Glasgow, 17 February 2018 – The Scottish Branch of IMarEST hosted its 64th Annual Dinner with commendable success; Anna Kaparaki and Eleni Bouri report:
Around 250 members and guests attended the 64th Annual Dinner of the Scottish Branch of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) last Friday, 16 February 2018 at the Double Tree by Hilton Glasgow Central.
At the top table guests were Ms Joanna Pohorski from Lloyd’s Register, UK & Ireland area manager, Marine & Offshore, Mr. Ranjeen Kurup, Vice Chair, Aberdeen Maritime Joint Branch, Mr. Phil Sayer, Associate Dean, facility of Engineering Strathclyde University, Dr Nicola Crawford, Director, Faculty of Nautical Studies, City of Glasgow College, Mr. John Mckelvie, Retired police office & Ex Referee, Commodore Rob Dorey MA RFA, President Elect of IMarEST, Mr. Thomas Kelly, Chairman of the Scottish branch IMarEST, Mr. Maurice Baker, Director Ship Management West Division V. Ships, Ms. Elizabeth Wilson, Chair IMechE Glasgow & SW Scotland, Mr. Commodore Mark Gayfer RN, Commander, H.M. Naval Base Clyde, Ms Karen Dinardo, President, Institute of Engineering & Shipbuilders in Scotland, Wallace Cutherbertson, Senior Principle Surveyor, Station Manager, DNV GL Glasgow, Mr. Paul Feely, Engineering Director, BAE System Naval Ships, Ms Amy Parry, Vice Chair, Scottish Branch IMarEST.
Mr. Thomas Kelly the Chairman of the Scottish branch of IMarEST welcomed the guests and referred to the success of 2017 63rd annual dinner held in the Clyde suite of the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow. He introduced Mr. Maurice Baker, Director, Ship Management West Division of V. Ships, who gave a speech regarding the 4th Industrial Revolution and the great impact of digitalisation on V. Ships and in general on the maritime industry.
Mr. Baker noted that “the 4th Industrial Revolution has started and this is both exciting and frightening. Digitalisation is happening fast in the maritime industry and its stakeholders should be agile to change. The Internet of things and blockchain technologies will represent a different operating model for all businesses. Automation and autonomous ships will become reality. High utilization of assets will change the traditional model of vessel commercial operations. Changes in energy sources and environmental consideration will affect the design of ships. Technology and data will be key in the new business model. The ships will become greener. The change of the market has started. One thing that will change in this 4th Industrial Revolution is the need for conversation. It is an exciting and daunting time but with people like this around me the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. My advice for you ladies and gentlemen is be a part of the future, embrace change, be open to different ways of working and don’t lose the heart of conversation”.
Commodore Rob Dorey noted that the membership has increased over the last 5 years from 12,000 to 22,000 which is fantastic and absolutely brilliant. He also referred to the main goals of IMarEST for the next 5 years, to promote professionalism and technical leadership and support development.
Guests enjoyed a marvellous dinner menu and had a great opportunity to network and mingle.
Picture credits: Anna Kaparaki, Eleni Bouri
*Anna Kaparaki, LLM, MSc, is a legal maritime professional. She has recently graduated with Distinction from Liverpool John Moores University, after completing a Master of Science in Maritime Operations Management. She is specialized in the legal and technical challenges of electronic bills of lading in the carriage of goods by sea. She has a keen interest in the digitalisation of the maritime industry.
**Eleni Bouri, BSc, MSc, is a graduate from Liverpool John Moores University after completing a Master of Science in Maritime Operations Management. She has a family background in the global maritime industry. Eleni has a financial and economic educational background and she has leveraged her knowledge and experience in shipping matters through her most recent postgraduate studies.