The organisers of the Quaynote Superyacht Conference & Networking Events have announced the venue as well as the line-up of speakers for the three day program. The event will run concurrently with the 2015 Palma Superyacht Show, which is set to open its doors in the lovely Mallorca yacht charter location on April 30.
The conferences will take place at the modern and well appointed meeting facility in the Melia Palace Atenea Hotel, which overlooks the Port of Palma from its central location on the Paseo Maritimo seafront promenade, just a short distance from the Palma Superyacht Show, and the STP Refit Yard.
Overseas delegates attending the conferences will be well looked after at the hotel, which was fully refurbished in 2014. The Melia Palace Atenea offers 361 rooms, many with sea views, and a number of restaurants and bars, a spa, and two swimming pools.
On 30th April – Day 1 of the Yacht Show, The Future of Refit & Repair will discuss:
* Contractual / Commercial Issues; * Project Management / The Keys to Quality; * Interior Design and Futuristic Materials; * Coatings Application for Refit Projects.
After a welcome speech from Antonio Duedero, Director General of Balearic Ports and Airports on behalf of the local government, the keynote presentation will be delivered by Stefano Pagani, Chairman of the ICOMIA Superyacht Working Group. Stefano, who is head of the UCINA (Italian Marine Association) Research Department, will share statistical information on the current and future state of the refit and repair market, as a topical precursor to the day’s technical agenda.
The format for each subject on the agenda is intended be interactive and engaging for all the delegates. A session moderator from the industry with peak knowledge of the key issues will set the tone for the discussions, and a technical panel consisting of up to four members, also with their own specialities in the field, will interact with each other, and with comments and questions from the floor.
Confirmed speakers and panel members include: Marnix Hoekstra, Managing Director – Vripack Naval Architects; Ken Hickling, Global Brand Manager – Akzo Nobel / President of International Superyacht society; Diego Colon, Director General – Astilleros de Mallorca; Tristan Rowe, Yacht Support Manager – Pendennis Shipyard; Leon Von Ondarza – Maritime Lawyer; Jens Ploch, Sales Director – Pantaenius Yacht Insurance; Nico Roper, Managing Director – Atlas Paint Consultants, Jotun Paints Technical Management Representative.
Mark Beavis, Managing Director of UK based Aco Marine, will outline the important forthcoming legislative changes affecting performance and operation of onboard wastewater treatment plants installed on superyachts.
After a number of organised Champagne-Round-Table discussions on relevant current topics, there will be an evening cocktail reception sponsored by Jotun Paints Iberia.
On 1st May, the second day’s agenda will switch to The Future for Captains and Crew covering subjects such as: * Crew Personal Finances; * Changing STCW Requirements; * Implications of MLC for Crew Training and Duty of Care; * Chartering Destinations and Regulations.
Confirmed speakers include: Paul Miller, Director of Underwriting – R&Q Marine; John Wyborn, Training Director – Bluewater Yachting; Lars Lippuner, Business Development Manager – Warsash Superyacht Academy; Ken Hickling, President – International Superyacht Society; Melanie Langley, Senior Crew Benefits Advisor – Moore Stephens.
Early May in Mallorca, with perfect sunny weather, is a great time to relax and mix informally with like minded business colleagues on one of the island’s excellent golf courses. So on Saturday May 2nd the Quaynote Superyacht Event Program concludes with a Golf & Networking Day at the well known Santa Ponsa 1 Championship Golf Course, close to the Port Adriano Superyacht Marina, and just 20 minutes away from Palma.
Entry to the friendly but competitive tournament will be initially limited to golfers who have registered for either, or both of the conferences by January 31st 2015. There will be an 18 Hole Stableford Competition with individual scoring. Max handicaps for entry – 24 for men, 36 for women. Golf shoes, appropriate attire and set of clubs per person is mandatory.
Prizes will be awarded at a cocktail reception in the afternoon for 1st, 2nd, 3rd best scores, (Highest Stableford Points) Longest drive and nearest the pin.
The Golf Director / Referee will be local PGA Qualified Professional Golfer, Peter Ledwidge. And for those who would like to enjoy the company, the atmosphere and the networking, but who are not regular golfers, there is a possibility to organise a ‘beginners golf clinic’ at the same course, with loan clubs provided for tuition purposes.
Media Partners for the Quaynote Palma Superyacht Event Program are Superyacht Business Magazine and The Islander.