance management regime to the Naval Sector, working closely with the Navy Board.

Promoted Captain in 1999 Simon Lister became an Assistant Director in the newly formed Directorate of Performance and Analysis, tasked to spread performance management techniques to the MoD as a whole.  In 2001, he was appointed as Naval Attaché Moscow, leading the Naval Co-operation Programme with the Russian Federation Armed Forces, the UK Resettlement Programme, and UK’s involvement with the Arctic Military Environmental Co-operation Group for nuclear clean-up in Russia.  In 2002 he was awarded the OBE.

In February 2003, Simon Lister was appointed Team Leader of the Marine Electrical Systems IPT in the Warship Support Agency.  Promoted to Commodore in 2004 he took over as Team Leader of the DLO Restructuring Team, and completed the merger of four headquarters and formation of DLO corporate services before being appointed as Naval Base Commander Devonport in April 2005.  He moved to London in April 2008 where he took up an appointment as Naval Senior Directing Staff at the Royal College of Defence Studies as a Rear Admiral.  In March 2009, he became Director Submarines, responsible for the procurement, in service support and disposal of the UK nuclear submarine flotilla.  He assumed responsibilities as Chief Naval Engineer Officer in June 2011.

Promoted Vice Admiral in November 2013, and appointed to his current post as Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Simon Lister has also assumed the role of Chief of Fleet Support on the Navy Board.  He is responsible for all Defence Equipment & Support outputs across Ships, Submarines and Naval Bases.

Simon is married to Anita and they have three children.  Free time is spent sailing, skiing, tinkering with old cars that have exceeded their economic life and using them for long distance exploration (they drove their Land Rover to Mongolia through Siberia in 2002 and a Ford Fiesta from London to Mali in 2008).  He is Commodore of the Royal Navy Sailing Association and

[2] About Vice Admiral Matthieu J M Borsboom, Commander of the Royal Netherlands navy – Admiral Borsboom joined the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1978 as midshipman. He subsequently graduated as a Principal Warfare Officer and following a number of distinguished postings he moved to the Admiralty in The Hague. He was assigned to several strategic posts before being promoted in 2007 to Rear Admiral and became Director of Operational Policy, Requirements and Plans.

He was Deputy Chief of Staff Stability at ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan responsible for the lines of operation concerning governance and development in Afghanistan and the elections held within the country. Admiral Borsboom was promoted to Vice Admiral in January 2010 and was subsequently appointed Commander of the Royal
Netherlands Navy.  [For further information on the strong Dutch support for INEC 2014 please see release issued 8 April –http://bit.ly/1mO7wZC ]

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