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29 July, 2011

The inaugural Maritime IT & Electronics Conference, and the associated pre-conference seminar 'Principles of ECDIS and e-Navigation', organised by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and taking place in central London in October, aim to provide a full picture on the key issues of ECDIS and e-Navigation.

"This is an event designed to bring delegates up to speed and to answer the all-important question 'what's the current position, and what's on the horizon?", explains Fiona Morris, IMarEST's Interim Chief Executive. "The two day conference, with its theme 'Safe way forward with ECDIS and e-Navigation' taking place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 October will deliver e-navigation test bed results; provide perspectives from owners, ships' captains, pilotage and government; highlight ECDIS and the lessons to be learned for e-navigation; look at systems challenges, new technology, standardisation, user friendliness, and GPS and positioning challenges; and provide delegates with a class view on ECDIS and e-navigation.

"For those needing an introduction to the topic, or perhaps a 'refresher course', prior to the main two-day event, we have 'Introduction to the Principles of ECDIS and e-Navigation', a pre-conference seminar on Tuesday 18 October being led by Mark Broster, Managing Director, ECDIS Ltd. This will enable them to fully enjoy and benefit from the two day conference. This pre-conference seminar will cover the concept and capability of ECDIS, types of chart, legal aspects and equivalency, difference between ECS and ECDIS; and backup procedures - including loss of GPS."

The 1st IMarEST Maritime IT & Electronics Conference will be chaired by Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General, InterManager who will deliver an address at the start of proceedings, and close the conference leaving delegates thinking about the three main issues.

Confirmed speakers include: David Patraiko, Director of Projects, The Nautical Institute; Capt Roy Stanbrook, Harbourmaster of the Lower District Port of London, Port of London Authority; Rear-Admiral Nick Lambert, UK National Hydrographer; Mark Broster, Managing Director, ECDIS Ltd; Dr Rolf Skjong, Director & Chief Scientist, Division Governance & Global Development International Affairs, Det Norske Veritas AS; and George Shaw, Principal Development Engineer, The Research and Radionavigation Directorate (R&RNAV); with more being added regularly to the programme.

Further information on all aspects of the 1st IMarEST Maritime IT & Electronics Conference 2011; and the pre-conference seminar is available from www.imarest.org/events; events@imarest.org; and from the Events Department IMarEST, 80 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7382 2636; Fax: +44 (0)20 7382 2667. Delegates can book just for the introductory pre-conference seminar or for the main conference; or book for both.

Source - IMarEST

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