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Technical Webinar: A Case for A  BC Historical Vessel  Registration Program


DATE: Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

TIME: 19:00 Pacific (22:00 Eastern; 23:00 Atlantic, 23:30 NFLD)

A Case for A  BC Historical Vessel  Registration Program


We are honored to have Robert G. Allan, P.Eng, FRINA, FSNAME give us a presentation on the Case for A BC Historical Vessel Registration Program.

Robert Allan has been working in the BC marine industry for decades, and recognizes the need for a program which can support the history of the industry on Canada’s West Coast.

That history has produced a number of classic types of West Coast vessels which evolved to cope with the challenges of our coastline, weather, and industry.

There are few remaining examples of some of these types of vessels. Tangible action to protect and preserve them is needed.

Find out how and why at the meeting.

Log into the Members Only Section to access the GoTo Meeting Link or email Bill Wallace at eastwindmarine@gmail.com


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Technical Presentation: Coping with CoP26: Climate change and the global shipping industry in 2021


DATE: THURSDAY, October 14th, 2021

TIME: 12:15 Atlantic (8:15 Pacific, 11:15 Eastern, 12:45 NFLD)

Coping with CoP26: Climate change and the global shipping industry in 2021


Jeffrey Smith presents a survey of climate change developments in the global and Canadian shipping industries, in the context of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties next month.


The need to reckon with and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been apparent to the shipping industry for almost 30 years, even as the overall size of the global trade fleet has steadily increased. The presentation first addresses the nature and trend in emissions. The successes of air pollution control of nitrogen and sulphur compounds are recalled. The treaty arrangements created by states in the International Maritime Organization are considered. Current regulatory measures and the notable commitment of IMO states in 2018 to extensive reductions are explored. The presentation concludes with an evaluation of requirements to come after CoP 26 and the trend of individual states to move to economic and direct regulation of emissions.


Dr. Jeffrey Smith,

Dr. Jeffrey Smith, FCIMarE, is a member of the Atlantic Branch of the Institute.  A former RCN chief engineer, he researches climate change in the shipping industry including the development of economic and regulatory measures to address greenhouse gas emissions.  Jeffrey advises governments and classification societies in matters as diverse as environmental protection in the Arctic, shipbuilding programs, transportation safety and the law of the sea.  On the faculty of The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in Ottawa, he is also international law counsel to a government in Africa.

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Technical Presentation: Improving ship efficiency through Becker Marine Systems Rudders and Mewis Duct


DATE: TUESDAY, October 12th, 2021

TIME: 12:00 Eastern (8:00 Pacific, 13:00 Atlantic, 13:30 NFLD)

Wartsila EEXI Engine Power Limitation Energy Efficiency Technology


Founded in 1946 by Willi Becker, Becker Marine Systems (BMS) has become the market leader for high- efficiency maneuvering systems and energy-saving devices for all types of vessels.

With the current introduction of the EEXI and CII in context, an overview of the Becker Marine Systems (BMS) relevant product portfolio is given.

Firstly, a brief insight into rudder theory and a comparison of different rudder types (in terms of efficiency vs. maneuverability) will be given, with a focus on twisted rudders with bulb.

Secondly, the energy-saving device Becker Mewis Duct® and its natural development, the Becker Mewis Duct® Twisted (formerly known as Becker Twisted Fin®), will be presented. With its flexible design approach, the Mewis Duct family works by creating a thrust, reducing the vessel drag by minimizing separation, and improving the propeller efficiency by introducing a pre-swirl. These effects combine to produce effective power reductions for all types of vessels.

With today’s emphasis on efficient performance, optimization of both rudders and ESDs rely heavily on the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques. Use of CFD is now core to the design and development of BMS products, and some examples that illustrate how it is used for rudder and ESD optimization will be given.


Lars Koehler, Sales Manager

+49 40 24199-1321 / lko@becker-marine-systems.com

Lars has been with Becker Marine Systems Sales team for 2 years. He is responsible for Sales of Becker Marine Systems in various areas in Europe and Americas. Previously, he held various positions in Sales and Service in the maritime industry.

Lars is a former Navy Officer with a university degree in Industrial Engineering as well as an MBA in International Management.

Steve Leonard, Head – Research & Development (ibmv)

+49 381 36445311 / sle@ibmv.de

Steve has been leading the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) effort at the Becker Marine Systems subsidiary ibmv for 16 years.  During this period, he has gained extensive experience in all aspects of marine hydrodynamics, with particular emphasis on rudder, propeller and ESD design, development and optimization as well as model testing. Prior to working within the BMS group, he spent 7 years as part of the Schilling high-lift rudders team at Hamworthy Engineering, and was for many years working in the naval architecture department at the VSEL shipyard.

Steve graduated from University College London in 1990 with a degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

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Webinar On the Radar: Digitalisation in Subsea Operations & Marine Assets.

The National Council extends an invitation from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology webinar On the Radar: Digitalisation in Subsea Operations & Marine Assets.

As we continue to change, we will through our Web Site encourage participation in the marine community.

Register for a free online panel event, IMarEST On the Radar: Digitalisation in Subsea Operations & Marine Assets.

Taking place on Wednesday 23 June, our specialist panellists will discuss the use of digital twins in the imminent transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy. Looking at the digitalisation of marine and subsea assets, experts will also examine the transfer of skills that will be required for this transition to take place, taking knowledge from the oil and gas sector into the green energy space.

The event will be available for registrants to watch on-demand if unable to watch live.

You can find out more about our panellists, and register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/imarest-on-the-radar-digitalisation-in-subsea-operations-marine-assets-tickets-153598734951

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