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In a Complex World - Simple is Still Best on a Dark and Stormy Night

John Haynes AFNI FRINA - Workshop Lead / Managing Director, Shock Mitigation

John is an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Fellow of RINA, Commercial Yachtmaster Ocean and Advanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes 30 years professional sector training, consultancy and strategic product development. He has worked with over 100 organisations including military, SAR, police, commercial operators, designers, legislators, OEM equipment manufacturers and…


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Breaking the Historical Paradigms of Maritime First Aid Training

Paul Savage OBE - Maritime Medical Solutions Consultant, Saviour Medical

Paul walked into a Lifeboat station on his 17th birthday and never left, initially volunteering at Poole and now at Tower Lifeboat in London. With his interest in remote and maritime paramedical medicine he joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as the Clinical Operations Manager. He was responsible for the operational medical response of all of the UK and Eire’s Lifeboat crew, Lifeguards and Flood Response teams, as well as the architect and custodian of the Clinical Governance…


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Jon Lewis - Maritime Command, UK Border Force

Inspired by a voyage on the STA vessel “Winston Churchill” Jon started his career at sea as an Engineering cadet with Texaco overseas Tankships in 1979, studying at Reardon Smith in Cardiff and Warsash (Argyle Road) in Southampton. Jon joined HM Customs and Excise in 1985, joining the Cutter service (Marine Branch). He progressed from junior engineer to Chief Engineer in 1994, before coming ashore in 2012. After completing further training as an ISM Lead Auditor, DPA, Jon gained the NEBOSH General Certificate. Jon was promoted…


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How ALL Marine Sectors can learn from Accidents & Incidents - including Points Of Failure

Captain Andrew Moll - Deputy Chief Inspector, Marine Accident Investigation Branch

Andrew joined the Royal Navy in 1978. He served in HMS COVENTRY during the Falklands Conflict in 1982. His career was largely sea-going, spent in destroyers and aircraft carriers. His commands included: the fast patrol boat SNV AL FULK, while on loan to the Omani Navy during the later stages of the Iran-Iraq war; the Type 42 destroyer, HMS YORK, in the Gulf on counter-narcotics operations; the Type 22 frigate, HMS CHATHAM, leading NATO’s squadron in the Mediterranean and patrolling…


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Integrated Remote Healthcare at Sea in the 21st Century

Dr Spike Briggs - Managing Director, Medical Support Offshore

Dr Spike Briggs CEng FRCA is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in the UK. He originally graduated with a degree in civil engineering, worked in the offshore industry for over ten years (including being at Piper Alpha in 1988), and then entered Medical School. He has sailed all his life, including a round the world yacht race in 1996. For the past twenty years, he has been involved in providing medical advice for many yacht races, including the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup. He is an…


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Lifejackets Are Part Of An Integrated Life Saving Solution

Alistair Hackett - Managing Director, Ocean Safety

Alistair spent 16 years as Logistics Director at The Challenge Business and was involved in the support of all 51 of the Global Challenge circumnavigations including that of Dee Caffari in 2005/6. Joined Ocean Safety in Southampton as General Manager in 2006 and within that role has also managed the supply of all the safety equipment and safety training for the last 3 Volvo Ocean Races. Alistair is a member of the RORC Special Regulations Committee and also the RYA Technical Committee. Ocean Safety…


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Why Fundamental Seamanship and Simple Navigation still matter in the Digital Age

Commander Adam Northover - Fleet Navigator, Fleet Seamanship Officer and MoD Boats Manager - Royal Navy

Though originally from Cambridgeshire, Adam grew up by the sea from a young age in Cornwall and joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 1995. Early appointments included the Hong Kong Squadron serving in the Patrol Craft HMS Peacock, and Officer of the Watch in HMS Iron Duke during the Kosovo crisis. Following Navigation training he was appointed to the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel, HMS Dumbarton Castle as Navigating Officer, and then the Type 42 Destroyer HMS Nottingham. Following Initial Command and Staff Course and Principle Warfare Officer Training,…


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Maritime Situational Awareness - Determination, Perception and Integrity

Captain Don Cockrill MBE FNI - Secretary General, UK Maritime Pilots Association

Don’s seafaring adventures began in 1973 as a cadet with Canadian Pacific (CP Ships) from where having progressed to master specialising in petro-chemicals he spent a brief period with Stolt-Neilson before joining the Port of London Authority as a pilot in 1991 where he still works as one of the senior pilots. Concurrently throughout almost all of that period he has been involved one way or another in the administration and work of the United Kingdom Maritime Pilots’ Association…


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The Reality of Familiarity Breeding Contempt on High Speed Craft

Simon Wood Power - Managing Director, Supermarine Powerboats

Born into the world of powerboat racing Simon has raced in all classes of powerboats since the late 70’s. He worked for Cougar in the late 80s rigging and racing many offshore powerboats including the Virgin Atlantic Challenger One. Simon raced professionally in Italy in Class One for many years before several fatalities caused him to reassess and move back to the UK. He is a Harmsworth Trophy winner and also a multiple Cowes Torquay Cowes powerboat race winner. He holds a K7 Gold Star for breaking a World Speed Record…


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What does Autonomy mean for Maritime Safety?

James Fanshawe CBE - Chairman, Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group

James Fanshawe retired from the Royal Navy in 2005. An Anti-Submarine warfare specialist, he commanded HMS Hurworth, HMS Cleopatra, HMS Fearless and was the Commander United Kingdom Task Group and Commander of the Devonport Flotilla. He held several senior appointments ashore including Director of Plans at the UK Permanent Joint Headquarters. James works within a mixed commercial portfolio, chairing several companies and organisations. He chairs the UK’s Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group on behalf of the Marine Industries Alliance. This group has now…


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How Do We Keep Our Rescuers Safe At Sea

Lewis Arnold - Operations Manager (Lifeboats), RNLI

Lewis joined the RNLI as a volunteer in Portsmouth in 2007. He soon realised that Search & Rescue was something he had a passion for, becoming a member of the Flood Rescue team in 2008 and joining the Thames crew at Chiswick in 2009. He originally trained as a Mechanical & Electrical engineer working within industry for 16 years, progressing into management and overseeing several high-profile, critical government contracts. In 2017 he became a full-time employee of the RNLI as Operations Manager (Lifeboats). In…


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How A Rescue Evolves - HM Coastguard National Maritime Operations Centre

HM Coastguard Maritime Operations Controller

Her Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG) is a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency responsible for the initiation and co-ordination of all maritime search and rescue (SAR) within the UK Maritime Search and Rescue Region. This includes the mobilisation, organisation and tasking of adequate resources to respond to persons either in distress at sea, or to persons at risk of injury or death on the cliffs or shoreline of the United Kingdom. It is also responsible for land based search…


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Vessel and Crew Health Monitoring to aid Operators Managing Fleets and Staff

James Glover - Managing Director, DYENA

A naval architect and design engineer with over 20 years experience in automotive, motorsport and high speed marine craft design with technical skills focused around mechanical, hydraulic and electrical system design. Before forming Dyena, James was Head of Engineering Design for a high performance powerboat company, focusing on defence and commercial high speed craft design. Since releasing their original device in 2012, Dyena has continued to advance their vessel monitoring systems, supplying government agencies including the Royal Navy, US Navy, and commercial wind farm operators such as EON and RWE.…


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A Stable Vessel is a Safer Vessel

James Coker - Account Manager Northern Europe, Seakeeper

James Coker joined the Seakeeper team in June 2017 after spending the previous 6 years working in the marine industry as an engineer specializing in vessel stabilization. By utilising proven Seakeeper solutions, James focuses on working with boat builders and professional end-users to stabilize vessels. His aim is to improve safety, reduce crew fatigue and increase the amount of time that vessels can spend at sea. Seakeeper was founded in 2003 for the purpose of researching, developing and marketing motion control devices for boats under 70 meters. The first Seakeeper shipped was…


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A Stable Vessel is a Safer Vessel

Andrew Pearce - Sales Representative Northern Europe, Seakeeper

Andrew joined the Seakeeper team in August 2018. The first ten years of his career were spent as a Commissioning Technician for marine propulsion systems. The last 2 years were spent diversifying into sales and project management roles, working with some prestigious yards in the U.K and Europe. With the focus of crew safety and fatigue reduction ever more present in the minds of commercial operators. Andrew’s key role includes working with the operators and builders in the commercial sector. He is also responsible for managing the dealer network within Northern…


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Dr Tom Gunston - Chairman, British Standards Whole Body Vibration Panel

Tom Gunston has been involved in assessing the shock and vibration isolation performance of seating for land, sea and air transport for over 20 years. He now splits his consultancy work between noise, vibration and high speed marine sectors. He is Chair of the British Standards panel on Whole Body Vibration and was Convenor of the international (ISO) working group tasked with the development of a standard test for marine seats. He carried out research into suspension seat performance at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and then worked for…


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Dr Thomas Coe - Senior Consultant, Frazer-Nash Consultancy / Naval Design Partnership

Dr Thomas Coe is a Senior Consultant with Frazer-Nash Consultancy currently on secondment to the Naval Design Partnership as the High Speed Craft Group Manager and Technical Lead of the MoD’s Maritime Whole Body Vibration Project. He has an extensive background in WBV in small fast craft having completed a PhD in the subject from Southampton University, conducted numerous at sea and laboratory trials and is a member of a number of international committees on the subject. Prior to joining the NDP he worked on a…


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Pete Sheppard - Senior Naval Architect, RNLI

Pete joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 2006 with extensive knowledge and experience in composites and boat building. He has been responsible for structural design, resolving production and processing issues during the construction of lifeboats and specifying and overseeing structural repairs and upgrades of existing boats. In addition, Pete has been running a program of measurement, research and development into Whole Body Vibration monitoring and its effects across the RNLI’s fleet. He has started to combine this learning with the particular human…


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Cutting edge update on suspension seating innovations and industry led technology

Sean Gerrett - Sales Manager, Shockwave

Enhanced Seat Cushion Performance and Non-Mechanical Shock Mitigation Solutions

James Taylor - President & CEO, SKYDEX Technologies

For almost 30 years Jim Taylor has been focused on developing innovative and highly engineered products for a variety of technically demanding industries. As President & CEO of SKYDEX since 2014, Jim has focused the company on technology innovation, streamlining its development processes and expanding the applications of its technology portfolio. He is proud of the hard work and dedication of the SKYDEX team that is providing its customers with outstanding service…


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Comparing Lateral & Vertical Accelerations Between Nh1816 & Arie Visser Class

Hans van der Molen - Head of Technical Projects & Innovation, KNRM (Royal Netherlands Lifeboat)

Hans has been working for the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue organisation for over 27 years as technical superintendent, where he is currently in charge of a small team which is responsible for technical projects and technical innovation. Hans started his career in the merchant navy as one of the first  ships engineer / navigation officer generation. After being stationed 2 years in Japan and Korea as part of a new building team for container vessels and a career at sea for almost 9 years, Hans decided to join the lifeboat services,…


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Cutting edge update on suspension seating innovations and industry led technology

Andrew Hughes - Business Development - Europe, SHOXS

Andrew is SHOXS business development manager for Europe where he wants to bring the best shock mitigation technology to all types of users. Andrew has worked within the military boats sector for the majority of his working life. After completing engineering training, he moved to boat building at RTK Marine. Working on the laminating, electrical, engineering and general fit out of the craft before moving into the testing and commissioning of the craft. RTK was bought by VT Halmatic where he worked as a Sales Executive, test coxswain and commissioning engineer including…


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Cutting edge update on suspension seating innovations and industry led technology

Jonathan Young - Managing Director, Scot Seats

Scot Seats Group is a family owned and operated business based in Ayrshire, Scotland. The company design and manufacture seating for multiple transport sectors. In-house skills include metal fabrication, joinery, upholstery, spray painting, coating and composite manufacture. Facilitating both small and large orders to customers’ specific requirements as well as numerous customised specialist seating and mounting systems. Scot Seats Direct Ltd is a market leader in seating manufacture for commercial vehicles, buses, trains, fire engines and military use. All seats comply with regulations pertaining to each industry for…


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