Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister at SeaWork 2019


Nusrat Ghani, UK Minister responsible for Maritime, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Maritime Security, Skills and Apprenticeships and the Year of Engineering, is to return to Seawork on the opening day of the exhibition, Tuesday 11 June 2019.

Ms Ghani will open Seawork and the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo with a key note speech to visitors and exhibitors, followed by a tour of both exhibitions which are now co-located in Southampton’s Mayflower Park.

Nusrat has served as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport since January 2018. She has been actively involved in the Maritime 2050 strategy which was published in January of this year. A particular focus is on diversity in the marine industry and in March 2019 she announced new funding to encourage more young women to embark on a career at sea.

Last year the minister opened the first meeting of the Clean Maritime Council, which will devise a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector and to improve air quality on and around our waterways, ports and shipping lanes.

The size and breadth of Seawork and the Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo will enable Ms Ghani to reach out to a broad representation of the commercial marine sector and will also give exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to interact again with a member of the government.

Seawork is Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition. Marine & Coastal Civil Engineering Expo is Europe’s leading event showcasing the latest equipment and techniques in marine civil engineering and construction.





Estimated at $US470m, the unmanned surface vessel market is expected to reach around $US1billion by 2022. USVs can augment and even replace divers in salvage, port security, fish farms surveillance, bridge and dam monitoring, research and education. This session will benefit any business that serves these sectors by helping them keep on top of the latest developments. It 2018 the session focused on USVs and included discussions from Dr Katrina Kemp - Smart Ships & Automation Policy Officer at the MCA around the government’s emerging vision for smart shipping. Paul Grehan, Underwriting Deputy Syndicate Manager – Americas at The Ship Owners’ Club also covered how will the liability risks owners face change and can their insurers help? Plus, plus research outcomes from Southampton Solent University and Rolls-Royce.




8:20 Registration and coffee

8:45 Chair: Dan Hook, Senior Director, L3 ASV

8:50 Gold sponsors welcome - James Williams, Director, Unmanned Survey Solutions

9:00 Keynote address - One Sea – vision & roadmap for Autonomous maritime transport system Jukka Merenluoto, Ecosystem Lead, One Sea/DIMECC Ltd 


One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem is a company alliance with the aim of enabling commercial autonomous maritime traffic by 2025. The presentation discusses the ecosystem’s steps towards enabling autonomous maritime transport system including the activities One Sea is doing in regulation for MASS (Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships).

9:15 Smart shipping and regulation update - Rebecca Carpenter, DfT

9:30 Operating wave-propelled AutoNaut unmanned surface vehicle (USV) around offshore infrastructure, including “close-pass” manoeuvres


Phil Johnston, Autonaut. Through 2017 and 2018, AutoNaut’s wave-propelled USV completed several operations in close proximity to offshore installations. Multiple “close-pass” operations were conducted to acquire data (such as from ADCP and visual cameras) during endurance missions of up to 5 weeks. Precise and consistent positioning of the AutoNaut USV was vital to mission success and for safety assurance. Demonstrating track-keeping within 5 metres and station-keeping within 25 metres allowed data to be acquired that would otherwise have been prohibitively hazardous and costly by other means. This presentation will focus on the output and data from these operations.

9:45 How autonomous technology can be used to overcome the everyday challenges faced by ports


James Cowles, Commercial Technical Sales Manager, L3 ASV - 90% of the world’s trade passes through ports. Siltation and requirements to expand mean that ports are forever changing. A changing environment requires rigorous maintenance and for ports. Autonomous vessels offer a solution, they are cost effective and easy to mobilise. In recent years, L3 Technologies’ Unmanned Maritime Systems division has built up vast experience operating autonomous vessels in port

10:00 Q&A

10:20 Coffee & Networking

10:50 Big data analytics and autonomous vessels - when will legislation catch up? Elli Aidini and Antonia Panayides, Shipping Associate and Partner, ReedSmith*

11:05 Panel - Learning from the rest” An Oil & Gas perspective on operating autonomous systems looks. Simon Cheeseman, Sector Lead, Wave & Tidal Energy Ore Catapult

Panellists – Tony Laing, Director of the National Subsea Research Institute
Peter Collinson, BP
Ioseba Tena, Sonardyne*
James Douglas, Sales Manager, Saab Seaeye*

12:00 Ubiquitous Marine Autonomy with Advance Perception Technology

Phil Bourque, Sea Machines - Vessel autonomy systems are commercially available and are using a basic set of existing vessel/marine sensors. As the state of the art progress towards higher levels of autonomy the need for advanced perception capabilities will grow considerably. This presentation will detail the initial results and performance of the Sea Machines perception technology and show how it is enabling autonomous control technology progress and adds increased value to workboat operators who implement it.

12:15 Q&A

12:30 Wrap up - Dan Hook, Senior Director, L3 ASV

12:35 Close






Dan Hook



Jukka Merenluoto


Elli Aidini


Phil Bourque



Simon Cheeseman



James Cowles


Phil Johnston


Dr Katrina Kemp








Tony Laing


Antonia Panayides





With the ever increasing need to reduce operating costs and minimise fuel consumption, together with growing environmental and legislative pressures to bring down emissions, all vessel operators should be considering the benefits of embracing hybrid propulsion. This session will focus on the future of hybrid propulsion within the commercial marine industry and open discussions on this drive for change.The 2018 hybrid marine propulsion session welcomed eight speakers, including Anne Duncan – CEO at Ecospeed who covered windfarm operations and Tony Birr – Consultant at Goodchild Marine Services Limited who discussed new developments in hybrid pilot boats.


13:15 Registration and coffee

13:25 Chair: Duncan Duffy, Global Technology Lead of Electro-Technical Matters,
Lloyd’s Register

13:30 Keynote - TBC


13:45 Hybrid propulsion for new generation dredgers - Leonardo Aciarri, MD, Ship Projects Engineering & Contracting

14:00 Hybrids for commercial barges - Graeme Hawksly, MD, Marine Hybrid LTD

14:15 The Optimal Sizing of an Energy Storage Device for a Hybrid Electric Marine Vessel
Robert Dymock, PhD Student, Southampton University - Emission and redundancy regulations are reducing the viability of standard Diesel drivetrains. This research explores the economically efficient sizing of an energy storage device for a marine hybrid, utilizing MATLAB modelling and validation through Dynamometer and bench testing.


14:30 Q&A


14:50 Coffee & Networking


15:20 The practical use of hybrid ferries - Xavier de Montgros, President, French Association of Hybrid and Electric Boats and Founder & Associate Director of ODC Marine

With successful European commercial shipbuilding experience in Electric & Hybrid propulsion for workboats since 2009, ten ferries in delivered, this presentation will outline where these hybrid solutions fit market needs for both Inland Waterways as well as Coastal waters. With new ferries being built and delivered for 2019 – with capacity ranging from 50 to 150 passengers – it will focus on the features of these vessels and the overall program. An innovative shipyard who are market leading in passenger ferries, ODC Marine, will share their vision for the future.

15:35 Panel - The case for hybrid pilot boats - economic, environmental & operational - Andy Page, MD, Chartwell Marine ltd

Panellists – Sander Vahtras, Technical Sales Manager at Baltic Workboats AS,
David Fallows, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Port of London Authority
Prof Bob Cribbs, Chairman, Poole Harbour Commissioners
Stephen Philips, Speed Vessel Effiency

16:35 Regulatory framework for commercial hybrid vessels - Alan Cartwright, Principal Surveyor, MECAL Limited


Hybrid systems have been exhibited at Seawork for the last two years, and innovative hybrid vessel projects are now under construction. The Port of London Authority (PLA) has ordered the UK’s first hybrid pilot boat from Goodchild Marine to help reduce emissions on the River Thames.

16:50 Q&A

17:05 Wrap up - Duncan Duffy, Global Technology Lead of Electro-Technical Matters, Lloyd’s Register

17:10 Close

Delegates are encouraged to join in the discussion opportunities and to share ideas and experiences with fellow workboat professionals and maximise on the opportunity to see the relevant services and products offered by the circa 610 exhibitors who represent workboat businesses from around the world.



The Seawork 2019 free-to-attend conference sessions will be held across the three days of Seawork. They will cover a variety of issues within the Marine Industry and feature presentations from our Supporting Associations, topics will be confirmed shortly - call for papers closed 18 February 2019. 

The hugely popular UK MOD Procurement Programme 2019 will take place on Thursday 13 June 2019.

For further details please contact the events team via email or on +44 1329 825335.






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