Speakers named for superyacht conference

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Twenty-four industry professionals are scheduled to speak Dec. 11-12 at the International Superyacht Coatings Conference.

Organized in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations and the Superyacht Builders Association, the conference will be held in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center. The event specializes in superyacht coating processes and related rules and legislation.

The keynote speaker will be Tom de Vries, managing director of De Vries Groep (Feadship), who is also chairman of the SYBAss Coatings Working Group.

Franc Jansen, director at Hill Robinson Yacht Management, will speak on measuring the quality of coatings; Joop Ellenbroek, managing director of Ellenbroek Coating Solutions, will cover three main topics: inspection and assessment qualifications, surface preparations and coating system maintenance.

One of the key themes of the conference will be a focus on the tools developed and how to ensure they are adopted in the right way to drive quality and ensure success. The event will also be an opportunity to examine remaining or new issues in regard to coatings.

Alberto Amico, managing director of Amico & Co., will examine the role of ISO standards and ICOMIA guidelines. “It is clear that the superyacht industry needed to develop proper tools for coating evaluation,” he said in a statement. “Without that, there is a high risk of seeing never-ending disputes on the standard of a yacht coating, with subjective opinions and judgments on coating appearance often used in improper ways.”

Ken Hickling, global superyacht business development manager at AkzoNobel, will speak on the coatings aspects of yacht management, with an emphasis on contracting and delivery.

“Achieving an alignment between what the owner and operator wants from a painting project, and what the project team are planning to deliver, is an activity that cannot be added in later,” he said.

“It is fundamental to ensuring success. All parties have a role to play in early collaboration in order to achieve a common vision. The outcome always pays dividends in the longer term so the issue is how to make this happen more often.”

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