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Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are becoming an increasingly important resource for Navies and Coast Guards around the world. As shipbuilding technologies continue to advance the mission scope for a single OPV platform greatly increases. Policing missions such as Counter-Piracy and Counter-Terrorism operations can be supplemented now by survey and Mine Countermeasure operations simply by swapping equipment on board the ship. This is all done with a greatly reduced cost compared to mission-specific platforms or full scale warships which have greater maintenance and operations costs compared to flexible OPVs.

Therefore SMi is proud to announce that it will be launching its inaugural OPV Technology event which will focus on the new potential for OPVs within this proliferation in combat and combat support technology capabilities. The event will be held in London on the 8th-9th June to discuss how individual nations are working to enhance the capabilities of their coastal fleets as well as the prospect for future cooperation and interoperability.

  • Extremely focused on new technologies available to OPV using nations across Europe and beyond
  • Expert led panel discussions on international cooperation in operations and the future prospect for modular technologies
  • Briefings from leading Navy and Coast Guard officers from around the world
  • Learn about current and future national OPV platforms and how they enhance maritime security
  • Discover how to optimise business potential by working with these countries
     
  • Navy, Coast Guard and Maritime Border Guard Officers
  • Mine Warfare and Hydrographic Commanding Officers
  • OPV Commanders
  • OPV Platform Programme Managers
  • Warship Acquisition Officers
  • Shipbuilder OPV Programme Managers
  • Command and Control System Developers
  • Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology Developers

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Informal Introductions

9:15 Chairman's Opening Address

Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

9:30 Recent Border Force Cutter Operations in The Mediterranean

Assistant Director Doug McLellan

Assistant Director Doug McLellan, Commander, Border Security Squadron, UK Border Force

  • The technical capabilities of the Cutters for humanitarian missions
  • On- and off-board systems to monitor busy coastlines and open ocean
  • Assessing requirements for future deployments
  • 10:10 PPA Offshore Patrol Vessels: Bringing New Capabilities to the Italian Navy

    Commander Massimo Gardini

    Commander Massimo Gardini, Head EW Office, Italian Navy

  • Enhancing the ability to support operations abroad with cheaper more flexible patrol vessels
  • Technical requirements for future Italian Offshore Patrol Vessel designs
  • The ability of the PPA platform to deploy abroad in support of Maritime Constabulary missions
  • 10:50 Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    11:20 Weapon System and Fire Control Technologies for Offshore Patrol Vessels

    Patrick Keyzer

    Patrick Keyzer, Business Developer Maritime Operations, TNO-cIVO

    12:00 The Damen Approach to Offshore Patrol Vessels Technology

    Piet Van Rooij

    Piet Van Rooij, Manager of Design and Proposal, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

  • The development of the Multi-mission bay,
  • Multi-mission aviation,
  • And multi-mission operation of OPVs
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area

    13:40 The OPV Turva in Service: Development Process, Concept and Performance

    Gunnar Holm

    Gunnar Holm, Head of Ship Technical Unit, Chief Engineer, Finnish Border Guard

  • Designing and building the largest OPV in Finnish history
  • The technological capabilities of the Turva in Coast Guard tasks
  • How this has enhanced maritime safety and security in Finnish waters
  • Developing these advancements for future Coast Guard acquisition
  • 14:20 Protecting Norwegian Interests in the North Sea and Arctic Oceans

    Lieutenant Commander Bard Hess

    Lieutenant Commander Bard Hess, Navigation Systems Branch, Royal Norwegian Navy

     

  • OPV technologies used to maximize maritime environment protection
  • Flexibility requirements for peace and wartime missions
  • Overcoming the challenges of policing the Norwegian Economic Exclusive Zone

     

     

     

     

  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    15:30 Operators' Panel Discussion: Modular Technologies for Versatile Mission Sets

  • Experience in using mission modules in complex environments
  • Advantages and disadvantages over mission-specific vessel designs
  • Future plans for operational versatility in OPV designs
  • Gunnar Holm

    Gunnar Holm, Head of Ship Technical Unit, Chief Engineer, Finnish Border Guard

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

    Commander Massimo Gardini

    Commander Massimo Gardini, Head EW Office, Italian Navy

    Lieutenant Commander Bard Hess

    Lieutenant Commander Bard Hess, Navigation Systems Branch, Royal Norwegian Navy

    16:20 Maritime Security Trends and Patterns in High Risk Areas

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix, Former Chief of Staff to the Commander of Allied Maritime Command Naples, NATO

  • Current security challenges in high risk areas such as the horn of Africa
  • The rise in low-intensity maritime conflict: the perfect stage for OPVs?
  • Technological advances to help monitor and secure dangerous regions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Day One

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

    9:00 Morning Registration

    9:45 Chairman's Opening Address

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

    10:00 The Near Future Trends for Offshore Patrol Vessels

    Antonio Mateus

    Antonio Mateus, Director, Arsenal do Alfeite, S.A.

  • Mission requirements
  • OPV Characteristics
  • Systems Capabilities
  • Operational profiles and exploitation
  • OPV Follow-On-Support
  • Through Life Cost
  • 10:40 Designing an Effective Maritime Security Strategy in Hostile Regions

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

    11:20 Morning Coffee and Networking in the Exhibition Area

    11:50 Builder's Panel Discussion: Latest Design Techniques for Maximised Littoral Operations

  • Optimising designs for operations close to shore
  • Specific challenges that should be overcome
  • Weapons and sensor system requirements for these regions
  • Gunnar Holm

    Gunnar Holm, Head of Ship Technical Unit, Chief Engineer, Finnish Border Guard

    Piet Van Rooij

    Piet Van Rooij, Manager of Design and Proposal, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

    12:40 Enhancing Operations in the Mediterranean to Prevent Human Trafficking into Europe

    Captain Gianfranco Vizzini

    Captain Gianfranco Vizzini, ACOS J5, EU Naval Force

     

     

     

     

  • Comparing OPVs to full warships in successfully monitoring and apprehending traffickers
  • Increasing the capacity of Operation Sophia through advanced ship-based and off board technologies
  • Future capability of EUNAVFOR MED

     

     

  • 13:20 Networking Lunch in the Exhibition Area

    14:20 Discussing the Global Trends in Offshore Patrol Vessel Operations Around the World

    Ian Keddie

    Ian Keddie, Defence Research Analyst, iiss

  • Trends in technology: on and off-board systems to enhance ship survivability and lethality
  • What regions are the main focus for OPV operations
  • Recent research papers on future surface warship technology
  • 15:00 Developing An Effective Policy for Maritime Security in the Coastal Region

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Jean-Marie Lhuissier

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Jean-Marie Lhuissier, Maritime Security Consultant,

  • Analysing the threats and challenges in the littoral area
  • How to create the best plan for Maritime Security in territorial waters and the high seas
  • Finding the right platforms for this role - OPVs, etc.
  • 15:40 Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Day Two

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl, Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command

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    Assistant Director Doug McLellan

    Assistant Director Doug McLellan

    Commander, Border Security Squadron, UK Border Force
    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command
    Gunnar Holm

    Gunnar Holm

    Head of Ship Technical Unit, Chief Engineer, Finnish Border Guard
    Piet Van Rooij

    Piet Van Rooij

    Manager of Design and Proposal, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

    Antonio Mateus

    Director, Arsenal do Alfeite, S.A.
    Antonio Mateus

    Assistant Director Doug McLellan

    Commander, Border Security Squadron, UK Border Force
    Assistant Director Doug McLellan

    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Former Chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, US Africa Command
    Captain (Ret'd) Phillip Heyl

    Captain Gianfranco Vizzini

    ACOS J5, EU Naval Force
    Captain Gianfranco Vizzini

    Commander Massimo Gardini

    Head EW Office, Italian Navy
    Commander Massimo Gardini

    Gunnar Holm

    Head of Ship Technical Unit, Chief Engineer, Finnish Border Guard
    Gunnar Holm

    Ian Keddie

    Defence Research Analyst, iiss
    Ian Keddie

    Lieutenant Commander Bard Hess

    Navigation Systems Branch, Royal Norwegian Navy
    Lieutenant Commander Bard Hess

    Patrick Keyzer

    Business Developer Maritime Operations, TNO-cIVO
    Patrick Keyzer

    Piet Van Rooij

    Manager of Design and Proposal, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem
    Piet Van Rooij

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Former Chief of Staff to the Commander of Allied Maritime Command Naples, NATO
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Anthony Rix

    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Jean-Marie Lhuissier

    Maritime Security Consultant,
    Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Jean-Marie Lhuissier

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    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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