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Superyacht UK Technical Seminar 2018

Event date: 11/01/2018

Event time: 10:30am to 6:00pm

                                                                                                                                               In Association with 

Superyacht UK                       

Our annual Superyacht UK Technical Seminar is back and will be held during the London Boat Show at ExCel on 11th January 2018 from 10.00- 16.30.  

With the event now in its 8th year, it is firmly established within the superyacht calendar attracting a pool of international delegates from across the superyacht sector.

This year’s programme offers a diverse range of speakers and subjects including, current legislative topics that are affecting the superyacht industry such as the new Red Ensign Group code, helicopter regulations, operational challenges and current legal challenges.

   SYUK Technical Seminar

Following the seminar, a networking reception will take place from 16.30-18.00 offering a platform to network with likeminded industry professionalsThe Superyacht UK Young Designer Competition applicants will also be present during this period providing the opportunity to view and discuss their designs following the final judging and awards ceremony.  

To view the full agenda please on the sub-page below "Agenda". 


Member - £70 + VAT

Non-Member - £175 + VAT

To secure your tickets online please scroll down to “Want to attend this event?” and then login using your British Marine login details or sign up.  Once you are logged in, please follow the step by step booking process, once payment has been made you will receive a confirmation email.

For further information please contact:

Liv Whetmore - 01784 223631 /


Proudly supported by:

 MTU logo    Gill Sensors and Controls logo Hill Dickinson logo 


Superyacht UK Technical Seminar Agenda 

10.30 – Intro from SYUK chairman – Peter Brown

 10.40 – MCA – Sir Alan Massey

The head of the Maritime Coastguard Agency will update the delegates on the current restructure of the organisation and other news from the UK’s Maritime Authority.

11.00 - ICOMIA -Udo Kleinitz

From the top of the regulation pile, what are the new IMO rules coming into play – Engine Tier III emission levels, Ballast water convention, the Polar code, Biofouling, and much more……..

11.15 – REG Update – Jo Assael (CISR)

The REG have been working on a new commercial superyacht code. This is updating the two current codes (LY3 and PYC) and combining them into one code. Jo Assael from CISR will talk through the major updates and changes.

11.30 -  Break

12.00 – Helicopter Regulations – Johnathan Turner (MAST)  – Why it’s important for the marine industry to use the most up to date aviation regulations – The large yacht sector has long used helipads to varying degrees, whether it’s just for dropping off and picking up passengers or full refuelling and storage capabilities. However, has the large yacht sector always used the full up to date aviation rules? Do touch and go helipads exist, how are the large yacht rules changing to better reflect those that the aviation industry use and what are the latest updates in the aviation industry.     

12.30 – Operational Challenges – Burgess

Burgess give an insight on the current and foreseeable operational challenges facing large yachts. Looking at crew safety and how the regulations are changing the way vessels operate.

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Major Challenges/Owner driven changes to the design:

                - Hybrid and efficient ship power management – Tobias Kohl (MTU) and Ken Wittamore (Triskel Marine)

                  An insight as to why owners want hybrid systems (noise/vibration reduction, lower fuel costs, tier III compliant). What are the different types of hybrid propulsion and their benefits                    and draw backs. How easy is it to retrofit a hybrid system into an existing yacht? Hybrid vessels need intelligent and efficient power management systems in place so what other                      aspects of the systems such as batteries are being developed, what are the advantages and potential pitfalls of this technology.

                - Glass – Rupert Wilkins (Trend Marine)

                Over the last few years the use of glass in superyachts has been changing. Owners now want light airy spaces which can only be provided by floor to ceiling glass. What are the                      issues and constraints facing the glass manufacturers, what new technologies are being used to construct the glass and what are the issues with getting approval on glass panels.                  With new technology comes new problems, chemically toughed glass is now a common component but are there any NDT methods to check the glass after the vessel has been in                  service.

                - Autonomy – Tara Glen (E P Barrus and The Marine Autonomous systems (surface) working group)

                 Although it’s unlikely that Superyachts will ever need or want to be fully autonomous they could well use a degree of autonomy. We have a look at the different degrees of                                 autonomy available to yachts and the possible uses and how the new regulations have been formed.   

15.00 -  Break

15.30 – Current Legal challenges in the SYUK sector (Hill Dickinson)

  • French crew social security regs, possible extension to private yachts / EU yachts
  • Med charter rules – VAT etc
  • GDPR
  • Disclosure of UBO ownership of companies
  • Use of AIS on yachts (or “can I switch if off?”)

16.00 – Key Note Speaker –  Simon Schofield  (BAR Technologies)





This event attracts over 120 superyacht professionals, from world-renowned naval architects, prestigious boatbuilders, insurance companies and design houses.  This year we are offering a select number of companies with the opportunity to maximise their presence at the event by taking one of our sponsorship packages:

Technical Seminar Gold sponsor Princess Yachts Limited

Technical Seminar Silver package:

  • Branding display at the event including 1 x standard size pop up/roller banner
  • Marketing material included in delegates welcome pack which can include giveaways, leaflets, brochures & business cards

£750 + VAT

Technical Seminar Bronze package:

  • Marketing material included in delegates welcome pack which can include giveaways, leaflets, brochures & business cards
  • One ticket to attend the event
  • Logo included on the agenda print and web
  • Logo to be included on event literature
  • One ticket to attend the event

£350 + VAT

Both seminar spaces and sponsorship packages are limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis.  If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Michelle – / 01784223660.

Please note; all sponsorship packages are to be booked directly not online. 

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