The British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association has recently held yet another successful Conference at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton.

Steve Spitzer, NMEA Technical Director

The Chairman Tim Morgan opened the Conference by welcoming the speakers and special guests that included Fiona Pankhurst, President of the BMF and Steve Spitzer technical Director at the NMEA. He also thanked the  Event Sponsors especially  Johannes Boonstra of Victron Energy bv as Headline Sponsor of this year’s event.

The delegates were treated to a wide range of subject matter during the day including a presentation by Steve Spitzer on the updates to training qualifications, MEI, AMEI, and CMET. Robert Cranstone of the MAIB gave a presentation entitled ’Prevention is the Cure’, followed by a talk explaining Fuel Cells  and their power capabilities, given by Tom Sperrey of Fuel Cell Systems Ltd. Finally for the morning session,  Chris Smith, Senior Enforcement Officer with the National measurement Office provided an update of the RoHS regulations and their effect in the marine market.

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The afternoon session featured Simon Murfitt from Thomas Cooper Law, with an insight into the importance of keeping your Terms and Conditions up to date; Steve Spitzer gave a second presentation on NMEA2000 and the new ‘OneNet’ interfacing protocol and the final presentation of the day was provided by Clive Penny of Core Connections who chatted about the Boat Safety Scheme, the inspectors, their limitations and the BSS Update.

Running during the Afternoon was an apprentice’s competition in which three teams took part, two from City College Southampton  and one from the Bournemouth and Poole College. The eventual close winners were Alexander Spencer and George Woollis, both apprentices training at the Bournemouth & Poole College but employed by Sunseeker International Ltd. Picture 24.jpg shows left Paul Holland who organised the competition, George Woollis and Alexander Spencer entered by the Bournemouth and Poole College and who are employed by Sunseeker International Ltd and on the right, Tim Morgan, BMEEA Chairman. Tim commented that he was delighted that the apprentices attended the Conference and took part in their competition and hoped that more teams could be encouraged to attend next years event.

Competition Winners

In addition, three other awards were presented: the ‘Product of the Year’, sponsored by Boating Business went to BluefinLED for their Colour Change Dock Light. The two directors, Chris Harris-Marsh (left) and Simon Steadman (right) were presented the trophy from Peter Nash, BB.

The ‘Dealer of the Year’ , sponsored by Garmin Europe Ltd went to Landau UK Ltd presented by Nigel Craine of Garmin (left) to Benjamin Metcalfe of Landau (right).

Finally, the ‘Newly Certificated Engineer of the Year’ went to David Matthias of J D Boats Gailey Ltd. Presented by Derek Gilbert, of Raymarine who sponsor this award on the left and Tim Morgan, BMEEA Chairman on the right.

Product of the Year 2014 Winner BluefinLED for their Colour Change Dock Light

Product of the Year 2014 Winner
BluefinLED for their Colour Change Dock Light

The Directors of BluefinLED with Peter Nash, Editor of Boating Business

The Directors of BluefinLED with Peter Nash, Editor of Boating Business

Dealer of the Year 2014 - Ben Metcalfe of Landuau Nigal Craine (Garmin) presenting

Dealer of the Year 2014 – Ben Metcalfe of Landuau
Nigal Craine (Garmin) presenting

Newly Certificated Engineer of the Year, David Matthias of J D Boats Gailey Ltd, Derek Gilbert (Raymarine Left), Tim Morgan (BMEEA Chairman) Right

Newly Certificated Engineer of the Year, David Matthias of J D Boats Gailey Ltd, Derek Gilbert (Raymarine Left), Tim Morgan (BMEEA Chairman) Right

BMEEA Conference 2014 Gallery