The naval engineering and maritime security sector is international, vast and technically innovative.
The Institute has a strong history of success in hosting naval learned society events such as INEC, Electric Warship, EAAW, iSCSS, MECSS and previously, EEZ and MarSec conferences. The IMarEST Naval Engineering Special Interest Group was conceived in December 2018 to build on this heritage and launched on 15th March 2019 at the IMarEST Conference. It is managed by an international committee and achieved over 150 international members in its first year. It communicates via email and its IMarEST members-only Nexus Group and has the following vision and mission:
Vision: The global professional hub for all those engaged with the naval engineering community.
Mission: To celebrate the success, represent the views, debate the challenges, and facilitate the continual professional development of the naval engineering community.
The group welcomes members from the broadest spectrum of Naval Engineering interest from any country, and works with and across the following areas:
The Naval Engineering SIG works closely with the Technical Advisory Committees of the following IMarEST conferences:
International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC)
The international scale of naval programmes remains buoyant and diverse. Existing, upcoming and future naval projects face the challenges of evolving threats, growing environmental concerns, availability of skilled personnel, not to mention fiscal constraints and game changing technologies. This requires a unique set engineering skills; an openness to learn from other sectors and the inspiration to innovate, solve problems and maintain the technological edge. The International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhbition (INEC) aims to address these issues. The event aims to stimulate researchers, engineers, seafarers and students to present their perspectives on inspiring innovation across the naval and wider maritime domain as well as those sectors which could influence future advances and benefit the maritime industry.
International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS)
The Ship Control Systems Symposium was an initiative started by the government defence departments in Canada, The Netherlands, UK and USA with the objective to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration between member nations in ship control systems concepts, design, operation and support as well as to provide a professional and public forum for commercial marine, industry, government, academia and naval engineering communities. The symposia series was organised 14 times rotating between the four nations from 1966 until 2009. In 2018, it is relaunched as the International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS) and will be held alongside INEC 2018 focussing on the rapid development of new revolutionary technologies and the impact on future control system strategies for both naval vessels and commercial ships.
Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety (MECSS)
The rapid progression of technology, although beneficial, has caused a huge safety issue for the marine workforce, due to larger labour requirements for management of various systems. The call for a movement towards software driven control has consequently resulted in greater power demands. Systems such as these have become of utmost importance in achieving necessary safety, reliability and availability standards, yet the logistical difficulties of creating a universal and inexpensive system meeting all environmental and legal requirements delays the process of integrating a fully functional marine electrical and control systems safety (MECSS).
Engine As A Weapon Symposium (EAAW)
This symposium aims to unite the marine and combat systems communities to resolve the integration challenges of current and future naval platforms. New capabilities within navies bring with them the challenge of total ship integration across the platform, combat and air boundaries, together with the reality of operating and maintaining these complex systems at sea. At this exciting time the traditional marine and weapon engineering disciplines are being driven closer together by the explosion of technology with an ever more complex and software-driven landscape in which to operate. The event brings together the international maritime community to update and discuss the delivery of combat power at sea now and the outlook and direction for the future, through presentation and discussion of relevant themes and topics
Captain Matt Bolton, Royal Navy (retired) Vice Chair
Professor Cat Savage, RCNC Members
Mr Rob Andrews
Mr Kevin Daffey
Commander Rinze Geertsma, Royal Netherlands Navy
Commander Ian Hassall, Royal Navy
Commodore David Smith, Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Mr Glen Sturtevant, US Department of Navy Secretary Mr Frank Mungo
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