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Superyacht UK Technical Seminar 2018 Agenda

10.30 – Intro from SYUK chairman – Peter Brown

10.40 – MCA – Sir Alan Massey

The head of the Maritime Coastguard Agency will update the delegates on the current restructure of the organisation and other news from the UK’s Maritime Authority.

11.00 - ICOMIA - Udo Kleinitz

From the top of the regulation pile, what are the new IMO rules coming into play – Engine Tier III emission levels, Ballast water convention, the Polar code, Biofouling, and much more……..

11.15 – REG Update – Jo Assael (CISR)

The REG have been working on a new commercial superyacht code. This is updating the two current codes (LY3 and PYC) and combining them into one code. Jo Assael from CISR will talk through the major updates and changes.

11.30 -  Break

12.00 – Helicopter Regulations – Jonathan Turner (MAST)  – Why it’s important for the marine industry to use the most up to date aviation regulations – The large yacht sector has long used helipads to varying degrees, whether it’s just for dropping off and picking up passengers orfull refuelling and storage capabilities. However, has the large yacht sector always used the full up to date aviation rules? Do touch and go helipads exist, how are the large yacht rules changing to better reflect those that the aviation industry use and what are the latest updates in the aviation industry.     

12.30 – Operational Challenges – Philip Naylor (Burgess)

Burgess give an insight on the current and foreseeable operational challenges facing large yachts. Looking at crew safety and how the regulations are changing the way vessels operate.

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Major Challenges/Owner driven changes to the design

  • Hybrid and efficient ship power management – Tobias Kohl (MTU) and Ken Wittamore (Triskel Marine)
    An insight as to why owners want hybrid systems (noise/vibration reduction, lower fuel costs, tier III compliant). What are the different types of hybrid propulsion and their benefits and draw backs. How easy is it to retrofit a hybrid system into an existing yacht? Hybrid vessels need intelligent and efficient power management systems in place so what other aspects of the systems such as batteries are being developed, what are the advantages and potential pitfalls of this technology.
  • Glass – Rupert Wilkins (Trend Marine)
    Over the last few years the use of glass in superyachts has been changing. Owners now want light airy spaces which can only be provided by floor to ceiling glass. What are the issues and constraints facing the glass manufacturers, what new technologies are being used to construct the glass and what are the issues with getting approval on glass panels.  With new technology comes new problems, chemically toughed glass is now a common component but are there any NDT methods to check the glass after the vessel has been in service.
  • Autonomy – Tara Glen (E P Barrus and The Marine Autonomous systems (surface) working group)
    Although it’s unlikely that Superyachts will ever need or want to be fully autonomous they could well use a degree of autonomy. We have a look at the different degrees of autonomy available to yachts and the possible uses and how the new regulations have been formed.  

15.00 -  Break

15.30 – Current Legal challenges in the SYUK sector - Tony Allen (Hill Dickinson)

  • French crew social security regs, possible extension to private yachts / EU yachts
  • Med charter rules – VAT etc
  • GDPR
  • Disclosure of UBO ownership of companies
  • Use of AIS on yachts (or “can I switch if off?”)

16.00 – Key Note Speaker –  Simon Schofield  (BAR Technologies)