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Conference Chair Invitation

Invitation to OMAE 2019 from the Conference Chair

I am very pleased to extend an invitation to you to join the 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE) in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, June, 9th – 14, 2019.

Glasgow is the hub of the UK’s shipbuilding industry

The offshore oil and gas industry in the UK has grown and evolved for about 60 years and last year capital investment in the industry was £5.6 billion. The industry also spent £7 billion operating its assets. Over 300,000 jobs in the UK continue to be supported by oil and gas production and the oil and gas industry services domestics activities and exports £12 billion of goods and services to other offshore oil and gas basins around the world. Oil and gas provide more than 75 per cent of the UK’s total primary energy and the UK Continental Shelf provides more than half of the UK’s oil and gas demand.

The UK has the largest installation programme for offshore wind turbines and marine renewable energy devices, with many of the largest offshore renewable companies located in around Glasgow. The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre funded by the UK Government is based in the Strathclyde University Campus in Glasgow.

All the major classification societies have branches in Glasgow, and many marine and offshore engineering consultancy companies also have offices in Glasgow. Glasgow houses the second highest number of ship management companies after London, and has the largest shipyard in the UK, BAE Systems. Babcock has the UK’s largest engineering dockyard facilities in Rosyth, only 45 minutes from Glasgow. A large number of modules of the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy are built in two of BAE Systems shipyards in Glasgow and are assembled in Babcock in Rosyth. In summary Glasgow remains the hub of the UK’s shipbuilding industry.

Glasgow is one of the world’s top ten must see cities

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and reformist architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Glasgow is named one of the world’s top ten must see cities in 2014 by various publications including Rough Guide, Fodors, The Guardian, Telegraph and Wanderlust. Glasgow was voted ‘Friendliest City in the World’ in Rough Guide 2014. There are over 20 museums and galleries in Glasgow and Glasgow is home to Scottish Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet. There are over 90 parks and several golf courses in Glasgow.

Your host – Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Glasgow

The OMAE’2019 will be hosted by the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at the University of Glasgow which is one of the premier providers of teaching and research in marine technology. The Department which is one of the oldest Naval Architecture departments in the world established in 1883 has strong links with the maritime and offshore industry in the UK and worldwide involving in research, education and knowledge exchange activities related to marine and offshore hydrodynamics, ship stability and safety, marine and offshore structures, offshore engineering, marine and offshore structures, marine renewable energy, marine engineering and emerging technologies.

The conference programme includes visits to BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow, the Falkirk Wheel and a Wind Farm.

I am very much looking forward you welcoming you to OMAE 2019 in Glasgow. 

Professor Atilla Incecik
Conference Chair, OMAE 2019
Professor of Offshore Engineering
Associate Principal and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering
University of Strathclyde, UK