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Solent Branch News - January 2013

After a busy Autumn the Solent Branch can look forward to an even busier six months at a variety of locations with events covering a wide range of top

When putting together Solent Branch programme, we seek to keep in mind the RIN's logo of "Science Technology Practice" with activities which embrace navigation on land, in space, at sea and in the air.

September opened with science, when on board the historic vessel SS Shieldhall, a full house learned about about thermal vents in the deep waters of Antarctica. For October, in a presentation at the Warsash Maritime Academy, we kept to the Antarctic theme to hear about the Joint Services expedition which carried out research in "The Spirit of Captain Scott" .

By way of a complete contrast at Hornet Sailing Club in November , the ever intrepid Dag Pike told us about the the technology and practice of breaking maritime trans-Atlantic records. We shall return to HSC in February to hear about the conversion of the cruise ship UGANDA to that of a hospital ship and her work in the Falklands war.

Taking the RIN to the public is also part of our role.. As well helping the RIN Small Craft SIG at the Southampton Boat Show, we take part in two exhibitions a year for young people. The most recent called "Skillfest" was held at the Southampton Cruise terminal and attracted over 2000 youngsters and their teachers. The purpose of our stand was to demonstrate new technology being applied to navigation at sea, on land and in the air by the use chart plotters and the like. Transas Ltd very generously provided a bridge simulator which kept us very busy indeed. We will be taking part in a smaller but similar event at Southampton University in March, any member with fresh ideas of a display or activity to include is asked to contact the Branch Secretary on

With in the order of eleven events in the first six months of 2013, there should be something to interest most members. Details of these can be found in on the "events" section of the RIN website and those for the first quarter are shown in "Compass Points" section of Navigation News. The topics are wide ranging and include :-

The highlight must be the NAV- Maritime conference being run by the RIN HQ team at Southampton Solent University on 21st Feb 2013 for "all professionals in the maritime world". Its three sessions will cover ECDIS, INS and unmanned vessels. On line booking is now available on the RIN website.

Coordinated by the Solent Branch we will have:-

A January visit to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd . (Visits are always popular and this was sold out weeks ago.)

Two meetings at yacht clubs, in February at Hornet Sailing Club to hear about the work of the hospital ship UGANDA during the Falklands war. In March, at the Royal Lymington YC, the subject is a fresh look at the loss of Titanic as seen through the eyes of the former Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents, John Lang.

Another maritime history topic is a February meeting to learn about the salvaging of the German High Seas Fleet after it had been scuttled at Scapa Flow at the end of WW1 - this meeting will take place at Portsmouth University.

The history of air navigation has not been overlooked with two meeting, one at NATs in February and the other in May at Tangmere.

New ships for the Royal Navy also figure in our programme, with a January meeting about trials of new Astute Class of submarine. At our AGM in April, the topic will be the plans for the RN's new multi-role combat vessel.

Returning to the topic of visits, an opportunity not to be missed is one in April being hosted by ImarEst and RINA at "QinectiQ" in Gosport. This will include a visit to the manoeuvring basin followed by a talk about ship stability in heavy weather.

  • 08 December 2012
  • Solent Branch

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