Offshore Patrol Vessels International Conference

Cadiz, Spain

Defining a future role for the OPV

The International Offshore Patrol Vessel conference will be hosted by the Spanish Navy in 2019.

With the EU NAVFOR Headquarters moving from the UK to Rota Naval Base in Cadiz Spain, the conference will provide a timely opportunity to engage with senior officers involved in this mission as well as see the expertise of the conference's industrial partner, Cluster Maritimo Naval Cadiz. In advancing these discussions, the 2019 edition will acknowledge an increasingly complex maritime security environment; an environment which demands an updated assessment of the role of the OPV platform itself. Indeed, the need to understand the potential roles across the spectrum of conflict is growing in such a complex environment - should for instance the OPV concept include adaptability and readiness to contribute to a high-intensity conflict scenario? Engaging in debate about where this type of platform sits within the broader constabulary and battle fleet is critical, if such concepts are to sustain their relevance and deliver robust capabilities for the future.

Offshore Patrol Vessels 2018 was the most international year in the event's history. Representatives from over 25 nations attended, including Canada, Ghana, the USA, Malaysia, Oman, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Portugal, this is your only opportunity to address the challenges facing the global OPV community, as they seek to define a future role for this critical maritime security platform.

Join us in September 2019 as we work to maximise situational awareness, upgrade inherent baseline capability and deliver a continuous patrol function for the OPV.

Attend Offshore Patrol Vessels for your opportunity to:

  • Define a blueprint for future builds which will maximise deployability, survivability and endurance for OPV operations in the complex environment
  • Enable future deployed operations by better integrating and leveraging the advanced situational awareness and C2 capabilities of the OPV
  • Execute multiple mission sets by integrating modularity and adaptability from the design phase - without compromising on baseline capability
  • Approach continuous vessel operation and minimise downtime by implementing predictive approaches to sustainment, maintenance and support
  • Network the OPV with unmanned and manned airborne assets to increase the platform's ability to patrol beyond line of sight

"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

"Very interesting, especially the parts on maritime security operations. It was a good opportunity to know the best defence companies."
Captain, Italian Navy

"Great event, very well organised, very precise and very productive"
Vice President, ST Engineering

2018 Chairman

  • Rear Admiral (Retd.) Bruce Williams (RN), Conference Chair, Offshore Patrol Vessels International 2018

2018 Speakers:

  • Vice Admiral Ketil Olsen, Norwegian Military Representative, NATO
  • Vice Admiral Javier Diaz Reina, President, COTECMAR, Colombian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Nick Hine, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy), Royal Navy
  • Rear Admiral SS Garba, Flag Officer Commanding Central Naval Command, Nigerian Navy
  • Rear Admiral Ruwan Perera, Area Commander South Eastern Naval Command, Sri Lanka Navy
  • Rear Admiral Zaka Ur Rehman, Director General, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (Tentative)
  • Commodore Mohammed Mahbub-Ul-Islam, Commanding Officer, Naval Training Base BNS Shaheed Moazzem, Bangladesh Navy
  • Captain Mark Davanzo, Incoming Chief, Office of Cutter Forces, U.S. Coast Guard HQ
  • Captain Mahadzir bin Mokhtar, Chief of Operations and Development for RMN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Project Team, Royal Malaysian Navy
  • Captain Mohammed Bin Hamood Al Zedjali, Director of Operations, Royal Navy of Oman
  • Captain Maritime Che Engku Suhaimi bin Che Engku Daik, Commanding Officer KM PEKAN OPV, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
  • Captain Chin Fong, Inspector General, Jamaica Defence Force
  • Captain Lars Schuemann, Branch Chief Concept Development, Concept & Capability Directorate, EUMS
  • Colonel Pascal Cheylan, Maritime Security Policy, Secretariat De La Mer
  • Commander Jorge Morais Chumbo, Plans and Policy Division, Portuguese Navy
  • Commander Sarah Oakley, Commander Fishery Protection Squadron, Royal Navy
  • Commander Cipriano Pereira, Programme Section, Logistics Division, Spanish Navy
  • Commander Corey Gleason, Commanding Officer AOPV, Royal Canadian Navy
  • Commander Steve Lynch, DACOS Operations, EUNAVFOR Mediterranean
  • Tuukka Hoijer, Coordinating Officer, Operational Implementation Sector, FRONTEX
  • Nick Childs, Senior Fellow, Naval Forces & Maritime Security, IISS
  • Robert Veal, Lecturer In Law, University of Southampton
  • Confirmed Representatives, Border Force, UK Home Office
Conference Day One - 24 September 2019

Conference Day Two
- 25 September 2019

Site Visit - 26 September 2019


Parador de Cadiz
Avda. Duque de Najera,
Cadiz 9 11002
Phone: +34 956 22 69 05

Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee.

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 Hotel's website link provided.