The sixth UK branch conference is being held at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby, just five miles from Hull — the city of culture for 2017 — on Tuesday 3 October. The formal part of the day will begin at 10:00hrs, and is reserved for full members only. It will include discussions on the UK branch activities report and any motions submitted by members.
Motions for debate and decision at the conference need to have the support of four Full members and must reach the Nautilus head office by 17:00hrs on Friday 1 September. You can submit a motion by logging into the Members area UK branch conference documentation page to download and submit the form, or download the Telegraph special UK branch conference pullout also available under the Relevant documents section on this page.
The drive towards autonomous shipping is speeding up — with Rolls-Royce and Svitzer having recently staged what is claimed to be the first successful demonstration of a remotely operated commercial vessel operation.
The 16-hour test took place in Copenhagen harbour and saw the 28m tug Svitzer Hermod, controlled by a captain ashore, moving between two piers in the harbour, conducting a 360-degree manoeuvre, and returning to the original pier using a combination of radar, lidar, camera technology and dynamic positioning systems operated via satellite.
Both companies described the demonstration as ‘historic’ — and the classification society Lloyd’s Register, which monitored the trials, spoke of a ‘ground-breaking project in the industry’s journey to autonomous vessels’. With the International Maritime Organisation now embarking on a major project to assess the legal and regulatory aspects of ‘smart’ ships, the prospect of robo-vessels is certainly more real than it has ever been.
Against this background, Nautilus members are being given the opportunity to discuss the many important issues surrounding autonomous shipping at a symposium following this year’s UK branch conference in Hull in October.
A special panel of industry experts will be on hand to discuss technological developments and the impact of these on seafarers during the seminar on automation in shipping, which will also be open to invitees from across the maritime sector. This meeting will begin after lunch and will conclude at around 16:45hrs.
The check-in for the conference and the seminar will be open from 09:15 on 3 October, and you should secure your place at the event in advance using the simple electronic registration process. A limited amount of financial assistance is available for those UK-based Full members wishing to attend and who otherwise would not be able to make the journey. This will be allocated across the various categories of membership to ensure appropriate representation for each category of membership of the Union. Members should apply for financial assistance during the registration process — before 1 September.
Arrangements will be made with the hotel for a discounted room rate for members who are not eligible or successful in securing financial assistance from the Union.
The UK national committee is particularly keen to ensure a good turn-out from members in the northeast of the UK, and is also encouraging young and female members to attend. Meetings of the Nautilus Young Maritime Professionals and Women’s Forums will also be held on the morning of Monday 2 October, and members attending those meetings will be able to stay for free to attend the branch conference on the following day. Full members, Council members and staff attending can select the events they wish to attend during the registration process.
Members should login to the UK branch documentation page closer to the time to find information about the conference events app and other conference documentation.
Branch conferences are open to a maximum of 100 full members in benefit (all subscriptions must be up to date) . Those who have requested, and are approved for, financial assistance will be notified as soon as possible after 1 September. For further information, contact Adele McDonald at Nautilus head office — tel: +44 (0)20 8989 6677 or email: [email protected].