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The 10 th Annual Apprentice School SNAME Boat Design competition took place at The Mariners’ Museum in the heavy winds on Saturday May 6.  The four finalists in this year’s competition were Barracuda (Advanced Technology Center), Nauti Buoys (West Springfield High School), Operation Overboard (Jamestown High School), and Pay-Day (Poquoson High School).  We had a new team this year in the race day event - it was West Springfield’s first time as a finalist.    This year’s competition had the high school students design landing craft for an invasion at the Lion’s Bridge!  This year’s competition was very close and Barracuda with its 46 “jeeps” and 192 ...
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We lost Steve Kemp a few days ago to cancer.  Steve is well known for his love of ships and the sea, of U Michigan's students, naval architecture, marine engineering, their sports teams, and for raising: Clumber Spaniels Steve was also a professional seafarer and worked on some truly unique projects.  He had to withdraw from some of his volunteer activities this last year or so but kept in touch with the staff all along the way letting us know how he was doing and what he was experiencing.  We miss your energy and friendship Steve. Steve Kemp Obituary
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Remembering Ron Kiss

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Yesterday, Anne and I spent the day in Rockville, Maryland attending the funeral, mass, and reception for former SNAME president Ron Kiss with what was easily more than 200 of Ron and his wife June’s friends and family. It was quite an exceptional experience to celebrate Ron’s life with so many people who knew him so very well. His children and grandchildren told wonderful stories about his journey from a young boy fascinated with the water and sailing through school at Webb Institute.    Many of his Webb classmates were in attendance to share their experiences and memories of Ron and June.  The stories continued to include meeting and eventually ...
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Dining out with my wife recently, I noticed something—as I looked around the restaurant I saw other guests with their heads buried in their phones, eyes stuck to a screen and not interacting with those sitting right in front of them. Each of us is guilty of using our phones a little too much, but personal connection is still vital for business and personal fulfillment. The Executive Committee and I have been discussing the value of being a SNAME member, and it occurred to me that at a time when people don’t interact in the way they once did, professional societies like ours are more important than ever before. SNAME is more than just technical content ...
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Mark your calendar for the 8th Annual Symposium conducted by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Western Europe Section. It will be held on Friday, 13 October 2017 at ABS Europe, Ltd. located at #1 Frying Pan Alley, London, E1 7HR. The events will be attended by professionals and students from different parts of the world. The theme for this event are renewable energy and the environment. It will be a full day event, lunch and snacks are included. On 14th October 2017 is also a full day event - a guided tour to the Chatham Historic Dockyard located at Chatham, England.
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Dear SNAME members: For second consecutive year, SNAME WES section is organised the paper contest. All Young Professional memebers (under 35) are invited to submit a little abstract before the 15th of February. Details of the contest are in the SNAME WES website: http://www.sname.org/westerneurope/home See image below with last year UCL second Winners: Gabriela, Andrew and Akshay and SNAME Committee Members Nina, Blanca and Keith
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Time of Transition

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Happy and Healthy New Year to all. I am Martin Toyen, president of SNAME. I am profoundly honored to have been asked to serve as president and I look forward to maintaining the very highest standards that this professional organization has stood for during its 120 years of existence. A very warm thank you to Joe Comer, who was president and led the organization for the last two years. I appreciated his openness and mentoring this past year and look forward to working with him during the next two years. SNAME has implemented a membership growth plan. That plan calls for 325 net new paid professional members by November 2017. The plan can only ...
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Happy Holidays

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On behalf of the staff at SNAME HQ and SNAME Europe I want to wish you all the happiest of Holidays and Merry Christmas. We are looking forward to an exciting new year. As we close this year and prepare for the next I want to thank all of our members and leadership, the many Section and Committee Members, Chairs, Alternate and Co-Chairs, Functional and Regional Vice Presidents and their Alternates for all of your contributions that make SNAME a great organization. Join me in welcoming Marty Toyen as our New President, officially starting 1 January. Marty has been working hard on his transition plan and has been especially active the last half of this ...
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Upcoming Events

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SNAME Winter Social 4:30 PM, December 19, 2016 Park Lane Tavern 4200 Kilgore Avenue, Hampton, VA Section provides appetizers Members and interested apprentices are invited! RSVP (yes/no) to Tyler.L.Sutton@hii-nns.com SNAME Hockey Night @ Norfolk Admirals 7:30 PM, January 27, 2017 Norfolk Scope 201 E Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk, VA Section covers member tickets Friends, family, and interested apprentices are welcome! Cost for guests TBD SNAME Monthly Meeting Speaker: Donald Blount Topic: Destriero Story 4:30 PM, February 15, 2017 The Apprentice School Classroom TBD Dinner will be provided ...
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Give us 12 minutes of your time and we'll give you a world-class continuing education program in return! We want to know how SNAME can help with your continuing education needs, regardless of your industry segment or where you are in your career. Your input is a critical part of our exploration into the launch of a continuing education program and voluntary certification program. Participate anonymously or provide your contact information to receive updates on our progress. Please feel free to share with friends and colleagues. Take the Surve
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Recap of Recent Events

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The Apprentice School Student Section of SNAME has had multiple outings this year, here's a recap of the last few notable events; Apprentices Chris Boone and Tim Mills and recent PDP graduate Jarrod Griffith presented an overview of The Apprentice Schools SNAME Boat Design Competition to the Hampton Roads SNAME section at their monthly meeting on Monday, May 23rd. These three updated the parent section on the current status of the competition and the shipbuilding-related STEM outreach this competition provides the community. All in attendance stated what a wonderful job they did with their presentation! Dat Luong, Al Melton, and Jennifer Ryan attended ...
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PPC boatbuilding

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In this letter, I want to propose a topic interesting in Vietnam shipbuilding now, it is PPC boatbuilding. As you know, PPC (Polypropylene copolymer) is a thermoplastics material and using for auto parts, very small leisure boat (Porta-Bote Washington USA) .... I think , till this days, only big boats are built in Vietnam (pls see the link http://jamesboat.vn/en/news/technology-in-building-ppc-boats-69.html ) . This event raised a discussion in our circle : Why another countries don't use this material in boatbuilding ? Why no instructions, no regulations about this material issued by Lloyd's, Rina, ABS, DNV ...? What is the negative aspect of PPC boats , ...
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IMOs Ballast Water Convention, adopted in 2004, will go into force in September 2017. The Convention requires that all ships in international waters manage their ballast water and sediment to standards, maintain a detailed ballast water record book, and hold an international ballast water management certificate. SNAME's technical library includes hundreds of papers to help you meet this standard, including this 2013 paper. Join SNAME and get 20 FREE downloads of valuable papers like this per yea
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In today's (9/15/16) Weekly Member Communication there was a piece titled "Take the Short Way Home" that discussed reduced ice coverage in the Arctic that allows more frequent ship passages through the Northwest and Northeast Passages. I was troubled by the following statement: "S NAME members contributed greatly over the years to the efforts that led to this route beginning to become more viable . " I suppose this is true in many ways based on the myriad of work members have done to facilitate the growth of the oil and gas industry. It is my opinion and hope that the loss of ice in the Arctic has been an unintended consequence ...
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See you at SMC

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SNAMEs maritime convention (SMC) is just around the corner. SNAME members come from one or more of the seven faces of SNAME and together make up one of the strongest cross-functional organizations in the maritime community. Student. Our members often start as students in one of the many disciplines that form the basis of the maritime and offshore industries. Educator/researcher. Research produces the results that are used by all of the other faces of SNAME. Teaching is the bedrock for developing the next generation of maritime professionals. Engineer/ designer. Engineers and designers seek to develop safe and efficient solutions ...
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The winners of the Paper Contest has been announced at the website and personal email to winners were sent on 1 July 2016 by Blanca Pena, YP Chair . Congratulations to the winners of this 1st Paper Contest. Also congratulations to Blanca for being proactive, tenacious and reliable which made this paper contest a success. Thanks to Keith William Hutchinson, T & R /Paper Chair and Ema Muk-Pavic, Educator for being a judging panel of this event and supporting Blanca. We look forward to receiving submittals from students and young professional of age 35 and less for the forthcoming Paper Contest 2017. Details to follow in due course
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Are you watching the discussion on "Peak Trade", the intersection of the expansion of vessel capacity, economic forces, and events like the opening of the new Panama Canal? Our friends at MarineTraffiic.com have a fascinating vessel density map that shows vessel tracks for more than 145.000 vessels. My own guess is that this is not "Peak Trade". What's yours? The innovation in our logistics and supply chain will continue to evolve and even as vessel capacities continue to change, so will the variety and types of vessels grow. This is one of the many impacts SNAME members have on our world
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Growing Leaders

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By the time you read this, SNAME’s Council Retreat 2016 will be in the history books. The whole council will have met in Alexandria, VA with all the new leadership for 18 sections and 41 student sections from around the world. Just think, when I became president, there were only 35 SNAME student sections; now there are 40. Council Retreat is a weekend training event for new SNAME leadership of the sections and student sections. They came from all over the world to our headquarters in Alexandria to spend a weekend together to “learn” SNAME, get to know each other and SNAME’s business, and have fun. We started off the weekend with a tour of the ...
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Share what you know about these: Blue Origin's Sea Going Drone Plans and ACTUV Launch & Speed Trial
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Autonomous Drone Barge: Are any of you involved in this project? Just Follow the Instructions This is quite a development. If you know something about this project or the three generations of these vessels I'd love to hear from you @+1-201-314-2507 or eseither@sname.org
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