Face of SNAME - Reach Your Audience!


Engineers and designers engage in a quest to develop safe and efficient solutions to problems their customers identify. These fit for purpose solutions can either start as new concepts or require conversion or adaptation of existing platforms. With customer input, a concept is molded by production and operational realities so that the concept can take physical form.

This Face of SNAME may serve as a staff engineer for an operator, running maintenance programs – predicting needed work, scoping out new or upgrade equipment. They can serve on a vessels operational staff at sea – or as part of a builder’s team doing sea trials for performance validation and troubleshooting problems including safety, navigation systems, noise, vibration and operational characteristics.

They work in shipyards as project managers, in workflow efficiency, new build technologies (modular construction). New and more efficient ways of vessel maintenance, reducing (or potentially eliminating) dry dock time. And many participate in the National Shipbuilding Research Program – furthering technologies to build faster and better.

As staff at manufacturers/service providers providing vessel surveys, integration ideas, and designs in conjunction with the architects/engineers on various projects. Working with Class Societies to get final sign off on designs, approvals or as-built.

About 45% of the SMC attendees are in this area.



Shipbuilders convert the conceptual design and engineering work into physical product or process, incorporating equipment needed to make an asset useful.  They are the bridge between the operator, and the combined work of designers, engineers, and equipment manufacturers.

Competition necessitates a constant review of process to see if there’s improvements in any facets that can be utilized (the National Shipbuilding Research Project is an excellent resource). Whether it’s a robotic welding technique, plate straightening, process workflow improvements, modular design & construction, integrating systems into an on-going build, new resins and construction methods for light-weight and composite fabrications, data management, to name a few. It’s also vitally necessary to keep up with EHS requirements, providing a safe and environmentally responsible work site.

We expect about 21% of attendees to be in this segment.



Construction of any marine or offshore asset requires specific equipment that makes it fit for purpose. Whether it’s equipment for research center tow tank or wave generation systems, to cleats and anchors utilized in small pleasure craft to launch systems for aircraft carriers. It is all required and many times specifically engineered by staff engineers working with Owners, Operators, Salvors, Shipyards and Design Houses. 

Manufacturers go through their own design and manufacturing processes in order to supply shipbuilders and operators with components needed to complete a vessel. Whether it’s cranes, winches, sheaves, rollers, blocks, filters, brakes, transmissions, gearboxes, pumps and other necessary components – they are all needed for a safe, and successful installation.

We anticipate 15% of attendees would fall into this area.



Operators put the accumulated output, talents, products and services of everyone into use. In most cases this means years of service requiring maintenance, upgrades, conversion for new service.  These assets require specialized knowledge to maintain even if they are not in service.

Owners need to stay abreast of coming regulations so they can plan accordingly, directing their engineering staff (either internal or a hired partner) to research solutions, develop timelines to meet requirements and implement solutions. Owners also need to know about new technologies that will help them be more efficient, driving profits – whether it’s alternative fuels, coatings, predictive data for performance, remote data collection for monitoring operational conditions, and even crew comfort and safety systems.

We expect to get about 15% of the attendees from this group.


Salvors can be called upon to do many tasks. They refloat grounded vessels for repair and placement back into service with minimal damage, taking into account many different variables. They can recover and remove vessels too damaged for economical repair. Because of their specialized crews, they have systems that may be utilized in underwater repair and cleaning, keeping a vessel out of Drydock and back in operation quickly. They can perform tasks in and around ports and harbors fixing infrastructure, the list is pretty limitless.

There can be times when a Salvor’s work is connected to the last phase of a vessel’s life. After refloat and recovery operations, or, when a vessel has come to its service life limit. This is where recycling comes into play.  There is a proper and efficient way to recycle the asset so that its component parts can be properly put back to work.  Recycling expertise is required for completing this end of life phase for the asset. 

We expect about 5% of the attendees to be involved with this area.



Research produces a variety of results that is used by all of the other Faces of SNAME. Teaching, is driven in large part by the results of research.  This can be the start of the lifecycle of maritime and offshore assets and supporting activities. 

Students become future design, operations and support personnel, working with all Faces of SNAME. Both on-land and sea based activities – commercial, small craft and defense. They are the future of the industry! It’s imperative to speak to them, they gain an understanding of what’s available for solutions when they embark on their career, whether in operations, design, manufacturing, salvage work, or further research and teaching roles.


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