With 340 representatives from all areas of the naval engineering sector and from 18 countries, the 14th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2018) incorporating the International Ship Control Systems Symposium (iSCSS), held in early October in Glasgow, was deemed highly successful by delegates, sponsors and the Chairmen of both Technical Advisory Committees.

The IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) Learned Society conference at which over a hundred technical papers were presented was held at the Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde. Keynote addresses were given by Rangesh Kasturi, President, L3 MAPPS; Rear Admiral Paul Methven, Director Submarine Acquisition, Royal Navy; and Captain Paul Flos RNLN presenting on behalf of the Chief Naval Engineering Officer, Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), Serving naval officers, manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, and academics took part in three days of exploring both INEC’s theme ‘Inspiring Naval Engineering’ and that of iSCSS which was ‘Revolutionary Technology Inspiring Ship Control’.

The duo of events was organised for IMarEST by FIGS Events and featured the Sir Donald Gosling Award for the best paper delivered by authors aged 35 or under which was won by Agnieta Habben Jansen and Dr Austin Kana from Delft University of Technology, together with Dr Etienne Duchateau from the Defence Materiel Organisation in The Netherlands. The Patrons’ Award recognised the contribution to the overall conference by two authors, Gabriela Salas-Berrocal from COTECMAR, Colombia and Dr Malcolm Cook from BAE Systems Maritime, UK.

INEC – some of the highlights
Looking back at a busy three days INEC’s Conference Chairman Captain Matt Bolton RN recalls: “There was certainly a great buzz from the professional interaction and networking that underpinned an excellent technical programme made up of a record number of papers of very high quality and diversity, teed up by three thought provoking and challenging keynote addresses.

“The venue, location and networking opportunities were perfect and the innovations, such as the interactive session and our new ‘Speakers Corner’, worked well. We were also delighted to support the UK’s Year of Engineering 2018 campaign by hosting a ‘STEM’ day which saw engagement with 50 children aged 10-18 years old from five local schools who visited the exhibition and the Royal Navy Outreach vehicle parked conveniently outside the TIC.

“I was also particularly impressed by the engagement of the younger professionals attending the event,” he added. “Many who were not presenting papers contributed significantly with incisive and insightful questions from the audience. We also reached new heights as far as the demographic and international spread were concerned. It was a highly enjoyable, informative and successful conference. I would like to thank all our speakers; our sponsors; our exhibitors; the delegates who came from far and wide to join us; members of the Technical Advisory Committee; the City of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde for making us feel so welcome; and FIGS Events for their organisational prowess.”

iSCSS memories
Commander Rinze Geertsma RNLN, Chairman of iSCSS, which was held for the first time since 2009, was also fulsome in his praise for the duo of events: “We saw a diverse programme with an excellent mix of fresh ideas from young professionals, theoretical ideas from academia (indeed we saw more academic contributions than ever before), and great examples of how these ideas can be implemented from research institutes and industry. This provided a good new start not just for iSCSS but delivered a fresh vibe for INEC too.

“The events were held with certain aims in mind. We are aiming to achieve Scopus indexing for the Learned Society Events proceedings ensuring that the good research reflected by so many iSCSS and INEC presentations gets recognised. We also aim to set up special INEC and iSCSS editions of the Journal of Marine Engineering and Technology spreading the word way beyond those able to join us in Glasgow. And thirdly, an aim we achieved during the event, we organised workshops from Taylor & Francis on how to get published in a journal and on reviewing for journals.

“Like Captain Matt I would like to thank all involved including the iSCSS Technical Advisory Sub-Committee. As I said in my closing speech: ‘I hope we have made friends and established connections for future cooperation. I hope these connections are not just for this great week, but that you will use them for your daily work; that academics will use them to find a route to implement their ideas in systems built by industry; and industry to work with academics on their ideas in order to improve products and solutions. We therefore challenge everyone to start working on the best idea they have heard about and come back to the next INEC and iSCSS to talk about its progress.’”

Award winners
The Sir Donald Gosling Award was introduced at INEC 2008 and the Institute is extremely grateful to Sir Donald for his continued support of this award which has had a powerful effect in attracting the interest of young engineers from the international defence maritime sector. The winners of the sixth Sir Donald Gosling Awards are as follows:

  • First prize: Agnieta Habben Jansen and Dr Austin Kana from Delft University of Technology, together with Dr Etienne Duchateau from the Defence Materiel Organisation in The Netherlands for their paper entitled Towards a novel design perspective for system vulnerability using a Markov chain.
  • Second prize: Raphael Zaccone and Dr Michele Martelli from the Polytechnic School of Genoa University in Italy for their paper entitled A random sampling based algorithm for ship path planning with obstacles.
  • Third prize: Despoina Mitropoulou from RH Marine BV in The Netherlands and Louis Elling from the Netherlands Defence Academy and the University of Bath for their paper entitled New developments in Energy Management – battery lifetime incorporation and power consumption forecasting.

Strong support
The Principal Sponsor of INEC/iSCSS 2018 was L3 MAPPS; with Rolls-Royce, BMT and Babcock International Group as Major Sponsors. Supporting organisations were The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI); UKNEST; Society for Underwater Technology (SUT); Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). The Official Publication was The Marine Professional with Naval Forces as Media Partner.