On October 13-15, fourteen students from the TU Delft SNAME student section attended the Annual Symposium of the SNAME Western European Section in London (compared to only six from last year!). They traveled in style by ferry with the Stenaline to Harwich. On board of the Brittanica the students got the opportunity to visit the bridge and talk to the captain about the technical aspects and design of the ship.
This year the symposium focused on environmental regulations covering the MARPOL VI, FLNG, Special Thruster Design, Reliability of Ship Systems and a presentation by Paula van Lieshout (PhD Candidate, TU Delft, and our very own student section President) about her research on Multiaxial Fatigue under variable amplitude loading in welded joints in Ship and Offshore Structures. During the symposium we met students from other SNAME Student Sections and discussed the educational programs of our universities. After the symposium we enjoyed a dinner with fellow students from Strathclyde University and ended the day with a pint in a typical English Pub.
After the symposium the students enjoyed a wonderful tour through the Headquarters of IMO and an interesting presentation on the organisation and activities performed by IMO. IMO has a massive archive and a lot of knowledge on maritime related subject and provides this information in the form of an internship to students who are performing a literature study. Students got access to their archive, got into contact with experts and got the opportunity to join meetings on their topic of interest. After the tour we had lunch with an amazing view looking over the Thames with Big Ben right across the water.
Next the students continued our journey to Lloyds Register, positioned in the heart of the financial district where we were welcomed in the impressive General Committee Room (dating from 1901). Two enthusiastic employees gave presentations on the work performed by Lloyds Register and the Graduate Program they are doing. They also presented some insights on the Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report which has recently been published. This report is based on a two year collaborative research project between Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton into the future of the maritime industries. The visit was followed by a tour through the beautiful old building.
We would like to thank ABS for sponsoring the symposium and Stena Line for providing the students with round trip tickets aboard the Stena Britannica and Stena Hollandica. We also would like to thank IMO and Lloyds Register for hosting us! And of course Vice Chair Elouise for making everything possible.