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The Engine as a Weapon international symposium (EAAW VIII) and the Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS 2019) – will take place simultaneously in London 2-3 July. These prestigious and influential events from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), will examine the same issues through different lenses.

A fascinating two days awaits delegates from around the globe,” explains EAAW VIII’s Chairman Cdr Ian Hassall RN, T45 Deputy Team Leader and T45 Platform Chief Engineer, Ministry of Defence, UK. “Although each programme has its own distinct theme – ‘Evolving intelligent platforms for the future battlespace’ for EAAW VIII and ‘Inspiring safer systems at sea’ for MECSS 2019 – the synergies can be seen from the excellent cross-section of papers and in the session themes – Autonomy; Cyber Security; Energy; Green Ship Agenda; Artificial Intelligence; Modelling; Twinning/modelling; and Power Systems Integration,” observed EAAW VIII Chairman Cdr Ian Hassall – who is the Royal Navy’s Type45 Deputy Team Leader and T45 Platform Chief Engineer. “After a joint first day including keynote addresses by Cdr Stephen P Markle USN (Ret), Programme Manager and Director of the Electric Ships Office, US Navy Program Executive Office Ships and Prof Chris Hodge, Chief Electrical Engineer, Defence and Security, BMT, the second day splits into two separate parallel streams. Before that happens, the programme covers Autonomy and Cyber Security, with a foray into Artificial Intelligence during the panel debate, a step that will help form opinion amongst the defence, naval and maritime sectors.”

MECSS 2019 Chairman, Kevin Daffey of Rolls-Royce, who is IMarEST President-Elect and has been a driving force behind the MECSS series since 2011, adds that “…subject matters are closely linked, one feeding off the other and vice versa, with papers looking at the same issues but through a different lens. EAAW VIII has a clear ‘capability’ focus, whereas MECSS 2019 looks more at the safety issues and practicalities of these technologies [….] Attendance at this seminal event in the IMarEST calendar will, amongst other things, enable delegates to gain a greater appreciation of the most recent developments and thoughts on the most appropriate forms of energy storage media in power systems, both from an environmental and safety perspective, the integration and modelling of these systems, tempered by the practicalities and threats of adopting these technologies. Delegates can move freely between the parallel technical sessions on the second day.”

The joint event is supported by the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT); Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE); and the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI). EAAW VIII has Babcock International Group as its major sponsor and is also supported by UK Naval Engineering Science and Technology (UKNEST) with Media Partner, NAVAL FORCES.

Delegates to both events will enjoy insightful and informative debate on a wide variety of naval engineering issues. (Photo: Royal Navy)

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