MAY/JUNE 2020 CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S COLUMN T
he Institution, its members and members of the international maritime community continue to respond to the challenges which the novel coronavirus, Covid-19,
still presents. Te Institution, its members and members of the international
maritime community continue to face personal and professional challenges as they respond to the current pandemic. Te Institution’s Headquarters remain closed until the easing of travel and social distancing allow conferences, courses and meetings to again be held. Te Institution’s staff continue to work from home, and it is to their credit that, with the exception of such events, business
continues as normal – or as close to normal as can be achieved. Membership applications continue to be processed, deadlines for the Institution’s publications continue to be achieved, and meetings continue to be held, thanks to the likes of Zoom, Skype and Microsoſt Teams, now household names!
An early challenge faced by the Institution was how to hold the 2020 Annual General Meeting
and Special General Meeting. In the event, more than 200 members attended the AGM and SGM by video conference. Te award of Medals and Prizes for papers published in the Transactions, the AGM and SGM Resolutions, the Treasurer’s Report to the Members, and the President’s Report are included in this issue of RINA Affairs.
As referred to earlier, a casualty of Covid-19 has been the Institution’s conferences, which have had
to be postponed until Headquarters reopens. However, this has served as a catalyst to bring forward the introduction of online conferences, to complement the traditional live conferences held in the Denny Room at Headquarters.
Te first online conference on EEDI was attended by more than 250 delegates and whilst not
replacing the networking opportunity of conferences at Headquarters, nonetheless was successful. Te presentations and Q&A sessions will be published on the Institution’s YouTube Channel in due course. Papers will also be available on Dropbox. Autonomous Ships will be the next online conference, 17-18 June, and like the EEDI Conference, registration is free – at the time of writing, more than 600 reservations had been received for the conference. I strongly recommend subscribing to the Institution’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.co
m/RoyalInstitutionofNavalArchitects which contains presentations from previous conferences, Branch meetings etc.
Te Institution will continue to respond the these and other challenges, as I am sure will members of the Institution.
IN THIS ISSUE Chief Executive’s Column
The Chief Executive gives an update on the impact of the Coronavirus on the Institution’s activities.
2020 AGM The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held remotely on 14 May. The results of voting on the Resolutions presented at the AGM are reported.
2020 Elections to Council The results of the 2020 elections to Council are reported.
2020 SGM The 2020 Special General Meeting was held remotely on 14 May. The results of voting on the Resolutions presented at the AGM are reported.
Technical Committee News Reports from the IMO Committee , Maritime Innovation Committee and Professional Affairs Committee.
Division and Branch News
Reports from the NSW Section of Australian Division.
Members and student awards The achievements of students in Canada are recognised by Institution awards.
The Conservation of Steam Boats The eBook The Conservation of Steam Boats by P G Wrobel FREng FRINA is available to members.
Video recordings of presentations at Conferences are now published regularly on the Institution’s YouTube Channel.
The Newsletter of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
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