2nd International Symposium On Ship Operation Automation Set For Washington In August

Washington, D.C. has been selected as the world site for the 2nd International Symposium on Ship Operation Automation. It is expected that representatives of over 30 nations will attend the meeting to discuss advanced marine technology. Scheduled for August 30 through September 2, 1976, the conference will take place during the United States capital city's Bicentennial celebration.

It follows the first Symposium held in Oslo in 1973, to keep pace with this rapidly changing field of ship automation and computerized operations. Headquarters for the Symposium will be the Shoreham Americana Hotel, one of Washington's most gracious accommodations.

The past 10 years have been a technical revolution in the field of sea transport. The traditional freighters and tankers of the type that dominated world trade for the past century are disappearing. Their place is being taken by giant, highly-powered, highlyautomated ships operating as elements of major international transportation systems.

The typical 16,000-ton tanker of 15 years ago has given away to supertankers of 500,000 dwt and beyond. Similarly, the road-rail-ships transportation container has led to fast efficient, container-laden cargo ships with propulsion extending over 120,000 horsepower.

It is the intent of the Symposium to promote an exchange of information and experience among the world's shipping people to keep abreast of the many technological changes taking place worldwide in the field of ship automation. Among the 82 presentations to be made by outstanding speakers from 15 nations are a broad range of shipboard control including bridge and engineroom systems, cargo handling, and ship operations management. Speakers will be attending from Australia, Canada, Canal Zone, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S.A., and U.S.S.R.

Advance registration for the Symposium can be accomplished by addressing your request in English to Ship Operation Automation Symposium, P.O. Box 1771, Prince Georges Plaza, Hyattsville, Md. 20788, U.S.A.

An early registration fee of $80 entitles the registrant to a full set of preprints, entrance to all sessions, as well as admission to the Symposium reception.

Sponsors for the three-day meeting are the United States Maritime Administration, The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the International Federation of Automatic Control, and the International Federation for Information Processing. For additional details, contact Richard L. Buchanan, General Electric Company, 777 14th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20005, U.S.A.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 37,  Apr 1976

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