Programme launched for 4th IMarEST condition based maintenance conference

Technical — By on June 26, 2013 at 7:34 PM

imarestlogofrontpageWhen properly implemented, with the necessary buy-in from the top of an organisation, an intelligent condition based maintenance (CBM) regime reduces the residual cost of ownership, by reducing both the cost of downtime and the actual cost of maintenance.

The IMarEST Condition Based Maintenance series of conferences has established the reputation of raising the bar of the technical discussion and of moving the level of discussion onto an altogether higher level among owners and within the maritime industry.  The 4th IMarEST Condition Based Maintenance Conference, with its theme ‘A Smart Approach to Maintenance for Owners’ being held at One Great George Street, London SW1 on Wednesday 25 – Thursday 26 September 2013 will continue to explore the benefits of CBM and of how to achieve a smart approach to maintenance.

“Each of our four annual conferences on CBM has moved the discussion further along the line, ” explains David Loosley, Chief Executive Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). “Back in 2010 we set the scene taking ‘Optimised maintenance for improved value and return on investment’ as the theme and set out to show how CBM works, and to make the business case, demonstrating that it is now the most flexible, efficient, clean – reducing emissions, safe and, most importantly, profitable approach to maintenance for owners.

“In 2011 the conference took ‘Recognising the value of systems integrity for reliability and sustainability’ as its theme; and in 2012, as CBM technologies and methods were becoming increasingly mature, vessel owners, operators, class representatives, equipment and service suppliers, and academics from ten countries from both the civil and defence sectors met to discuss ‘Removing obstacles to culture change’.

“Keynote addresses will set the scene on both days of our 4th CBM Conference, by addressing ‘The Owner’s Perspective’ on the first day; and Bernd Geropp, Managing Director, Bernd Geropp Consulting will inspire delegates with ‘You can make it happen! Clear communication as key for a successful Condition Based Maintenance Program’ on Day Two.

“This year our conference will once again be chaired by Danny Shorten MIMarEST, Lead Business Development Specialist – CBM, Lloyd’s Register; and our sessions addressing ‘Owners – what they are doing and what are their problems?’; ‘New Technical Developments’; ‘Standards and Training’; ‘Help from Class to Achieve Successful Implementation’; ‘Performance Monitoring’ and ‘Human Factors’ will give, by means of those two keynote addresses, presentations, case studies and panel discussions, an update on progress of adoption and the route to ever-increasing levels of a smart approach to maintenance.

“We look forward to welcoming delegates from all over the world to this fourth event in a highly successful series, which will once again provide opportunities for networking at the conference reception and during breaks in proceedings.”

The 4th IMarEST Condition Based Maintenance Conference is sponsored by CMT, DMSI, IFM Electronic, Mimic and SPM with InterManager and The Nautical Institute as supporting organisations. The conference is eligible for Continuing Professional Development.

Further information and the full programme for the two days are online at www.imarest.org/cbm and from events@imarest.org and early bird rates are available for IMarEST members, IMarEST Marine Partners and non-members alike until Friday 16 August.

About the Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. The IMarEST (a registered charity) is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of around 15, 000 based in over 100 countries.

Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST has a growing network of Corporate Marine Partners who benefit from a tailored programme to support each global organisation’s specific requirements. Packages provide companies with a competitive edge by investing in staff and supporting Initial and Continuous Professional Development, supporting local, national, or international promotional programmes, providing specialised recruitment solutions, accrediting training courses, creating bespoke networking events and providing company employees with access to one of the largest online knowledge resources – the IMarEST Virtual Library.

The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the International Oceanographic Commission, and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international  intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining. It is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

IMarEST runs a series of industry leading and technically excellent events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised publications: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World and Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology. www.imarest.org

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