Maritime Tradition and Future Technology

Maritime is steeped in tradition with a long history of changing slowly. As the
future is arriving faster than expected, the aim of NEXT GEN is to identify
genuine improvements - compared to ideas that simply do not belong at sea.

As time is becoming scarce for everyone our objective is run specialist one day
and half events that create an independent platform where maritime organisations
can address relevant issues and share knowledge between sectors.

When groups of maritime professionals come together their shared experiences
can improve the performance of their organisations along with the overall safety
and welfare of crew and passengers on vessels of all sizes.

Reducing Risk for People On Water

In a changing world the use of technology is increasing for many organisations,
but safety remains high on the agenda for professional mariners. Death by
drowning or exposure is still the prime risk for anyone that goes to sea.
Preventing and dealing with man overboard (MOB) situations is relevant to
all people working on or near to water. On high speed craft the risks include
injury from the effects of Repeated Shock and Whole Body Vibration (RS & WBV).

NEXT GEN Workshops aim to reduce the risks on vessels of all sizes.
Agenda are shaped by industry concerns about personal safety in the
maritime workplace. Fast moving sessions highlight the hard lessons
learned from recent incidents. The focus is on current issues, plus
emerging areas of concern that operators may need to face tomorrow.

Using the latest knowledge from around the world groups identify
the effectiveness of traditional methods versus innovative systems.
For professional organisations the unique knowledge gained will lead to
improvements for current operations, along with design of next generation
vessels and procurement of effective safety equipment.

John Haynes – NEXT GEN Workshop Lead

Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute, Fellow of RINA, Yachtmaster Ocean,
OAdvanced Powerboat Instructor. Subject matter expertise includes 30 years
professional sector training, consultancy and strategic product development.
Working with over 100 organisations including military, SAR, police, commercial
operators, designers, legislators, equipment manufacturers and boat builders.

Shaped by Experience

John was in the 1979 Fastnet Race - Fifteen people died when storm Force 10
struck the fleet of 300 boats between Lands End and Ireland. Rescue efforts
were the largest at sea since WW2. This was a seminal disaster which resulted
in a major rethink of safety for small craft. The experience shaped his approach
to the water. Including the need for relevant training, effective safety planning
and over engineering of all equipment to prevent a single point of failure at sea.


The 1979 Fastnet - Storm Force 10 and Extreme Seas


Shock Mitigation Shock Mitigation