Email News July 2017


Welcome to the July 2017 Email newsletter from Marine South East

If you would like to submit an article for consideration please email the text and a suitable image or logo to sj@mseuk.org


Posted 2017-06-14 17:24:38


Infrastructure Systems Competition Round 3 Briefing and Brokerage Events

The Knowledge Transfer Network are welcoming interested parties within Infrastructure Systems sectors to be briefed on the third round of competition funding for Infrastructure Systems.

The event brings together innovators developing solutions in sectors including offshore wind.

Details on the Infrastructure Round 3 Competition will be available in due course and will be posted on the Knowledge Transfer Network funding page https://ktn-uk.co.uk/funding

The event aims to:

* Provide details of the competition's scope and funding
* Ensure the delegates are briefed on the competition rules and governance as well as best practice when applying
* A facilitated networking programme from the KTN that maximises your chances of securing suitable collaborators for your ideas
* A presentation will be given that outlines how the KTN can assist you in the run up to the competition deadline
* The opportunity to maximise your organisation profile
* A session will be operated to allow you to pitch your idea to the room
* Innovate UK and KTN staff associated with the competition will be on hand for 1:1 clarification questions and wider System Integration innovation discussions you may have.

Briefing events will take place in London on 11th July 2017 and Exeter on 20th July 2017.

https://ktn-uk.co.uk/events/infrastructure-systems-competition-round-3-briefing-brokerage-event


Posted 2017-06-14 18:21:55


Business Survey; Isle of Wight Infrastructure Plan

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working with planning and economic consultancy Lichfields to undertake a survey to explore the key infrastructure issues and opportunities affecting businesses operating on the Isle of Wight.

The results from the survey will feed into a new Island Infrastructure Investment Plan which will identify the key infrastructure investments needed to support and sustain growth on the Island over the coming years.

The Solent LEP would be grateful if you could take 10 minutes to complete this short survey to provide your feedback and views.

The survey is available:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T35ZKW5

If you have any queries about this survey, or would like more information, please contact Lucie Bailey at Lichfields on 020 7837 4477 / lucie.bailey@lichfields.uk


Posted 2017-06-27 12:04:09


Successful 'Optimising commercial vessel costs' workshop

An excellent turnout was achieved for the MOVE/HEVIMA workshop held at Seawork entitled 'Can I Reduce My Vessel Operating Costs?'

A broad range of delegates including commercial vessel operators, marine designers, boat builders, offshore wind industry members, propulsion manufacturers and regulation and compliance specialists attended the seminar held at Seawork.

The Q&A session provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss and contribute their thoughts and ideas with delegates confirming that there is a market need for comprehensive duty cycle propulsion data. Such data sets would be useful for a range of purposes but particularly for making accurate comparisons with alternative propulsion arrangements such as the hybrid system being developed by the HEVIMA Project.

Operating costs are a major factor for commercial work boats whether it be a single vessel or a fleet. To maximise savings, craft performance must be optimised for the required duty cycle, but often detailed data about how a vessel operates is not available. Operators may be deterred from monitoring vessel propulsion performance as currently the equipment needed is time consuming and costly to install.

The MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) Project has enabled significant technological advance and associated cost reduction in monitoring craft performance.

Project Lead, Ken Wittamore (Triskel Marine) said "All craft have a design point at which they operate at their most efficiently, however, many vessels spend significant periods of time operating off this point." These include pilot boats, offshore support vessels, harbour craft and small ferries which undergo significant changes in their operating parameters whilst carrying out their work. Many factors influence the performance of a vessel including engine and propeller efficiency; and proportion of time spent manoeuvring, cruising speed, full speed or idling.

Wittamore explained "through real time monitoring and data collection for small commercial vessels we can assess efficiency and identify those that are potentially suitable for hybridisation."

Offshore Wind Farm Support Vessels are an example of craft that work away from their 'sweet spot' for much of the duty cycle. Figures supplied by a vessel operator showed a fleet of 5 craft supporting a typical wind farm to be using 1,825,000 litres/annum. It can be seen that significant benefits may be gained if vessel efficiency is optimised.

A major advance through the MOVE project has been in 'Shaft Power Measurement'. Previously sensors required significant installation time by specialist engineers and costs were greatly increased if travel was required to the vessel. Through MOVE, Project Partner Datum Electronics have developed a 'clamp-on' sensor which can be installed by the vessel's engineering staff in less than 1.5 hours. This will reduce costs significantly and allow operators to programme the fitting and removal of the system more easily.

Initial development and validation of the MOVE system is taking place aboard pilot vessels made available by the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. This enables data to be collected whilst the Pilots carry out their daily duties providing real-time information from the vessel's systems. The MOVE technology is now being installed aboard an operational Wind Farm Support Vessel for further testing and validation.

HEVIMA (Hybrid Electrical Vessel propulsion with Integrated Motor Assist) is another Innovate UK supported project led by REAPsystems. Its objective is to develop an innovative modular hybrid marine power system offering significant savings in fuel consumption, engine power rating, weight, emissions, noise and vibrations. It is particularly relevant to the small commercial vessel market for craft which generally have low average loads, but also require extended periods of high power.

People seeking additional information including links to the various support network groups for both projects should visit:

http://www.marinesoutheast.co.uk/Current_Projects/


Posted 2017-06-23 14:12:32


Tap into skilled people leaving the Oil and Gas industry - Free of Charge via web portal

Following the downturn in the Oil and Gas industry, many skilled engineers, technicians, science professionals and people with related skills are leaving the sector as job losses continue to grow.

The Government have funded a specific Oil and Gas Portal where people leaving companies in the sector can register and be visible to employers across the wider engineering, technology, manufacturing and science industries looking to recruit.

This is a free service.

If you are looking for skilled engineers and technicians you can view, contact and recruit people by registering at the following link

https://talentretention.biz/oilandgas/

We expect the number of people leaving the Oil and Gas industry and registering on the portal to progressively grow through 2017 into 2018 so please revisit and do let us know if you are successful in finding people.

The Oil and Gas portal is part of a wider Not for Profit Initiative called TRS, which is industry led and supported by Marine South East along with many other Trade Associations and Employer Organisations like the EEF. TRS has its roots in the defence industry and provided the same approach to supporting people and companies following the defence cuts in 2010/2011.

We have grown and developed over the years to support the rail and nuclear sectors in their drive to attract, retain and develop skills through bespoke platforms and have worked directly with companies such as Rolls-Royce to provide a tailored platform to support their 'internal' Global Restructuring programme.

TRS is dedicated to supporting careers in manufacturing, engineering and technology. We help industries to attract new talent, individuals to develop their potential, and the UK to retain key skills. In short, we're helping to build and maintain a national pool of industry skills to meet the needs of UK plc.

Any questions please contact Richard Smith engagement director on 07791 722242 or richard.smith@wincon.co.uk


Posted 2017-06-27 10:55:30


Short survey on National Maritime Blue Growth Strategy

National Maritime are asking businesses and organisations to complete a short survey on the Blue Growth Strategy for the future.

Blue Growth is the long-term strategy of National Maritime to support sustainable economic growth for the coastal and estuarine towns and cities, and maritime industries within the Thames and Channel region. It recognises that rivers and seas are drivers for the region's economy with great potential for innovation and growth.

Blue Growth is a sector initiative involving public and private sector partners. It will highlight opportunities for economic growth and will focus on the regions nine key maritime sectors that it thinks will contribute the most to this - shipping, marine engineering and manufacturing, renewables, heritage, recreational, ports, fisheries, business services, oil and gas.

This work is led by the National Maritime Blue Council and Executive team, it will inform not only economic strategy but also the activities of maritime industries as a whole, helping to shape Government spending and our asks to deliver business and economic investment in new ways, which better suit the regions sector needs. This strategy will also consider the various ambitious regional visions and delivery plans of stakeholders including; the Thames Vision 2035, Maritime Growth Study, Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, the EU's Blue Growth Strategy and the current work of the London and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Businesses and organisations that provide maritime education and training are invited to contribute to this work by completing this brief ten question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LN9VNW6

Closing date for completing the survey is 1st August 2017

For more information please visit:

https://www.nmdg.co.uk/


Posted 2017-06-14 17:54:41


The 100 million South East Interreg Roadshow 2017, 5th July 2017, Dartford

The UKs decision to leave the European Union leaves a short time window to apply for European funding. This includes the interreg programmes that support cooperation across borders.

This workshop will focus on the Interreg 2 Seas Programme. Over Euro100 million remains and the call for proposals that closes in October will be one of the last opportunities to submit ideas.

National Maritime will explain what the programme funds, what makes a good application and how we can help. |They will also tell you about projects from other countries looking for English partners.

The EU's Interreg programmes are looking for project applications in 2017 that:

* Promote innovation in the following sectors: transport and ports; environmental & marine technologies; agro-food; life sciences; digital & creative; manufacturing

* Improve the factors that help innovation flourish in the South East or help businesses bring innovations closer to the market

* Develop socially innovative approaches to tackling challenges such as demographic change, poverty and labour market exclusion

* Roll out low carbon technologies, make businesses more resource efficient or embed the principles of a circular economy in the South East

* Help South East's businesses adapt better to climate change

The Agenda can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.nmdg.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2_seas_workshop_Dartford_agenda.pdf

The event is taking place on Wednesday 5th July 2017
At Blue Space, SusCon, Brunel Way, The Bridge, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5FW

To register your attendance please email giuliana.pauletti@nmdg.co.uk

To book your ticket online follow the link:

https://www.nmdg.co.uk/events/interreg-2-seas-workshop/


Posted 2017-06-15 14:13:31


Fareham Innovation and Business Support Event, 11th July 2017, Fareham

Businesses are invited to come and learn about business support opportunities in the Solent from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Solent LEP is hosting a free exhibition for local businesses or those thinking of starting a business to come and hear about support and funding available for businesses in the Solent region.

Alongside information on business funding and support available through the Solent LEP and Solent Growth Hub, the event will also provide an opportunity to hear about innovation support for the Solent's business community through experts from Innovate UK and a successful innovative local entrepreneur.

Event Details:

Tuesday 11th July 2017
1.30 - 4pm
Ferneham Hall, Osborn Rd, Fareham PO16 7DB

RSVP By 4th July via email to events@solentlep.org.uk with your name and organisation.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are restricted to 2 attendees per organisation.


Posted 2017-06-29 12:24:18


Invitation to launch event of the Solent Test Facility, 11th and 12th July 2017, Southsea

The National Autonomy Centre and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting businesses to the launch event of the Solent Test Facility on Tuesday 11th July or Wednesday 12th July.

Set to launch in October 2017 The National Autonomy Centre will be the UK's first autonomy testing service, based in the Solent around Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Using unmanned vehicles and command and control systems provided by some of the UK's leading autonomous systems providers, the service will offer third parties the opportunity to test autonomous technologies in a controlled and realistic environment.

The event will feature briefings from partner organisations, live demonstrations and workshop discussions with a chance to see the new facilities close-up. You will gain insight into the potential of the facility through the example use cases and live demonstrations and the team will be on-hand to discuss how we can help you to achieve your goals. The day is structured with ample opportunity for networking.

The National Autonomy Centre is provided by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership in partnership with a consortium of local companies including partners ASV Global, BAE Systems, Blue Bear Systems Research, Marine Electronic Systems, the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton.

The event is taking place on Tuesday 11th July and Wednesday 12th July 2017 at the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth PO4 9PX.

Arrival is from 9.30am for a 10am start with the event concluding around 1pm. Refreshments will be provided and there will be the opportunity for further workshops and discussions in the afternoon.

Please RSVP to Ashleen Goose, ashleen.goosen@baesystems.com specifying:

* Names of attendees, with contact information
* Preferred date of attendance
* Special dietary requirements



Posted 2017-06-27 12:15:40


COLUMBUS Achieving Impact from Marine Research conference, 6th-7th November 2017, Brussels

The COLUMBUS project on Knowledge Transfer for Blue Growth, will hold its second annual conference on November 7th 2017, with the day before (6th November 2017) a training course on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology for EU funding agencies.

'Achieving Impact from Marine Research' is the subject of the conference taking place November 6th/7th 2017 in Brussels. The event will be an international forum to bring together parties interested in sharing best practice and learning about initiatives and sectoral progress in Knowledge Transfer.

The conference will offer an opportunity to collaboratively explore the barriers, challenges and possible solutions to achieving the impact potential of marine and maritime research, at all stages of the funding cycle.

Training on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology will be available, targeted towards EU staff and funding agencies.

The target audience for this conference includes, staff from National funding agencies and their advisory bodies, research programme managers and higher education organisations.

To register for interest for this event please contact Cliona Ni Cheallachairn cliona@aquatt.ie or visit http://www.columbusproject.eu


Posted 2017-06-14 17:37:36