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Marine electrical and control systems safety under the conference spotlight

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Kevin Daffey

Kevin Daffey

Delivering integrated, dependable, safe and reliable systems is the theme of MECSS 2015, the Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference, being held in Bristol on 24 and 25 November, which has attracted delegates from Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, UK, and USA.

MECSS 2015 has also attracted over 20 compelling and highly topical speakers, amongst them, opening morning keynote speaker Moritz Krijgsman, from HyPS Hybrid Power Systems, the Netherlands, the innovative company specialising in the design, development, delivery and service of hybrid power and propulsion systems for vessels.

Moritz Krijgsman intends exploring such angles as the objectives and requirements driving ‘new school’ ship owners and designers; the modern features to which these lead (using a state-of-the-art full hybrid explorer yacht as an example); and the new challenges these features invoke in electrical and electronics systems infrastructures.

“This will undoubtedly get our two-day conference off to a flying start, ” says Kevin Daffey, MECSS 2015 Conference Chairman, and Global Head of Electrical Power and Control Systems, Rolls-Royce plc, “and, as well as looking at emerging technology, our keynote speaker will touch on the topic that lies at the very heart of MECSS, the industry’s fundamental responsibility to make people at sea safer.”

The IMarEST conference features sessions on Prominent Hazards; Emerging Technology; Whole System Verification, Integration and Regulation; and Operation, Maintenance and Training/Human Factors. Like all IMarEST Learned Society events MECSS 2015 is CPD approved by the Institute.

Looking at the growing attendance list, Kevin Daffey, who will welcome delegates at the start of the first day of the event explains “The MECSS attendance list already reads like an industry ‘who’s who’. Organisations represented range from cruise ship operators such as Disney Cruise Line, to the UK Ministry of Defence, Defence Materiel Organisation of the Netherlands, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal New Zealand Navy; from merchant vessels owners and operators including BP Shipping and Shell Shipping and Maritime Technology to academia including the universities of Manchester, Strathclyde and Twente; and also includes key players in both the supply chain and Class societies.  We are delighted by the response from home and overseas and to be so well supported by Lloyd’s Register as our Principal Sponsor and GE Marine as Associate Sponsor.”

The full conference programme is online at www.mecss.org.uk and available from mecss@figsevents.co.uk

Networking is key
All IMarEST events ensure there is plenty of time set aside for networking, and MECSS 2015 is no exception. Coffee, lunch and tea breaks allow time for this vital component of a successful event. Aptly the MECSS Reception will be held on The Promenade Deck of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s 1843 Bristol-built ss Great Britain.

The ss Great Britain was built to serve the growing transatlantic passenger trade between England and the United States. She was unique at the time in terms of the construction and size and was the first propeller driven, ocean going, iron wrought ship in the world, also coming in at 100 feet longer than any of her rivals. At the time many sceptics believed that a metal ship on such a scale would not be able to float, however, they were proved wrong and the ss Great Britain made her maiden voyage to New York in 1845, taking just 14 days to complete the journey.

About the keynote speaker
After finishing at the Royal Netherlands Naval College in 1984, Moritz Krijgsman started his career as a chief engineering officer on submarines, building up knowledge and experience as a self-supporting user and repairer of very special and sophisticated marine equipment with a ‘third dimension’.

After a military service time of 14 years he changed direction to maintenance and repair of military vessels at the Naval Dockyard in Den Helder. In the function of maintenance engineering manager he started up the philosophy of efficient up-keeping: ‘Think before you maintain or repair’.

In 1997 he changed over to the new building business as the Engineering Manager at Smit Transformers in Nijmegen, where he guided the change towards the modular and parametric design and construction of power transformers.

In 2003 he returned to the marine business as the Managing Director of Alewijnse Marine Technology, the dedicated design and engineering company of Alewijnse Marine Systems. In this function he was the driver of the change of course from pure electrician towards electrical systems engineering company in several electrical and electronic application fields and market segments. Besides this managerial challenge, Moritz was the architect of the electrical power and energy systems of o.a. S/Y Ethereal and the Amsterdam Fuel Cell Boat NemoH2.

Initiated by Alewijnse and Holland Jachtbouw in 2014 Moritz Krijgsman started HyPS Hybrid Power Systems, supported by a core team from Alewijnse Marine Technology. HyPS is a Netherlands based company specialising in the design, development, delivery and service of hybrid power and propulsion systems for vessels.

Moritz Krijgsman holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He lives in the neighbourhood of Nijmegen with his wife.

What is IMarEST?
IMarEST is the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. With over 16, 000 members in 128 countries, the IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

In addition to a wide range of services, including publishing The Marine Professional, the Institute organises learned society events for its members and the wider industry, these include: the Engine As A Weapon International Symposia (EAAW); Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS) and the International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC); the learned society events are organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of IMarEST.

The experts behind MECSS
The Technical Advisory Committee comprises a group of experts from industry, academia and the military with the aim of developing and steering the technical programme for the event.

Chairman: Kevin Daffey,  Rolls-Royce
• Dr Campbell Booth, University of Strathclyde
• Paul Eaton, GE Power Conversion
• Andrew Edmondson, BAE Systems Maritime – Submarines
• Duncan Gould, Disney Cruise Line
• Pim Janse, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding
• Milton Korn, American Bureau of Shipping
• Jamie McCarthy, Rolls-Royce Marine Electrical Systems
• Kees Posthumus, Defence Materiel Organisation, the Netherlands
• Jeremy Richardson, Shell Shipping and Maritime Technology
• Peter Rogers, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics GmbH
• C/O (SE) Mark Royston-Tonks RFA, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Mel Scott, QinetiQ
• Bernard Twomey, Lloyd’s Register
• Richard Vie FREng
• Phil White, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
• Shaun White, BP Shipping Limited

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