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WEBINAR: Superyachts - Current and future challenges

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A webinar by the IMarEST's North East Coast Joint Branch

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Following the successful lecture earlier this year to the Western Joint Branch, we are pleased to bring this talk to the North East Coast. The superyacht industry has seen significant growth over the last 2 decades and in the UK has established itself as a booming sub-sector of the wider maritime industry.

When it comes to the design and engineering of these impressive projects, Lateral Naval Architects (a part of BMT) have established themselves as leading players in the market. Many of the challenges faced on these projects are similar to those of the wider industry, but some are particular to yachting, such as confidentiality, comfort, large project teams including exterior and interior designers. This lecture will present and discuss these challenges in more detail.

The superyacht industry is also subject to the same rules and regulations. The challenges of IMO 2050 are as relevant to yachts as the rest of the industry. However, considering some of the stakeholders, it could also present opportunities. The lecture will discuss Lateral’s “Futurology” framework, and focus on some of their recent yacht projects with special attention to optimisation and alternative fuels.

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Alex Meredith Hardy is the Principal Naval Architect at Lateral Engineering. The team at Lateral provide complete technical and engineering expertise to the superyacht industry. After graduating from Southampton University Ship Science, Alex joined BMT Nigel Gee in 2006. After the formation of Lateral in 2018, Alex now heads up one of the core disciplines of the company, Naval Architecture. He leads a team of 11 naval architects developing many new, novel, and exciting projects and designs from concept through to build, and beyond. Alex is also responsible for team, project and client management and is experienced in working closely with shipyards, designers, clients and their representatives and other parties to achieve a fantastic end product. Alex also sits on the Superyacht UK Technical Subgroup focusing on new regulation impacting the superyacht industry.

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Founded in 1889 and granted a Royal Charter in 1933, we are the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals.

With a worldwide membership of marine engineers, scientists and technologists based in over 128 countries, we provide levels of membership for everyone, from professionals seeking to become Chartered or gaining other Professional Recognition, to those just starting out in their careers, or studying in education, or those interested in supporting our work.

We are an NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Hydrographic Organization, the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). We have special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international intergovernmental meetings where our specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g. the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining.

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A world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity.

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