See you at SMC

By Joe Comer posted 09-12-2016 09:10 AM


SNAME’s 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 to the problems their customers identify. Engineers and designers touch manufacturing, fabrication, and ship production.


Manufacturer. Equipment manufacturers go through their own design and manufacturing processes to supply shipbuilders and operators with components needed to complete a vessel or installation.


Shipbuilder. This face of SNAME is the bridge between the operator and the combined work of designers, engineers, and equipment manufacturers.


Operator. Operators put the accumulated output of the preceding faces of SNAME to work. In most cases, this means years of service requiring maintenance, upgrades, and conversion for new purposes.


Recycler/salvor. Salvage may be classified as a type of operation in the event of a mishap, or the salvor’s work may be connected to the last phase of a vessel’s life when recycling comes into play. After a vessel has served its useful life, there is a proper and efficient way to recycle the asset so that the life of its components may be extended or those components returned to the supply chain responsibly. Recycling expertise is required for completing this end of the asset’s life.


No matter the type of maritime or offshore business, geographical location, or professional specialty, SNAME members operate in one or more of these seven roles. The SMC is your opportunity to interact with colleagues from all seven functional areas—from all over the world and from all segments of the industry.


The program includes highly regarded topical breakfasts, as well as panels, presentations, and the traditional technical and research sessions, where renowned professionals share their knowledge. Attendees can once again explore the expo hall with product and technology demonstrations, the ever-popular innovation sessions, and the National Ship Research Program expo of panel projects. In addition, the opening plenary session, SNAME annual banquet, and the president’s luncheon provide excellent opportunities to network and to take pride in fellow members receiving prestigious medals and awards.


You are invited to attend the SMC on November 1-5 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, WA. Experience this premier event of the international community for maritime and ocean professionals.