24 - 26 September, 2019
Parador de Cádiz, Cadiz, Spain

Conference Day Two


8:50 am - 9:20 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17) at Spanish Navy

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Spanish Navy

9:30 am - 10:00 am OPERATION ATALANTA AND THE ONGOING ROLE OF OPVS IN PROJECTING SEA POWER OFF THE HORN OF AFRICA

·          EUNAVFOR Somalia mission updates: new challenges and strategy for achieving objectives
·          How OPVs have given EU forces the edge in counter-piracy operations
·          Approach to projecting sea power through the use of patrol vessels
Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell, Operation Commander at European Union Naval Forces Somalia

Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell

Operation Commander
European Union Naval Forces Somalia

9:30 am - 10:00 am BLACK SEA SECURITY AND HOW IT HAS AFFECTED ROMANIAN PRIORITIES FOR PROCURING MULTI-FUNCTION VESSELS

·          Romanian plans for increased Black Sea presence amid growing tensions and the priorities for its two new patrol vessels
·          Indigenous shipbuilding vs outsourcing: what are the positives and negatives?
·          Factoring sustainment into the procurement plans in order to reduce MRO timelines and retain fleet readiness
Vice Admiral Alexandru Mîrşu PhD, Chief of Naval Staff​​ at Romanian Naval Forces

Vice Admiral Alexandru Mîrşu PhD

Chief of Naval Staff​​
Romanian Naval Forces

10:30 am - 11:30 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:30 am - 12:00 pm OPTIMISING SHIPBUILDING PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION, TESTING AND DEPLOYMENT

·          Developments in modern shipbuilding to allow for faster planning, fabrication and assembly
·          Outfitting of modern OPVs that will allow for quicker transition between the construction and launch phases
·          Analysis into current shipbuilding process and the need for holistic improvements to speed up the process of design through to deployment
Admiral José Antonio Sierra Rodríguez, Director of Naval Construction at Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR)

Admiral José Antonio Sierra Rodríguez

Director of Naval Construction
Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR)

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm TECHNOLOGY ENABLED SOLUTIONS AND INNOVATIONS FOR GOVERNMENTAL APPLICATIONS

·          Digitalisation and innovation in the Maritime Space
·          Predictive maintenance systems
·          Highly integrated hybrid systems
·          A new approach to vessel power system management
Leif Gross, Global Segment Manager Governmental at Caterpillar Marine

Leif Gross

Global Segment Manager Governmental
Caterpillar Marine

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm STRONG, SECURE, ENGAGED – THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY IN THE ARCTIC AND BEYOND

·          Canada’s Defence Strategy in the Arctic
·          Design and roles of the Harry DeWolf Class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel
·          Implementation and integration with other government departments

Commander Michele Tessier, Commanding Officer, HMCS MARGARET BROOKE at Royal Canadian Navy

Commander Michele Tessier

Commanding Officer, HMCS MARGARET BROOKE
Royal Canadian Navy

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm NEW TRENDS: SHIPBUILDING / NAVY – SAVAL VALVES

·          New design of valves, weight reduction and transmission of data information by of the own valves.
·          Support to ILS
·          Digital Twin Objective
Alberto Cachaza Roca, System Engineer/Project Manager at Fernandez Jove Integral Supply

Alberto Cachaza Roca

System Engineer/Project Manager
Fernandez Jove Integral Supply

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm THE USE OF OPVS BY THE NORWEGIAN NAVY AT MAINTAING SEA POWER IN THE ARCTIC REGION

·          Efforts to manage increasing levels of activity in the Arctic region around Norway’s EEZ
·          Implications of Arctic weather on OPV requirements and sustainment
·          Capacity building and maintaining effective levels of readiness for operations around Norway
Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund, Chief of Operations at Royal Norwegian Navy

Rear Admiral Yngve Skoglund

Chief of Operations
Royal Norwegian Navy

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm LEVERAGING THE LATEST CAPABILITIES AND INTEGRATING THEM EFFECTIVELY

·          Patrol vessels within an increasingly complex maritime environment and how updated communication systems will form the basis for its ability to contribute to operations
·          Visualising a combined manned/unmanned force within OPV fleets to maximise cost effective situational awareness
·          Integrating C4ISR capabilities into OPVs to support and improve overall fleet domain awareness
Commander Volkrad Kaphengst, Senior Systems Engineer, Integrated Project Teams at Germany Navy

Commander Volkrad Kaphengst

Senior Systems Engineer, Integrated Project Teams
Germany Navy

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm GENERATING REQUIREMENTS FOR A MULTI-FUNCTION SURFACE PLATFORM

·          Jack of all trades, master of none – ensuring that that baseline capability is prioritised before specialised mission sets are considered
·          Defining a clearer distinction between OPVs and corvettes in order to improve balance of forces
·          The danger of overreliance on patrol vessels, its potential consequences and taking steps to avoid it 
Captain (N) Nuno Bulcão Sarmento, Head of the Plans and Policy Division at Portuguese Navy

Captain (N) Nuno Bulcão Sarmento

Head of the Plans and Policy Division
Portuguese Navy

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm SRI LANKA’S ONGOING OPV PROJECT

·          Deploying the advanced offshore patrol vessels to effectively enforce Sri Lanka’s EEZ
·          Supporting a far reaching surveillance and rapid response function for an extended area of operations
·          Integrating updated capability with the existing surface fleet in order to overcome limits to interoperability
Rear Admiral Sujeewa Perera, Commandant, Volunteer Naval Force at Sri Lanka Navy

Rear Admiral Sujeewa Perera

Commandant, Volunteer Naval Force
Sri Lanka Navy

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm RENEWING THE AGING US COAST GUARD CUTTER FLEET WITH NEW PLATFORMS AND A FRESH APPROACH

·          Planned procurement quantities and specifications for National Security Cutters, Offshore Patrol Cutters and Fast Response Cutters
·          Improving procurement rates through more efficient contracting and allocation of funds
·          The role of OPCs within the wider USCG fleet and consequent requirements
Captain (N) Mike Davanzo, Chief, Office of Cutter Forces at US Coast Guard

Captain (N) Mike Davanzo

Chief, Office of Cutter Forces
US Coast Guard

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm CHAIRMAN'S CLOSING REMARKS AND CLOSE OF DAY TWO

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero, Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17) at Spanish Navy

Vice Admiral (Res) Javier Romero

Commander, Ferrol Naval Base (2015-17)
Spanish Navy