3 Unique Next Generation Workshops in Southampton UK - 25 26 27 October 2016

Mon, 15 August 2016

A unique programme of three specialist events for the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector is being held ‘back to back’ at the Grand Harbour in Southampton UK this October. The fast moving workshop style programme brings together an international group of experts armed with the latest knowledge to identify problems that affect the maritime sector worldwide - and highlight potential solutions!


SSA members receive 20% discount. Each Workshop concentrates on a particular current area of interest so members can attend single days or all 3 days. The subjects highlight emerging opportunities and many will be relevant to companies in both commercial and leisure marine markets.


Next Generation SHOCK MITIGATION Workshop on 25 October 2016 focuses on shock mitigation solutions. Attendees include Commercial, Professional and Military Organisations, Boat Builders, Equipment Manufacturers, Service Providers and Classification Societies.


Next Generation HIGH SPEED CRAFT Workshop on 26 October 2016 focuses on RIBs and high speed craft. Topics are relevant to Workboats, Pilot Boats, Patrol Boats, Search & Rescue, Survey Vessels, Superyacht Tenders and the emerging market for Unmanned Surface Vessels.


Next Generation HYBRID MARINE POWER Workshop on 27 October 2016 focuses on innovative power and propulsion. The objective is to identify efficiency by all means. Modular and scalable hybrid concepts are also relevant to Offshore Supply Vessels, Patrol Vessels and Superyachts.


Event organiser and Workshop Lead John Haynes said, ‘Next Generation sessions are dynamic and relevant, with plenty of long breaks to encourage networking and knowledge sharing. We focus on viable innovation and using people’s time effectively. We also know that having the right people onboard is essential and there is no substitute for meeting the experts face to face when asking the hard questions. You should simply drop everything and be here if you have a burning problem or a great solution to offer!’


SKYDEX Technologies is lead sponsor of the Workshop days. Based in the US, the company is a global leader in impact mitigation and cushioning solutions with technology installed in over 20,000 military vehicles and 6,000 marine craft. Other supporters include SHOXS from Canada and WING Inflatables from the US. SHOXS offer a wide range of technology led products to meet the shock mitigation requirements of boat builders and end user organisations. WING design and manufacture high performance RIB tubes and sponsons for commercial and military use.


The one day Workshops are being held at the Grand Harbour Hotel overlooking the port of Southampton. Supporters of the event include Shipbuilders & Shiprepairers Association, British Marine, Lloyd’s Register, UK Maritime Pilots Association, SMMI, University of Southampton and Southampton Solent University.


John Haynes added, ‘Boat builders and specialist component manufacturers now recognise that they need to work together to develop next generation systems that fit the rapidly changing requirements of modern fleets. The unique knowledge gained from these workshop sessions will help to shape long term decisions that lead to improvements for in-service systems and procurement of next generation vessels.’


NEXT GENERATION Workshops - Information

NEXT GENERATION Workshops - Organiser




  • Pete Sheppard – Naval Architect, RNLI

'Assessing WBV Exposure and Implementing Improvements on Small Craft'

  • Tom Coe – Senior Consultant, Frazer Nash / NDP

'Development of an International Standard for Comparing Shock Mitigating Boat Seat Performance'

  • Dr Tom Gunston – British Standards Institute, Whole Body Vibration Panel

'ISO Standards for Seat Testing and Seat Usage in Various Transport Sectors'

  • Commander RN (Rtd) Richard Finnemore – DES Ships CSS Boat

'Update on UK Ministry of Defence Whole Body Vibration Working Group'

  • James Taylor & Dave Parsons – SKYDEX Technologies

'High Performance Cushion Decking and Seating Solutions for RIBs & High Speed Craft'

  • Tim Rees – Analyst, SHOXS

'Shock Mitigation Solutions for Marine Vehicle Safety'

  • Alberto Calderon – Executive Director and Chairman, Transonic Hull Company

‘Evaluation of Transonic Hull for Shock-Free High Speed Operation’


WEDS 26 October: RIB & HIGH SPEED CRAFT Workshop:

  • Commander Chris Pratt MBE (AFNI) – Border Protection Squadron, Border Force

'Blending Traditional Seamanship with New Maritime Roles and High Technology'

  • Hans van der Molen – Head of Technical Projects & Innovation, KNRM (NL Lifeboat) 'Integrating New Vessels and Technology into Established Maritime Organisations'
  • Andrew Hughes – Business Development, SHOXS (former BAE Systems)

'Challenges for Small Companies Dealing with Prime Contractors and Defence Procurement'

  • Peter Foley & James Taylor – SKYDEX Technologies

'Utilizing Polymers & Geometries to Create Multiphase Springs for Commercial Military Applications'

  • Julian Morgan – Managing Director, KPM Marine

'Smart COTS Design can Reduce Time, Cost & Weight on New Build Vessels and Retrofit Projects'

  • Tom Coe – Senior Consultant, Frazer Nash / ND

'Measuring Noise and Vibration in Maritime Environments'

  • Stephen Beadsmoore – Managing Director, Wave Access Project

'Innovative High Speed Craft for Emerging Maritime Roles'

  • Andrew Branagh & David Kelly – WING Inflatables

‘Developing High Performance Inflatable Solutions for Commercial and Military Use’



  • Captain Muhammad Shafique – Senior Lecturer Petrochem, Warsash Maritime Academy 'Combining Hybrid Marine Power with Alternative Low Emission Fuels'
  • Bernard Twomey – Global Head of Electrotechnical Systems, Lloyd's Register

'How Guidance Notices and Classification Rules assist Hybrid Designers'

  • Mel Lewis & Simon Churchill – Mainstay Marine Solutions

'Hybrid Systems for Workboats, Pilot Boats, Patrol Vessels and Passenger Vessels'

  • Dr Dennis Doerffel – Founder & Chief Technology Officer, REAP Systems

'Developing COTS Hybrid Solutions for Venice Water Taxis and Military Vessels'

  • Graeme Hawksley – Managing Director, Hybrid Marine

'Innovative Hybrid Systems for Small Workboats and Commercial Craft'

  • John Haynes – Managing Director, Shock Mitigation

‘The Hour of Power – Viable Hybrid Technology for Commercial & Military Applications’

  • Presenter TBC

'Integrating Diesel Main Engines & Generators with Hybrid Power & Propulsion Systems'

'Next Generation Power including Lithium Ion and High Performance Battery Systems'

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