A group of 15 IIMS members and non-members came together for the two day IIMS Western Mediterranean LYSCWG training event – something of an annual gathering these days. Despite inclement weather on the first morning, the group followed a classroom session about NDT testing gauges by going under several vessels made of different materials to test the kit. Thanks to Jon Sharland from Tritex NDT for bringing his gear over from the UK.
Ian Lewis gave an insight into cold cure products manufactured and marketed by Wencon. Those present were genuinely impressed to see examples of applications that had been carried out to effect repairs. After lunch, the group were guests of the Global Yachting Group and toured their facility by Palma airport, where they learnt more about the Pinmar painting standard, how the groups operates, its ethins and so on. IIMS is immensely grateful to Peter Brown, COO, for giving up his time, giving a presentation to the group and making the visit possible.
The second day saw the group gather inside the Palma Superyacht Show. Mike Schwarz and John Excell hosted an informal session talking about IIMS news to open the day before the group headed out to explore what is an increasingly interesting and strategically important show.
After lunch, Mike continued his business management series of presentations. He was followed to the podium by Capt Phil Duffy, who spoke at great length with authority about the considerable challenges thrown up when planning and conducting large yacht sea trials. John brought the day to a close when he presented a refresher on report writing.
IIMS would like to thanks John Walker for his assistance locally, ably assisted by Francisco.