IMarEST Gordon Hodge Memorial Lecture, Ships of the Future
How Ships of the Future will be Operated and Maintained and how will we train the Engineers to do it
Thoughts on the Challenges facing ships engineers in the 21st century and how to overcome them
About our Speaker
Bob Maxwell, CEng, CMarEng, FIMarEST, FIES. Managing Director, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore). Bob has been in the shipping industry for over 35 years including 20 years at sea, 9 of which were as a Chief Engineer Officer. Since then he has worked in ship management in Cyprus and the UK and is now managing a fleet of 91 vessels for BSM in Singapore. During that time Bob has moved from the out and out engineering side of the shipping industry into the multi-faceted world of total ship management. Bob has wide experience in the oil and chemical tanker, gas carrier, bulk & container sectors as well as in the development and implementation of ship management IT systems.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and the Institution of Shipbuilders and Engineers in Scotland. Bob is also a member of the Singapore Shipping Association, International Committee.
About Gordon Hodge
Born in 1920 Gordon Hodge CEng, CMarEng, HonFIMarEST came from very humble beginnings, leaving school at 14 to become an apprentice fitter and turner in the shipyard at Dartford. When war broke out he finished his apprenticeship eight months early and volunteered to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. He served throughout the war in Atlantic and Pacific waters, and stayed on for six further years, leaving in 1951 having attained the rank of 2nd Engineer.
Marriage saw him opt for a land-based career and he became a teacher at Poplar Technical College, which was where he had previously studied for his certificates of competency. Having proved himself a natural teacher he and his wife migrated to Singapore where he taught marine engineering at the Singapore Technical College for six years (1949 – 1955). He then returned to Poplar Technical College where he rose to become head of the department for marine engineering.
In 1980 he was asked to work for the IMO (then the IMCO) as a training consultant for marine engineering colleges. With many ships flagged to developing nations it was essential to ensure that colleges around the world could be helped to develop and maintain satisfactory courses. Gordon Hodge worked full time for the IMO until 1992. Even then, he continued to work for the IMO and for the Norwegian Government; until 2000.
His involvement with the IMarEST (originally IMarE) covers over fifty years from 1950 – when he first joined, until his death in 2006. He was engaged at the top level of administration; chaired many of the key committees of Council; and held the unique honour of being both an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice President of the Institute. He was a member of what is now the Board of Trustees and he was also actively engaged with the CEI, EC and EC UK.
Programme for the evening
Time: 1815 - Registration
1900 - Lecture
2000 - Cocktail reception
The lecture is free to attend and open to all, but advance registration is required to secure your place.
For more information please contact the IMarEST Asia Pacific team by emailing or by calling +65 64720096