10th - 12th April 2018
Southampton, UK

Focus Day 10th April 2018
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10:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
10:25 -
Chairman’s opening remarks
Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)


Since the SOLAS legislation came into force passenger ship travel has changed beyond recognition. There is a real need to review and adapt the rules surrounding lifeboats, life preservation equipment and evacuation. This area will explore ways in which the passenger market poses issues for regulators and how industry can help to address these key concerns.

10:30 -

The international code for ships operating in polar waters

  • Background and content for polar water operations
  • Application for the industry: Standards for lifesaving equipment and related challenges
  • Challenges in implementing the code for regulators and industry
Turid Stemre , Senior Adviser, Norwegian Maritime Authority

11:00 -

Management of burns on board ship in sea disasters

  • Difficulty in recovering patients from a ship incident
  • The consequences of severe hypothermia in burn patient
  • Prolonged field care of burn patients in austere environments
Dr Giulio Novarese, MDD Medical – Medical Director,Burn Free

11:30 -

An alternative perspective on safety: Ferry safety in the developing world

  • Summary of major ferry accidents
  • Analysis of accidents in the developing world
  • Initiatives to improve global ferry safety
Len Roueche , Executive Director, Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

12:00 -
Lunch and Networking


In recent months there have been a number of high profile incidents with casualties attributed to dysfunctional LSA during routine training drills and maintenance. Balancing the necessity for realistic training and safe deployment with the safety of crew and passengers must be managed and this section will look at ways in which ship operators can ensure that davits and lifeboats can work in a safe and effective manner.

13:00 -

The work of the UK Shipping Register in enhancing emergency response

  • Working with the shipping industry to improve emergency management
  • Coordinating with operators and developing mariners capacity to deal with different incidents
  • Keeping emergency response and safety management up to date with industry growth
Richard Pellew , Acting Director UK Ship Register, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

13:30 -

Preventing faulty release of lifeboats by davit systems

  • Avoiding over testing and pursuing more efficient release drills
  • Maintaining davit systems and the inspection process
  • Investigation findings from recent lifeboat deployment incidents
Diederik van Aarsen , Head of Safety, Carnival Maritime

14:00 -

CSMART: Modern cruise ship operator training

  • An overview of the simulated training facilities in Almere
  • Moving towards a more team orientated management of a ship
  • Future challenges for larger vessels in current ports
Hans Hederstrom , Managing Director - CSMART, Carnival Corporation

14:30 -

The work of the RNLI in delivering a 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service

  • Water safety education and initiatives
  • Working with the maritime industry to ensure a high standard of response and safety management
  • Lifeboat operations and crew training
Howard Ramm , Maritime Standards and Performance Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

15:00 -
Afternoon Tea and Networking


The traditional design of a lifeboat has changed dramatically over the last century and so too have the ships they serve. As ships grow in size and complexity the operators and industry manufacturers must collaborate to find viable alternatives to traditional designs. This final segment will look to discuss alternatives to current systems and future procurement plans.

15:30 -

Fiber Optic Linear Heat Detection enables fire prevention, detection & monitoring

  • Providing temperature readings through one cable
  • Detecting fires quickly in concealed and hazardous areas
  • Dramatically reducing test and maintenance costs
Daniel Gerwig, European Business Manager, AP Sensing

16:00 -

The monitoring of passengers during an emergency using tracking technology

  • Lynceus Project overview and supplying the industry with system technology
  • Onboard and overboard localization, decision support system for an emergency
  • Future plans for the projects findings
Dr Jesus Mediavilla Varas, Lead Specialist, Lynceus Project

16:30 -

The unique challenge of operating high speed craft

  • Redundancy systems on board life rafts and going above and beyond regulations
  • Crew training and maintaining high standards in sheltered waters
  • The plan for Thames Clippers and procurement of new vessels
Sean Collins,, Chief Executive Officer, MBNA Thames Clippers

17:00 -
Chairman's Summary
Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman’s opening remarks
Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)


With regulations being reviewed in lifesaving equipment, on board fires, damage stability and car decks on RORO vessels the pace of change has never been greater. Whether it be for cruise, ferry or both markets regulators must update protocol at the same speed the industry changes. This opening section will hear from a number of the key organisations affecting this change.

09:00 -

Developments from MSC 97 and impact on the passenger shipping industry

  • Review of car deck fires on RORO vessels and the combating/preventing of these occurrences
  • Safety regulation for the UK maritime industry
  • Proposed amendments and scheduled adoption of new safety regulation
Katy Ware , Director of Maritime Safety and Standards – Permanent Representative of the UK to the IMO, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

09:30 -

Video analytics and their use in detecting fires early before systems are compromised

  • Engine room oil mist, flame and smoke detection using video analytics
  • Ro-Ro vehicle car deck fire and smoke detection assisted by video analytics
  • Recent enhancements and alarm/video integration options
Rick Jeffress ARM, CET, CFPS , Director – Business Development, Fike Fire Safety

10:00 -

Cyber security in the maritime industry

  • Examine the current scale and type of cyber security attacks in the maritime industry
  • What industry regulations and guidance are being developed to guide shipping against cyber attacks
  • Why training and awareness are considered the first steps to protect ships and on board systems
Phil Tinsley , Maritime Security Manager, BIMCO

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking

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As cruise ships and ferries increase their facilities and storage capability the need for a suitable training programme increases. Whether simulation or real life training is used, the methods needed to provide accurate and realistic training have never been more readily available. This section will explore ways in which operators and industry are improving their training services.

11:15 -

Defining and developing human performance in cruise ship safety

  • The development of the USCG National Cruise Center of Expertise best practice
  • Collaboration with the cruise industry to develop skill based training
  • Vessel inspections and identification of system failures compared to human failures
Brad Schoenwald, Senior Marine Inspector, USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise
11:45 -

simulated training and replicating real life scenarios

  • Efficiency of scenario based training for the passenger ship industry
  • Maritime management of major emergencies and closing the gap between existing training courses
  • Maintaining safety critical competencies in your own workplace
Stefan Vis, Project Manager Product Development, Falck Safety Services
Harry Klootwijk, Senior Manager Global Maritime Business Development, Falck Safety Services

12:15 -

Creating a mind set for training and utilising best practice

  • Delivering a fleet-wide training initiative to ensure compliance
  • Going above and beyond STCW standards
  • Lessons to be learnt from other areas of the shipping industry
Martyn Thomas, Acting Head of Maritime Training, Carnival UK

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking

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Fire remains the number one threat to a ship’s safety at sea. This can be seen in the number of high profile incidents in recent years. Despite maritime industries heavy investment in detecting and extinguishing fire there remains work to be done. From detection to suppression a ship’s master must be in the loop, with the necessary tools to combat the fire and prevent the worst case scenario.

14:00 -

Crew training to secure efficient firefighting

  • The importance of fire protection system end-user operation training
  • HI-FOG® end-user training service concept
  • HI-FOG® end-user training content and application for emergency management
Joska Taipale, Manager – Technical Support and Training, Marioff

14:30 -

The problem of fires on Ro-Ro decks of passenger ships

  • EMSA research into ro-ro fires and industry collaboration
  • Statistics, risk models and available solutions
  • Future research and improvements for fire suppression
Sifis Papageorgiou , Project Officer Ship Safety & Marine Equipment, EMSA

15:00 -

Oil mist and gas leakage detection – Early warning system

  • Focusing on the prevention of fire to prevent the need of fighting it
  • An introduction to the Daspos – How the system works
  • Dedicated infrastructure for the design of critical machinery spaces
Lars Gerner Lund , COO and Founder, Daspos

15:30 -
Afternoon Tea and Networking


Most detrimental to a ships operational capabilities and propulsion is a fire in a machinery space which can impact a vessels facilities and electrical section. Storage of vehicles and in particular alternative fuelled vehicles which require different methods of storage pose distinct challenges to a ship’s master. The following presentations will suggest methods of negating the threat of a machine space or car deck fire.

16:15 -

Ro-Ro and Ropax vessels: Preventing and managing a fire

  • Insulating electrical cables from the effects of fire through innovative materials
  • Examples of best practice when combatting a fire in a Ro-Ro space
  • The difficulty in fighting fires on car decks and management of hazardous materials
Hans Corneliusson, Fleet Manager, Stena Line

16:45 -

Making the right decision: Integrated safety and emergency management

  • Linking fire, safety and suppression systems with bridge management resources
  • An integrated decision support system and how it works
  • Examples of successfully handling an emergency on board cruise ships
Kai Thrones, Vice President Maritime and Onshore Commercial, Autronica Fire and Security AS, United Technologies Corporation

17:15 -

Different fuel types of vehicles and the implications for storage on deck

  • Battery and hybrid powered vehicles: Developing an alternative firefighting plan
  • Fire suppression on board RORO vessels storage spaces
  • Coordinating different responses to each unique incident
Grant Laversuch, Head of Safety Management DPA, P&O Ferries

17:45 -
Chairman's Summary
Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
17:50 -

Networking drinks reception in exhibition room

Hosted by Survitec Group

08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman’s introduction
Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)


As operators of both cruise ships and ferries demand more complex requirements from their shipyards and suppliers, industry must find new ways to accommodate these with safety requirements. This area will look at how shipyards can work with solution providers to continue innovating while still keeping safety standards above and beyond what the legislature sets.

09:00 -

Operational transition: Preparing for the future

  • Saga new build - Spirit of Discovery
  • Ensuring the ship is suitable for the demographic
  • Taking safety beyond hardware
James Langley, Head of Marine Operations, Saga Cruises Limited

09:30 -

Maintenance of a high pressure water mist system on board passenger ships

  • Building on experience with the maritime sector
  • Effects of water quality on the health of systems
  • Innovations to simplify inspection, maintenance and testing
David Sherrington,, Senior Project Manager Ultra Fog AB

10:00 -

Innovations and safety considerations for extra-large vessels

  • Modern lifesaving systems and the work of CCS in incorporating them into new builds
  • The challenge in expanding ship size and implications for shipyards
  • Alternative designs for new builds and legislation
Francesco Casarini, Director – Marine and Safety New Building Department, Carnival Corporation Shipbuilding

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


As the IMO introduces stricter emission and sulphur controls on the shipping industry passenger vessels have looked to introduce alternative fuel systems. As fuel systems change so too must the protocol surrounding the safety of using them. This includes technological considerations and crew training early on and this session will discuss further.

11:15 -

MSC cruises: Investment in LNG technology

  • Planned delivery of LNG vessels with STX France
  • Managing safe fuel transition within hybrid systems
  • LNG bunkering and the unique challenges for cruise ships refuelling in port
Yves Bui, LNG Project Director – New Building Department, MSC Cruise Management

11:45 -

Building a safer hybrid and electric ship – A review of systems on new build retrofitted ferries

  • A review of systems currently deployed on new build and retrofitted hybrid and electric ferries
  • Providing a quick ROI through smaller and lighter energy storage systems
  • Design considerations and ensuring a long-lasting, safe and reliable hybrid vessels
Espen Kristiansen, VP Business Solutions, PBES

12:15 -

Preparing for 2020 ECA SOx Compliance: Conventional and alternative fuels

  • The experiences of switching from 1.00% to 0.10% inside ECA-SOX and ISO 8217 :2017
  • On board fuel management
  • What to expect with 0.50%and the immediate options and what must we do now to prepare?
Timothy Wilson, Principal Specialist – TID, Lloyd’s Register

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


The shipping industry relies on automated systems more now than ever and this has enhanced safety across the industry. From man overboard technology (MOB) to designing futuristic vessels with safety and mass evacuation in mind there is a pressing need for industry suppliers to continually innovate and meet the demands of the passenger shipping sector.

13:45 -

MOB technology and the progress towards commercially viable solutions

  • The work of the ISO group to develop a performance standard
  • The regulatory environment and challenges
  • The technology currently under trial and difficulties being faced
Mike Collier, Manager Research and Projects, Carnival Corporation

14:15 -

Panel Discussion: The increasing size of cruise ships and ensuring safety standards keep pace

  • Bringing all involved parties together from design through to response
  • Designing futuristic vessels and the future of mega-ships on safety management
  • The growing importance of the safe return to port concept for mega-ships
Dave Smith, Group Commander, Maritime Response and Royal Navy /FRS Liaison Officer,Hampshire Fire Rescue Service

Diederik van Aarsen, , Head of Safety, Carnival Maritime
Francesco Casarini, , Director – Marine and Safety New Building Department, Carnival Corporation Shipbuilding

15:15 -
Chairman's Summary and close of conference
Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO)