BMEEA AGM 18th October 2017 at Novotel, Southampton

The 2017 British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association Conference is due to take place on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at the Novotel, West Quay, Southampton. This exciting event provides an opportunity for all sectors of the marine industry to get together not only to discuss topics of mutual interest but also to create and build beneficial business relationships as well as stimulating interest from apprentices, in career opportunities in the leisure marine service industry.

Introduced by Derek Gilbert, BMEEA Chairman

The Conference will include a number of presentations by distinguished speakers. Topics covered will include presentations by:

Steve Spitzer, Technical Director of NMEA who will make a return visit to our conference and update on latest interfacing issues including ONENET, Dr Dennis Doerffel from REAP systems, on Lithium battery management, Justine Heeley from McMurdo presenting an overview of MEOSAR, Matthew Leat from MCA will present the role of Technology in modern SAR.  We will also present opportunities for Youth and apprenticeships within our industry, including the importance and value of such schemes to our businesses, as well as changes happening within BM and BMEEA and how BMEEA can best support our members needs in the future.

During the day, we will also be running a competition specifically for apprentices, aimed directly at apprentices and delegates from colleges or boat-builders for up to 10 teams of 2 people each.  The task will be to design, build and demonstrate a simple electrical installation (using low voltage dc) – these will be judged on best practice, quality, layout and effectiveness – the specific task to be announced on the day!  A decision will be taken as to the best team of two, who will be invited to stay on for the annual dinner. A trophy awarded to the winning team.

Plenty of time will also be available during the day for networking sessions with colleagues from all parts of our industry.

The afternoon will finish with our brief AGM to which all members are welcome


After a full day of conferencing and the Annual General Meeting, there will be the Annual Dinner which will see Five major awards announced:

  • BMEEA Waterside Dealer of the Year Award sponsored by Garmin UK Ltd
  • BMEEA Product of the Year Award sponsored by Boating Business
  • BMEEA Newly Certificated Electronic Technician of the Year Award sponsored by Raymarine UK ltd.
  • BMEEA Newly Certificated Electrical Technician of the Year Award sponsored by Fischer Panda
  • BMEEA apprentice Competition Award

After dinner we will be entertained by a very charismatic speaker – more details to be announced nearer the time – but believe me – not to be missed!

Don’t miss it . . . !

Derek Gilbert, BMEEA Chairman said, ’Our customers will again have the opportunity to choose the ‘Industry’s Dealer’ and ‘Product of the Year’ by simply voting over a 2 month period on our website from the beginning of September. The ‘BMEEA Newly Certificated Technician of the Year Awards’ will be chosen from a shortlist of newly certificated engineers across the industry from both Electrical and Electronic backgrounds.

The day should be full of interest with the return of the previously successful apprentice competition.

The Conference is open to all in the marine industry – and is free for up to 2 delegates from BMEEA member companies; additional delegates, and non-BMEEA members will be chargeable – details to follow – to include entrance to all the presentations, coffee and lunch.

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Apprentices Competition

The BMEEA (British Marine Electrical and Electronics Association) is providing an open invitation for apprentices and members of other trade associations to visit the exhibition area of its popular annual conference.

The apprentices from Sunseeker won again in 2015.  Can you win this year?

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Exhibition Space

The exhibition area has a number of leading companies showcasing the very latest marine electronic and electrical equipment as well as services and new technology.

It allows an excellent opportunity to network  and to spend time with industry leading experts discussing opportunities, products or support.

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BMEEA Dealer of the Year Award sponsored by Garmin (Europe) Ltd

Voting will open in September 2016.

The Winner will be announced at the BMEEA 2016 Conference.

BMEEA Product of the Year Award sponsored by Boating Business

Submissions will open for Product of the Year 2016 in July.

The Winner will be announced at the BMEEA 2016 Conference.

Where is it?

Novotel Southampton
1 W Quay Rd,
SO15 1RA

Room reservations
023 8107 2800