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Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference

26 September, 2017 - 28 September, 2017, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Given the highly diverse nature of an OPV's mission, one of the major challenges faced by today's buyer is translating specific operational requirements into designs that will enable the success of these missions.

At the world's most established OPV conference, senior naval commanders, acquisition staff and operators will discuss their requirements for an OPV and the resulting decisions that are made to help support the demands of their respective Government department, Navy or Coast Guard.

Chaired by Vice Admiral (rtd) Matthieu Borsboom, Former Commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, the 2017 conference will deliver the most in-depth agenda to date by breaking down the OPV and it's technologies into streams and discussion areas that will analyse future capability across engine performance, combat systems, communications systems and acquisition management. The sessions will be led by the capability developers, end users and acquisition staffers tasked with bringing the vessels into service, and with delivering capability.

Beyond these discussion areas focusing on the application of technology on operations; this year's programme will also explore how improvements can be made to network capability and interoperability in order improve intelligence-led decision-making; the increase in operational envelope delivered through airborne platforms and discuss the benefits of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft; and ensuring the extension of the lifecycle of an OPV by correctly investing in maintenance.

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

We invite you to engage with leading industry at the only world class event of this type to consistently provide access to supply chain opportunities and new customers.

Don't miss 2017's site visit!

The planned site visit for 2017 will take place on board a Royal Netherlands Navy Holland Class OPV on 26 September, where the operator and developer will demonstrate the vessel's operational performance so far. Please enquire for more information.

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.

''The event is very interesting and ther information given is very useful for my job, the whole of the event team were excellent and very professional''
Ship Design Director, Mexican Navy

''The event provided me with valuable insights into the wide range of topics that were discussed''
Rear Admiral (Ret.), Italian Navy

''Very well organised''
Commander, Italian Navy MoD


SS Rotterdam
Phone: +31 10 297 3090

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee; however we have put together a HotelMap that displays discounted accommodation for hotels in the area near to Offshore Patrol Vessels 2017. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel:

Please note: We will never recommend, approve or appoint any third party rooming service to act on our behalf. Please be extremely wary if you are approached by any such companies. We will always endeavour to negotiate the best available rates for you so please use the HotelMap link provided; this shows live availability and rates for all hotels in the area and allows you to book directly with the hotel of your choice within your budget.Holland Class Vessel Site Visit:  26th September 2017

Main Conference
:  27th – 28th September 2017

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2017 Chairman

  • Vice Admiral (rtd) Matthieu Borsboom, Former Commander of the Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy

2017 Confirmed Speakers

  • Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, Chief of Navy Staff, Senegalese Navy
  • Rear Admiral Pasquale de Candia, Head of Ship Design & Combat Systems Department, Italian Navy General Staff
  • Commodore Peter Knipping, Director of Material Maintenance, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Commodore Seth Amoama, Chief Staff Officer, Naval Headquarters, Ghanaian Navy
  • Captain Walter Hansen, Program Manager DOKM Transition CZSK & Project Officer Coast Guard, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Captain Victor Guidea, Director of the Major States of the Naval Forces, Romanian Naval Staff
  • Captain Charles Bamele, Operational Coordination Director, Permanent Secretariat of the Inter-ministerial Committee for State Action at Sea, Côte d’Ivoire Navy
  • Captain Corrado Campana, Director of Transformation, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre
  • Captain Lopez Ramos, Mexican Navy
  • Commander Jarle Vika, Director of Staff Norwegian Navy, Norweigan Navy
  • Commander Ian Adam, Royal Naval Advisor, Department for International Trade
  • Commander Cipriano Pereira, Programme Section, Logistics Division, Spanish Navy
  • Commander António F. Rodrigues Mateus, Technical Director, Arsenal do Alfeite, S.A.
  • Commander Atonfack Guemo Cyrille, Technical Adviser For The Ministry Of Defense Maritime Security Expert, Cameroonian Navy
  • Police Commissioner Gabriel Cerchez, Second Officer in Command, OPV MAI 0201, Romanian Border Police
  • Piet van Rooij, Manager Design & Proposal, Defense and Security Department, Damen Shipyards Group
  • Georgios Vourekas, Head of Sea Border Sector, FRONTEX
  • Viktor Nugter, Engineering Officer, Royal Netherlands Navy
  • Simon Riddle, General Manager Marine Solutions / Navy & Water Jets, Wärtsilä
  • Neil Vaughan, Governmental Segment Manager, Caterpillar Marine
  • David Forster, Senior Manager Navy Programs, General Dynamics Missions Systems


Event details

Defence IQ
26 September, 2017
28 September, 2017
SS Rotterdam


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