The IMarEST Small Ships SIG (special interest group) provides focus for members who work in or with small ships (generally up to 3,000 gross tons). These include inland waterways vessels, sea-going leisure and commercial vessels (including workboats, tugs and fishing vessels) and superyachts.
The SIG’s work is generally undertaken by email and correspondence, but an annual meeting is also held. This year's meeting will take place at 10:00am on Thursday 16th June at Seawork Conference and Exhibition, Mayflower Park, Southampton, UK.
Topics to be discussed include the development of the SIG, technical issues that have arisen over the year and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s new STCW qualifications for small ship engineers.
Members working or interested in small ships activity are encouraged to sign up to the Small Ships SIG and attend the meeting at Seawork.
1) SSG ‘Anagenesis’ – the Evolution of the Small Ships Group – Alan Cartwright and Maria Kouboura;
2) IMarEST Partnership with the Singapore Boating Industry Association: SG Membership - Alan Cartwright (and YP Loke);
3) Small Craft Surveyors Forum Update – John Wills (tbc);
4) BSS Committee Updates – Tom Keeling;
5) BSI Committee work: Update – Alan Cartwright (for Richard Langman);
6) Ballast Water Convention: Impact upon Small Ship Operations and Engineering – Paul Squibb: Absolute Shipping
7) Technical Issues: a) Current Discussions;
b) Open to floor for new items;
8) STCW Regulations for small ship engines/workboats/superyachts/tugs/fishing vessels
up to 3000 GT; 9000 KW - Alan Cartwright.
9) Education and Training for Marine Surveyors:
- HND programme and professional recognition
- Possible Professional Titles: Chartered Marine Surveyor
- Incorporated Marine Surveyor
10) IMarEST Boatbuilder Trailblazer Apprenticeships – SSG Support – Maria Kouboura;
11) Any other business.