International Offshore Patrol Vessels conference 2016: enabling cost-effective maritime security

This proven annual event attracts senior navy and coast guard chiefs from around the world to discuss with each other and industry leaders the challenges of maritime policing: countering illicit flows including migration, piracy, SAR, pollution monitoring, fishery protection and EEZ patrol. Through assessing platforms and auxiliary technologies, delegates benefit from a clear understanding of the technologies on offer and the best path to balancing capability and affordability to help deliver optimum mission effectiveness tailored to unique national requirements.

Military and Industry working hand-in-hand to define a path towards cost-effective maritime security.

The forum benefits from our international experience and series of regional-specific satellite events to bring together the most relevant and thought-provoking conference agenda to date - with OPV operators and industry stakeholders taking part from the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

To celebrate the conference's 11th anniversary year we’re going to Glasgow – the home of some of the Royal Navy's most illustrious vessels, including their new Queen Elizabeth-Class Aircraft Carriers and, of course, the River Class OPV. We are delighted to announce that our lead sponsor, BAE, will be conducting exclusive tours of their world-class shipyards for our guests, along with a visit to HMS Forth, the Royal Navy's latest River-Class OPV.

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In summary, International Offshore Patrol Vessels conference will offer you the opportunity to:

Network with the largest and most diverse global gathering of the OPV community in the world.

Gain technical insight and understanding into the latest designs with presentations from public and private sector shipyards.

Benefit from strategic analysis of current maritime security concerns delivered by Admirals and Commander from navies and coast guards.

Share lessons learnt from a vast array of mission sets, ranging from law enforcement to environmental protection, gain insight into adapting OPV design to emerging missions.

Explore the latest technological developments in modularity, systems arrangement, propulsion and ship-based unmanned systems.

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Site Vessel Tour

A day of exclusive tours of the Royal Navy’s newest Batch-2 River Class Patrol Boat, and of BAE’s world-class ship-building facilities. This is a unique opportunity to see one of the UK’s latest modular Patrol Vessels both in construction at BAE’s shipyard, and a completed serving vessel. Learn more about its design features, capabilities and performance and how these might be applied to your own OPV upgrade plans, construction and operations

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History of the Event


To celebrate our 10th anniversary, I had a look back and picked out 2 speaker highlights from each event to demonstrate the variety and seniority of participation in this now established forum. Here is a little summary:

Inaugural Offshore Patrol Vessel Conference; London, UK, 28th-29th September 2006

  • Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman, Corvette Project Director, South African Navy
  • Captain James Robinson, Officer Commanding, Naval Operations, Irish Naval Service

2nd Annual Event; The Netherlands, 26th-28th September 2007

  • Rear Admiral Victor Guillory, Director of Surface Warfare, US Navy
  • Rear Admiral Robert Love OBE, CVF Team Leader, Royal Navy

3nd Annual Event; Genoa, Italy, 29th September – 1st October 2008

  • Vice Admiral Franco Paoli, Commander-in-Chief Tyrrhenian Sea Department, Italian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Cristián Gantes Young, General Director of Logistics, Chilean Navy

4th Annual Event; Lorient, France, 28th-30th September 2009

  • Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan bin Kurish, Director General, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
  • Vice Admiral Anne-François de Saint Salvy, Commander Atlantic Fleet, French Navy

5th Annual Event; Cadiz, Spain, 27th-30th September 2010

  • Admiral General Manuel Rebollo García, Admiral Chief of Naval Staff, Spanish Navy
  • Admiral Moises Gomez, Under Secretary of the Navy for Management, Mexican Navy

6th Annual Event; Hamburg, Germany, 20th-22th September 2011

  • Vice Admiral O. S Ibrahim, Chief Of Staff, Nigerian Navy
  • Vice Admiral Roberto Garcia Márquez, Planning Chief, Colombian Navy

7th Annual Event; The Netherlands, 25th-27th September 2012

  • Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, Commander, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Vice Admiral Jorge Gross, Commander in Chief, Ecuadorian Navy

8th Annual Event; Saint-Cyr sur Mer, France, 15th – 17th October 2013

  • Admiral Benoît Courau, Chief of the Maritime Operational Centre, French Coast Guard
  • Staff General Adel Omran Mahmoud Mohamed Hariedy, Egyptian Navy

9th Annual Event; Dublin, Ireland, 30th September - 2nd October 2014

  • Minister Simon Coveney, Minister for Defence, Republic of Ireland
  • Commodore Tariq Khalid Al-Obaidli, Director of Education and Training, Qatar Emiri Navy

10th Annual Event, Rome, Italy, 29th September -1st October 2015

  • Rear Admiral Antonio Natale, Head of VII Dept., Ships Design & Combat System, Italian Navy General Staff
  • Admiral José A. Sierra Rodríguez, Director General of Naval, Construction, Mexican Secretariat of the Navy

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