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ICOMIA to host technical workshop at METS

Monday, September 5, 2011

For the third year in a row, the popular ICOMIA and European Boatbuilder collaboration Workshop on New Technologies will be held on Wednesday 16 November at METS. The workshop is free to attend and features an impressive line-up of expert industry speakers and current topics. 

“This is the absolute best speakers we could have hoped for”, says ICOMIA’s Technical Manager Udo Kleinitz about this year’s line-up.

This year’s special highlights feature prominent naval architect Gerard Dykstra presenting his vision of “Future Boat Design” and Brazilian marine industry association ACOBAR’s Jorge Nasseh speaking about the highly topical “Boatbuilding Regulations/Standards in Brazil”.

Other expert presentations include “Fuel Cells in Marine Application” (Tom Chicken, Fuel Cell Systems), “Quiet Boats – Sound Quality in Cabins” (Hannu Nykanen, VTT), “A Simplified Approach to Scantlings Calculation” (Robin Loscombe, Southampton Solent University), “An Industry Approach to Avoid Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing” (Udo Kleinitz, ICOMIA and John Adey, ABYC) and “Structural Design of Details in FRP-stiffeners” (Markku Hentinen, VTT).

Throughout the past year, ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) has been very active in finding solutions to regulatory and standardisation issues. The results of this work will be presented at the workshop through the publication of simplified scantlings software and the electromagnetic compatibility best engineering standard.

Workshop on New Technologies is tailored for boat builders operating internationally and those who self-certify their boats, but everybody interested in the speakers and subjects is encouraged to attend. The workshop provides priceless information regarding standard applications and reflects the state of the art in manufacturing.

“This symposium gives boat builders the opportunity to hear about the latest technical developments straight from the mouths of the experts”, said Tony Jones, Technical Editor at European Boatbuilder Magazine which moderates and co-organises Workshop on New Technologies.

Last year’s workshop turned out to be a huge success with a record-breaking number of registrations for the limited seats. The 2010 workshop focused on making production more efficient by using technology that is available for implementation and addressed issues from modern adhesives and fuel systems to power storage.

“I was very please how Workshop on New Technologies went during METS last year - the audience gave us excellent feedback, said Mr Kleinitz.

“The positive response confirms the need to provide this service to our industry and I’m happy to say that we have improved Workshop on New Technologies beyond all expectations with our 2011 outline agenda. I am very excited about it.”

It is completely free to attend Workshop on New Technologies but early registration is recommended as the limited seats will go quickly.

To register to attend, please click here


Outline Agenda

1335 – 1400 | FUEL CELLS IN MARINE APPLICATION (Tom Chicken - Managing Director Fuel Cell Systems Ltd)
Fuel cells are no longer a ‘future technology’ for the marine industry. They are a certainly a practical alternative to conventional, internal combustion generator sets right now. Tom will address issues of fuel types and how a relatively low output fuel cell working continuously in the background is a better way to a battery fully charged.


1405 – 1420 | QUIET BOATS – SOUND QUALITY IN CABINS (Hannu Nykänen – VTT) Nykänen describes how to analyse and improve boat design to optimise the cabin sound and vibration environment. These are results of a project carried out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in cooperation with Finnish boatyards and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.


1425 – 1440 | BOATBUILDING REGULATIONS/STANDARDS IN BRAZIL (Jorge Nasseh – ACOBAR) The Brazilian boatbuilding association ACOBAR has developed a voluntary compliance scheme for national regulations on safety of navigation and vessel design. Jorge Nasseh, vice-president of ACOBAR and co-developer of the Brazilian boatbuilding standard NBR 14574, will present the regulatory background, structure and highlights of the standard, but also how it links regulations with the ACOBAR compliance scheme.


1445 – 1500 | STRUCTURAL DESIGN OFDETAILS IN FRP-STIFFENERS (Markku Hentinen – VTT) Hentinen gives design recommendations for crossings, bevelled ends, lead-through/holes and other details of FRP stiffeners in boat hulls. These are results of a project carried out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in cooperation with Finnish boatyards and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.


1505 – 1525 | A SIMPLIFED APPROACH TO SCANTLINGS CALCULATION (Robin Loscombe – Southampton Solent University) ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Association) officially launches the free self-certifier software application funded by IMCI (International Marine Certification Institute) and assists in compliance calculations to ISO 12215-5 (scantlings). Presented by Ulrich Heinemann (IMCI/Chairman of the ICOMIA Technical Committee) and Dr Robin Loscombe (Southampton Solent University), initiator and developer of the programme.


1555 – 1625 | FUTURE BOAT DESIGN (Gerard Dykstra – Dykstra and Partners Naval Architects) In this recurring topic in Workshop on New Technologies, a renowned yacht designer conveys his vision on boat development in the future. Gerard Dykstra has been appointed to design the new “Rainbow Warrior” and will share his findings regarding life-cycle assessment and boat usage leading to optimised design with the least environmental impact.


1630 – 1645 | AN INDUSTRY APPROACH TO AVOID ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY (Udo Kleinitz – ICOMIA/John Adey – ABYC) Boats with electrical equipment sold in Europe are within the scope of the EU EMC directive, which requires field testing for conformity assessment. ICOMIA (Udo Kleinitz and John Adey) publishes and explains the ICOMIA EMC Good Engineering Practise Standard. By following this installation standard, builders may declare EMC compliance without the need for testing.

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