30th & 31st January 2018
Fort Lauderdale, USA

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08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman’s opening remarks
Captain Buddy Reams , Director of Prevention Operations – Seventh Coast Guard District (Retired), USCG Chief Maritime Officer, NACE International


With ship orders increasing and seven cruise liners soon taking delivery of their biggest ships there is an unprecedented amount of growth in PSS. As volume of passengers and size of ships increase organisations must revise how they regulate and deal with these unique ocean-going vessels. This opening session will look at some of the technical innovations and regulatory changes that have emerged from this changing landscape.

09:00 -

The work of Royal Caribbean in developing damage consequence plans

  • Upgrading of the existing fleet to ensure compliance with damage control standards
  • Flooding simulation and detecting progressive flooding early
  • Damage stability: Alternative design methods to meet legislative demands
Kevin Douglas , Vice President – Technical Projects – Newbuilding, Royal Caribbean Cruises

09:30 -

Water mist firefighting on passenger vessels

  • High pressure water mist technology
  • Protection of machinery spaces
  • Importance of preventing maintenance and crew training
Juha Ilvonen, Head of Sales-Marine Department, Marioff Corporation

10:00 -

Defining and developing human performance in cruise ship safety

  • The development of the USCG National Cruise Center of Expertise best practice
  • Collaboration with the cruise industry to develop skill based training
  • Vessel inspections and identification of system failures compared to human failures
GS13 Brad Schoenwald , Senior Marine Inspector, USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise
10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


There have been a number of high profile incidents involving fires on board cruise ships especially within machinery spaces. These incidents while isolated, have had a negative impact on the public perception of cruising and increase the risk of a major incident. Effective preventative measures and early detection these consequences can be mitigated. This segment will delve into the current and future measures being explored by the sector into prevention and detection of fire.

11:15 -

The increased use of video analytics to detect machinery space fire

  • The power-related hazards of machinery rooms
  • Research into the impact of video analytics in detecting a fire
  • Incorporating video systems into the decision making chain
Ryan Allain , Vice President Safety, Security and Environmental, MSC Cruises

11:45 -

Early detection and the benefits of a fast response by a water mist system

  • Maintaining automated systems against corrosion
  • Adapting firefighting technology to reflect the size and complexity of cruise vessels
  • Class society approved maritime management of major emergencies

12:15 -

Preventing the spread of a fire through immediate detection and suppression

  • The Carnival fleet and current fixed firefighting systems in use
  • Issues posed by the combination of hi-fog, sprinkler and CO2 systems throughout the ship
  • Improvements and new developments in fire detection and fixed response
Martina Gallus, Director – Deck and Safety Asset, Carnival Cruise Line

12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


Ineffective cyber protection may create as serious a risk to the safety of a ship as improper equipment maintenance or poorly trained response crew. As more of a ships functional capability is dependent on cyber technology the implications of these systems being compromised become greater. With the US Coast Guard establishing cyber risk management as a key area of policy development in the coming years this section will discuss the emergence of cyber as a threat to ship safety.

14:00 -

– Protection of critical safety components during safety system installation and update

  • Creating a resilience and response plan once a cyber failure has occurred
  • The increasing cyber component of fire detection and suppression systems and possible shortcomings
  • Protection of critical IT infrastructure and necessary system requirements
Chris Collins, Miami Cyber, FBI

International Maritime Rescue

14:30 -

The role of industry in ensuring the safety of a passenger vessel through cyber resilience

  • Protecting bridge operations/ and propulsion from potential cyber threats through security controls
  • Delivering a third party report on the range of potential vulnerabilities
  • Secure network design and allocation of ship systems to less vulnerable sections
15:00 -

Cyber risk management in the marine transportation system

  • A major component of operations risk management
  • Cyber risk management requires a multi-faceted approach, not just MTSA
  • Identifying cyber as not just a uniquely maritime threat
Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG
15:30 -
Afternoon Tea and Networking


With millions of cruise ship passengers travelling through less developed and more remote regions a contingency plan for mass evacuation and rescue is essential. Industry can assist by providing functional and practical equipment to both the cruise lines and SAR organisations. This section will analyse ways in which operators can prepare for a large scale incident.

16:45 -

Alternative lifeboat design and manufacturing a suitable vessel for a mass evacuation

  • Preventing davit failure and mitigation of deployment incidents
  • Saving space and incorporating the lifeboats into the overall ship design
  • Manufacturing a large capacity lifeboat with self-manoeuvring capability
Alfonso Longo, Vice President Marine Safety and QA, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

17:15 -

Increased safety through innovation in life saving appliances

  • Novel development and technological innovation to set new standards for safety at sea
  • The novel Viking LifeCraftTM system will change LSA arrangements and replace lifeboats
  • Viking Nadiro Drop-In-BallTM: Replacing conventional lifeboat hook systems and ensuring safe release
Niels Frande, Director of Passenger Division, Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S
Nicolai Wiese, Head of Sales, Viking Nadiro A/S

17:45 -

Mass rescue operations: The challenges of developing a SAR plan

  • The current situation: Dealing with large numbers of passengers in less developed regions
  • Tailoring a mass rescue plan from the ship response through to national level
  • The emergence of Arctic routes and the difficulty for SAR organizations in conducting a rescue
Tom Gorgol, Program Manager – Mass Rescue Operations, USCG
Paul M Culver MEP, Passenger Vessel Safety and Mass Rescue Operations Specialist, USCG Seventh District Office, Contingency, Preparedness and Exercises

18:15 -
Chairman's Summary
Captain Buddy Reams , Director of Prevention Operations – Seventh Coast Guard District (Retired), USCG Chief Maritime Officer, NACE International
18:20 -
Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room
08:00 -
Registration and Welcome Coffee
08:55 -
Chairman's opening remarks
Captain Buddy Reams , Director of Prevention Operations – Seventh Coast Guard District (Retired), USCG Chief Maritime Officer, NACE International


Once a fire has broken out it is essential that it is quickly extinguished. The cruise industry is reliant on well trained crew and excellent suppression systems to protect the critical components of a ships operability. This segment will discuss potential improvements for future incidents.

09:00 -

Automated suppression systems and their role in immediate response

  • The current use of water mist systems and speeding up the response to a fire
  • Benefits of training crew on one system throughout the ship
  • Preventing damage sustained to the sprinklers after extended use
Kevin Douglas, Vice President – Technical Projects – Newbuilding, Royal Caribbean Cruises

09:30 -

Shipboard firefighting: Leeson’s learned

  • Are your fire doctrines up to date? Best practice or copy and paste?
  • Competent crew matters through all ranks
  • Maritime emergency response team services
Harry Klootwijk, Senior Manager Maritime Business Development - Emergency Response Services,Falck Safety Services

10:00 -

The importance of effective port state control for maintaining regional ship standards

  • Preventing on board fire incidents through system inspections
  • Ensuring basic services are operational through back up power generators and facilities
  • Collaboration with the IMO and international partners and operators
Jodi Munn-Barrow, Secretary General, Caribbean MOU on Port State Control

10:30 -
Morning Coffee and Networking


As international pollution requirements become stricter the passenger ship industry has taken huge steps to reduce their environmental footprint. For the transition to alternative fuels like Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) there needs to be an industry wide discussion on how these fuels impact safety. This area will discuss the wide ranging effects of this transition and how any vulnerabilities can be eliminated.

11:15 -

The importance of practical firefighting training to combatting LNG based fires

  • Developing a suitable LNG firefighting programme for the cruise industry
  • Creating a LNG specialist centre for practical training within the academy
  • Collaboration with cruise operators and LNG specialists in furthering LNG fire response
Chief Sheldon Reed, Director – Fire Academy, Fire Academy of the South, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College

11:45 -

Overcoming the challenges of the ship to shore interface: LNG bunkering

  • Project management strategies include collaborative and inclusive partnerships
  • The importance of a robust safety management system: Simultaneous operations (SIMOPS)
  • Creating the critical elements to sustain a reliable service delivery system starts onshore
Robert S Butts, Manager – Fuels, Pivotal LNG

Florida State College

12:15 -

Preventing fuel leaks through successful containment structures and bunkering

  • Container materials and best location for alternative fuels to be stored
  • Preparing a port response plan for an LNG leak during bunkering
  • Using a quick closing valve to prevent collateral damage during a break in the fuel line
Scott Mercurio , Subject Matter Specialist for LNG, USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (NCOE)
12:45 -
Lunch and Networking


Ship that can deal with rigorous demands but still provide the latest amenities present marine architects and shipyards with a unique challenge. As ship operators and designers look to move beyond the SOLAS damage stability regulations this section will look at ways in which stability and ship design can impact on the overall safety of a vessel.

13:45 -

The emergence of mega–ships and their technical challenges

  • Forecasting the future of cruising: Ship orders and future initiatives
  • Creating a suitable safety management system for the eventuality of a large-scale incident
  • New routes: Planning for unfamiliar and less accessible routes using navigational guidance systems
Joep Bollerman, Operations Manager Passenger Ship Support Centre, Lloyd’s Register

14:15 -

Innovative materials for passive protection of passenger ships

  • Latest developments in research for structural fire protection
  • Combining high performance insulation with reduced flammability interiors
  • Enhanced passive protection: Impact on ship design and life cycle costs
Giorgio Lauro, Marine Segment Manager, Promat

14:45 -

Ship stability issues posed by the increase of facilities on board large cruise ships

  • Planning for the installation of leisure facilities through the ship design phase
  • Ensuring the equilibrium of a ship throughout tough conditions by effective design
  • Planning for the intake of water through compartmentalization and its effect on ship stability
15:15 -
Chairman's Summary and close of conference
Captain Buddy Reams , Director of Prevention Operations – Seventh Coast Guard District (Retired), USCG Chief Maritime Officer, NACE International