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Lord Kelvin Lecture: Rolls-Royce’s vision of autonomous shipping

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Guest speaker for the next IMarEST Lord Kelvin Lecture: Kevin Daffey, Engineering & Technology Director, Marine, Rolls-Royce

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On 20th June 2017, Rolls-Royce announced that it had successfully operated a remotely controlled Svitzer owned tug in the waters of Copenhagen. Remote and autonomous marine technology is the future and it will revolutionise the way vessels are built and operated. The technology is ready now to support a new remote controlled vessel market.

In June the IMO MSC 98 met and agreed to include the issue of marine autonomous surface ships on its agenda. This will be in the form of a scoping exercise to determine how the safe, secure and environmentally sound operation of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) may be introduced in IMO instruments.

This lecture will explore why the technology is of benefit to the future of ship operations, the environment and could enhance safety at sea. There are still many challenges to be overcome including; winning the hearts and minds of those who may be directly affected by the roll-out of the technology; developing global regulations and assuring safety; managing the risks around cyber-security; understanding liability and implementing new insurance models and finally setting up suitable qualifications for a new breed of sea-farer, the land-based “remote operators”.

The lecture will start to address some of the challenges, but leave some for a hearty discussion afterwards.

About the Speaker

In February 2016 Kevin became Director, Engineering & Technology for the £1bn Marine business, leading the 1,300 engineers in the Engineering function in the development of new and innovative technology, nurturing of Engineering capability and governance of Product Safety for all products and services.

Since joining Rolls-Royce in 2003, Kevin has held a number of managerial and engineering roles providing electrical engineering expertise, primarily in the marine industry. Immediately prior to his current role, he was Head of Electrical Power and Control System, and led a global team delivering technology for integrated power and propulsion systems.

In April 2008, Kevin went on secondment to the UK Ministry of Defence as Chief Marine Engineer (Electrical). In this role, Kevin was both a Naval Authority regulator for power and propulsion systems and provided expert advice in electrical engineering to the Royal Navy.

He represented the UK government at NATO SG/4 meetings and worked with the US Navy to put in place a $40million project arrangement for the development of electrical power systems. He provided expert electrical advice to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in their investigation into the Queen Mary 2 Harmonic Filter explosion in 2010.

In 2007, Kevin took on the role of Chief of Sector Defence and Marine Sectors in Bristol for the newly formed corporate Electrical Systems. He held significant chief engineer roles for Marine Electrical Systems, designing platform management systems, electrical engineering products and Submarine Manoeuvring Room Simulator and supporting bids for power and propulsion systems of naval vessels and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) carriers

In 1990 Kevin joined ALSTOM Power Conversion (now GE Energy) leading engineering teams designing, installing and setting to work electrical and control systems for industrial applications such as steel rolling mills and mining as well as marine power and propulsion. Kevin led the design of the Type 45 Destroyer electric power and propulsion system, which at the time was ALSTOM Power Conversion's largest ever engineering project.

Kevin graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Birmingham.
Kevin is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

He is an active member of professional societies, chairing international conferences and being a member of various technical committees. He has written and presented several papers and has one patent on LNG ship propulsion to his name.

He lives in South Wales with his wife and son. His interests include cycling and gardening.

History of the IMarEST Lord Kelvin Lecture Series

In memory of Lord Kelvin's presidency of the Institute, the IMarEST has established a series of lectures to reflect upon his achievements and vision. Lord Kelvin achieved world-wide fame in the sphere of pure science, and was equally successful in the application of his knowledge of physics to practical uses. Among his numerous inventions, those by which he will be chiefly remembered by the maritime community are his patent ship's compass and sea-sounding apparatus, now universally adopted. He was one of the Institute's first presidents, during session 1892-3. The IMarEST Lord Kelvin Lectures will be given by distinguished members of the maritime community taking Lord Kelvin's foresight and applying it to the development of future technologies.

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1730 - Registration & Refreshments

1800 - Lecture

1900 - Drinks reception

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The lecture is free to attend and open to all, but advance registration is required to secure your place. On arrival at Lloyds Register please use the old entrance.

This lecture is also being live-streamed on IMarEST TV.

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