6:00pm - 7:30pm


Manor House, Howberry Park, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BA United Kingdom


Free to attend

Event description

This CIWEM Central Southern branch evening meeting will comprise an introductory talk from Dr Mark McBride followed by a visit to the UK Ship Simulation Centre at HR Wallingford.

This will provide a rare opportunity to see this facility in action and you may even get the chance to briefly feel what it is like to be the captain of a super tanker or tug.

The Ship Simulation Centre houses four full bridge, real time ship and tug manoeuvring simulators that are specifically configured for port design and ship operations applications.

They have been used successfully in over 500 studies world-wide in the last 15 years alone, and have proved to be reliable, flexible and cost-effective design and evaluation tools. They are routinely used for optimising approach channel and port/terminal manoeuvring area layouts, establishing safe operational limits and their corresponding strategies, and in training of safe manoeuvring procedures.

The two independent tug simulators can be incorporated into the same simulated environment as either (or both) of the two main ship simulators. This enables tug operations to be fully evaluated, where necessary, and enables tug masters to participate in the simulation studies/training sessions.

This free event is open to CIWEM members and non-members.

Doors open at 5:30pm with plenty of opportunities for networking before the talk starts at 6:00pm.

About the Speaker

Dr Mark McBride Manager of Ships Group at HR Wallingford

Mark has over 30 years’ experience in port and maritime design related work. He is responsible for all studies relating to ship motion and offshore applications, including vessel manoeuvring (which often use HR Wallingford’s Ship Navigation Simulators), ship mooring and port/terminal operations.

He has a degree in naval architecture and a doctorate in port operations’ simulation, and has managed a wide range of ship and offshore related projects, including many multidisciplinary projects. He was the Chairman of the PIANC Working Group (WG121) developing guidelines for approach channel design, is Chairman of WG186 developing guidelines for mooring large ships at quay walls and has been a member of several other PIANC groups. He is also on the committee revising British Standard 6349 on “Maritime Structures” and has been a member of SIGTTO Working Groups, including one developing guidelines for Floating LNG Terminals. In addition, he is the author of many technical papers on ship navigation and mooring.

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Booking information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

There is limited capacity at this event. Bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM' using the above booking link and are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Should you be unable to attend the event after booking on, please cancel to allow other delegates to take the place.

Please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org if you have any difficulties with booking a place or would like to cancel your attendance.

If you have any queries about the talk, please contact Andy Tagg at a.tagg@hrwallingford.com.

Travelling to the venue

As part of CIWEM’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most sustainable means of transport possible.

For those travelling by train, the nearest railway station to Wallingford is Chosley, served by Great Western trains.The 136 bus from Papist Way runs a regular service to the entrance of Howberry Park.

The X38, X39, X40 and NX40 bus services go to Wallingford from Oxford, Henley-on-Thames and Reading.

If you do come by car, please do consider sharing your journey with others.

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