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Society Maritime Industries 20th and 21st May 2014, Bristol


This is a national conference that looks at future market trends and economic, regulatory, political and technology changes that influence exports and provide opportunity for the UK’s world class maritime industry. Speakers from the highest echelons of the industry will promote debate on these topics and discuss the critical issues. 



Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 May 2014

The Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel, Redcliff Hill, Bristol BS1 6SQ

FOREWORD - Peter Finch (Chairman of the Society of Maritime Industries Board)

Today, the new Port of Bristol at the mouth of the Avon has replaced the historic port in the very heart of the city where, from the Middle Ages up to the mid-twentieth century, trade, commerce and engineering made Bristol one of the most important maritime cities in the United Kingdom. The great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is synonymous with Bristol and is responsible for some of the city's most famous features, including the great iron ship SS Great Britain, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and Temple Meads Station, terminus for the Great Western

The conference programme has been designed to draw together the many themes of maritime engineering which provide opportunity for the UK’s design and manufacturing capacity that in turn fuels the drive for exports, the cornerstone of the economic recovery now underway. These many issues will be addressed by some of the most eminent high profile and experienced speakers from every corner of our industry.

As part of this event, for those who can spare the time, a visit has been arranged immediately before the start of the conference to the fast expanding new Port of Bristol. The event also includes a structured programme of one-to-one meetings between delegates participating in the conference. The networking reception and dinner will be held in the newly transformed M Shed museum, with its panoramic views of the ancient dockside and the city of Bristol.




Rear Admiral Chris Parry, Marine Consultant
'The maritime industries – on heading or way of course?' 

Nick Baird, UKTI Chief Executive (tbc)  -  Offering a view of the international market place and the UK government's strategy for supporting the drive for exports.


Rear Admiral Simon Lister, MOD Defence Equipment and Support (tbc)  -  Discussing the domestic scene challenges including reductions in defence budgets, increased outsourcing and changes to defence procurement.


1530 – 1600  Networking opportunity over coffee/tea break in the foyer of the Forrest Suite


Gert Dimmink, Managing Director of Eagle Compliance in Amsterdam  -  Reviews progress towards a safer, more secure and more flexible industry including the benefits and constraints inherent in the work of the Classification Societies and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations


Professor Ralph Rayner, Sector Director - Energy & Environment, BMT Group  -  Sets out the challenge to catch the next wave in the progress of technology in the maritime environment


SPEAKERS WEDS 21 MAY - THEME 2 - Does a strong and flourishing domestic market support or preclude the need for export? 



Mr Tony Graham, Director Ships, MOD Defence Equipment & Support reviews the strong export potential of the UK warship “Offer”. 


Mr Howard Pridding, Chief Executive Officer, British Marine Federation presents the small ship, leisure and super-yacht sector as a hidden jewel in the industry.


Mr Max van Someren, Business Manager for Underwater Technologies, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd.
explores how to improve performance in the submarine enterprise if you are not a Tier 1 contractor and offers a
view for the rest of the supply chain. 


1030 – 1100  Networking opportunity over coffee/tea break in the foyer of the Forrest Suite.


Mr Ron Finlayson, Strategic Business Director, Defence at QinetiQ Ltd. discusses the contribution that UK
marine science and technology make to a wide range of maritime markets. 


Mr Paul Ridout, Chairman, OSIL gives a detailed insight into the challenges faced by SMEs to access markets and
fund their exports.


Panel discussion, chaired by Terry Loughran, with Tony Graham, Howard Pridding, Max van Someren, Ron
Finlayson, and Paul Ridout with questions from the audience.


1215 – 1315  Networking over fork buffet luncheon in the foyer of the Forrest Suite, Mercure Bristol Hotel


SPEAKERS THEME 3  – Technology and opportunity for the UK’s world class maritime industry 


Mr Bob Nugent, Director , AMI International discusses the competition in warship and submarine construction
from the US, France, Germany, Spain , Italy and Sweden.


Mr Nigel Gardiner, Managing Director, Drewy Shipping, talks about commercial shipbuilding in the Far East and
the equipment opportunities this presents. 


Dr Andrew Tyler, Chief Executive, Northrop Grumman (UK & Europe) offers a view of the naval and maritime
security markets in Europe.


1430 – 1500  Networking opportunity over coffee/tea break in the foyer to the Forrest Suite.


Mr Gordon Rankine, Director, Beckett Rankine talks about the design and construction of ports and naval bases
abroad based on UK expertise.


Mr Peter Chivers, Chief Executive, National Composite Centre, Bristol discusses how the National Composite
Centre can ensure the marine industry has the technology to maintain its competitive edge.


Panel discussion, chaired by Terry Loughran, with Bob Nugent, Nigel Gardiner, Andrew Tyler, Gordon Rankine, and Peter Chivers with questions from the audience.


1600  Conference ends






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