The Marine Electrical and Controls Systems Safety Conference (MECSS) SIG emerged from the 2011 IMAREST Marine Arc Flash Conference with its first conference MECSS2013 held in Amsterdam in late 2013 and then a second MECSS2015 hosted in Bristol. We are now holding our third conference MECSS 2017 which aims to further explore ‘effective system integration’ and will take place in Glasgow from 22 – 23 November 2017. We are expecting over 100 expert participants to listen to over 20 peer reviewed technical papers.
The Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS) has rapidly become a recognised forum within the marine industry. MECSS has a vision to see a maritime industry that is ‘delivering integrated, dependable, safe and reliable systems’. The industry is changing with more electronics and software that is enabling the Internet of Things to be introduced into ships. Availability based services; shore to ship remote intervention and even autonomy are all on the verge of becoming normal in our marine industry. At the heart of the technical debate is how safety is instilled in the interaction between sophisticated equipment and the people who operate and maintain ship equipment.
MECSS 2017 aims to further explore the challenges with papers that will cover a huge range of subjects all related to the safety of software, electronics, electrical and how humans interact with these systems.
Safety in Emerging Technologies
Main propulsion | Thrusters | Circuit breaker innovation | Energy storage | Head-up displays | Wireless sensing and charging | Ship to shore data communications | The application of ‘Big data’ to ship design, maintenance and operations | Autonomy in ships | Self-powered sensors | Performance and energy saving systems | Off shore renewables
Crew, Qualifications and Competence
Design for lean manning | Design for autonomy | Variation of equipment and systems implementation | Development and assurance of competence of crew and maintainers | Plug and play expectations and digital generation
Whole System Safety - Verification, Integration and Regulation
Role of class societies and international standards in system design and verification | Role of the platform integrator | Impact of electrical protection on ship availability | Development of cyberphysical systems | Safety justification of COTS software | Risk reduction using “Hardware In the Loop” testing| System requirements traceability to verification | Safety assurance and safety cases | Safety trends in dynamic positioning systems
Cybersecurity | Arc flash | Electromagnetic fields | Uncontrolled release of energy from energy storage devices | Systematic software failure | Hazard perception | Decision making | Firefighting in electrical compartments | Data safety and overreliance on soft ware
Operation, Maintenance, Training and Human Factors
Remote access to ship software and subsequent modification | Ergonomics | Training for emerging technology | Using virtual reality for crew and maintainer training | Technical documentation and exchange standards | E-manuals | E-learning | Data analytics for equipment and system health prognostics and diagnostics | Integrated bridge systems | Internet of things in the maritime context | Alarm management | Configuration management | Prioritisation and understanding system interdependency | Maintaining operation within design limitations
You can find out more by viewing our dedicated conference website https://www.mecss.org.uk/
I look forward to seeing many of you in Glasgow during MECSS2107 otherwise we welcome contributions from our membership as it is an exciting time for the SIG and if you would like to become more involved with it in the future, please get in touch through our technical team by emailing .