Welcome to the first session in the 2nd series of Get Set for Workboat 2050. This series will continue to feature expert panels on critical aspects of vessel operations, efficiency, and safety in the workboat industry.

This first session will focus on 'Vessel tracking & monitoring: Optimise your fleet and minimise carbon emissions with vessel tracking and monitoring technology.' Join our panel of experts to learn how the latest technology can help you monitor and reduce both fuel consumption and harmful emissions.

  • Welcome Address by the Workboat Association
  • Presentations from three expert speakers
  • Panel discussion with moderator
  • Live audience Q&A
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    Kerrie Forster
    CEO, The Workboat Association
    After 17 years working both on/offshore within various maritime industries, Kerrie is an industry Consultant and CEO of the Workboat Association - “The trade association for Workboat Owners, Operators, Stakeholders and Professionals.”

    Once a workboat vessel Master, he has substantial offshore experience onboard CTVs, Survey Vessels, Dive support and Anchor Handlers. Kerrie spent a number of years managing a fleet of workboats for an International company based in the Netherlands and has gained experience from working across the globe.
    Kerrie has a strong background in promoting a well-accepted safety culture, responsible work ethics and cross organisation understanding. He has designed QHSE documentation, systems/ controls and has led significant incident and accident investigations. Organising and providing training and technical advice to on/offshore workforces, he is an ISM lead auditor, certified in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods code and has developed and implemented ISO/OHSAS/IMO certification of various company Safety Management Systems.
    Currently living in Rotterdam NL, Kerrie actively represents the Workboat Industry and wider Offshore Contracting Sector speaking at and Chairing working groups and conferences, providing guidance and research to many National and International publications, campaigns and Government strategies. Kerrie is motivated in supporting all industry stakeholders from Regulators to Apprentices.
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    Andy Page - Moderator
    Managing Director, Chartwell Marine
    A Chartered Engineer, Andy Page is Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, a Naval Architectural consultancy business which supports boat builders and vessel operators worldwide. In addition to this, Andy Page is the Chairman of the Workboat Association Technical Working Group, responsible for leading the way in industry decarbonisation.

    For several years, Andy worked for a large high-speed vessel boat builder and repairer as head naval architect and general manager. The design organisation supported both their UK South Coast & East Coast Facilities as well as providing design services to the wider market. Andy headed up the design team, which at its peak had multiple naval architects and marine engineers working worldwide. The team were responsible for designing several craft ranging from small commercial ribs to large high-speed offshore catamarans. Their work took them across the world, with projects in Australia, Brazil, Taiwan and most significantly the USA.

    Following these exciting years Andy formed Chartwell Marine Ltd, to operate independently. Chartwell Marine are an award-winning pioneer in next generation vessel design and are responsible for a number of innovative and market leading projects including, but not limited to, the Chartwell 24 hybrid scanwell survey, and, partners in the design of the BARTECH30 and BARTECH50.
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    Chris Huxley-Reynard
    Managing Director, Reygar Ltd
    Chris has worked for 20 years in the commercial marine and marine renewables industries. He has an extensive experience of offshore wind and tidal turbine marine operations. As former founder director of Rolls Royce subsiduary Tidal Generation Ltd he understands how to bring cutting edge R&D to commercialisation.

    An aeronautical engineer by training, his broad technical expertise in hydrodynamics, offshore electro-mechanical engineering and software development, combined with his hands-on, practical offshore experience, means he brings a multi-disciplinary approach to developing new technology. Chris has helped to drive the development of Reygar’s BareFLEET remote monitoring system from its early inception. He also lectures at Bristol University on marine renewables.
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    Mike Proudlove
    General Manager, Offshore Turbine Services
    Mike Proudlove is General Manager of Offshore Turbine Services (OTS), a crew transfer vessel operator working across northern Europe. Mike has been involved in the management of CTVs in the Renewables and Marine Civils sectors for ten years and has also worked as master of a CTV. OTS has always focussed on fuel-efficient operations and it has been utilising Marfle engine telemetry since 2017 to improve operations. In the last twelve months OTS has also operated vessels on HVO and it has undertaken a feasibility and regulatory analysis of hydrogen dual fuel options in the workboat sector.
    Prior to working in the CTV sector, Mike worked as a vessel surveyor in the USA and the UK. Mike is still active in surveyor training and education and was instrumental in developing the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Marine Surveying with the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS). Mike is a Fellow of the IIMS, a non-executive director of the Marine Surveying Academy and co-chair of the Workboat Association Safety Forum.
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    Taras Pavlyuk
    Technical Sales Engineer, AST Marine Sciences Ltd
    After 6 years of working within the recruitment industry, specialising in IT/Engineering positions, Taras joined AST Marine Sciences as a Technical Sales Engineer, concentrating on vessel performance telemetry solution and planned maintenance software application for vessel operators.

    Taras is the lead for AST’s vessel performance monitoring system, which provides vessel owners with data via an online portal on an extensive range of vessel parameters including, vessel direction and speed, engine temperatures, engine running hours, fuel usage, CO2 emissions, exhaust temperatures, mains battery voltage and much more.

    Taras’s role at AST is varied as his responsibilities are to provide 1st line technical support, engage with product development, training existing and new customers, attend client visits to perform presentations and carry out account management.