Hugo Du Plessis HonMIIMS obituary

The sad death of Hugo Du Plessis has been announced at the age of 94. Expert yacht surveyor and author of a guide to fibreglass boat construction and maintenance, Hugo had been an Honorary member of IIMS for some years.

Highly regarded in the cruising world, Hugo was an experienced sailor. Born in 1923, he and his sister were home educated before he went on to boarding school and then to Southampton University where he studied electronics.

Hugo was just 16 when the Second World War broke out and he served with his father, Gerald, in the Boldre Platoon Home Guard.

Growing up in the English New Forest, Hampshire, in close proximity to the Beaulieu and Lymington rivers, his love of boats was born. Many happy hours were spent negotiating the low tide mudflats in various craft from a Sharpie to a canoe before he eventually purchased his first yacht, Crimson Rambler.

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Surveying Sails by Ian Nicolson handy guide released for publication

What a Marine Surveyor Needs to Know About Surveying Sails by Ian Nicolson has been published.

Author, Ian Nicolson, was a doughty pioneer in the field of ocean cruising in his early years. He emigrated by sail in 1952 to Vancouver, Canada. He returned to Britain by hitchhiking across Canada and building himself a small wooden yacht cruiser near Halifax, which he sailed home singlehanded across the Atlantic in 1954. He continues to sail regularly.

Having written more than 20 books and many articles on design, construction, operation and handling of small marine craft, Ian is perfectly placed to apply his knowledge and experience to the subject of sail surveying. The aim of the Surveying Sails handy guide is to give a comprehensive overview of the skills and knowledge required by a marine surveyor to satisfactorily undertake this important task.

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IIMS training opportunities during late March and April 2018

IIMS has organised several training opportunities over the next month or so in various worldwide locations for surveyors working in many different aspects of marine surveying, who are keen to learn and pick up the latest thinking in specific areas of the profession. If appropriate, do come and join us either online or in person at one of the following events.

23/24 March 2018
International Institute of Marine Surveying 2018 Baltimore Conference
Twelve great presentations over two days on everything from the ‘Latest technology in gyroscopic stabilization’ to ‘Electric propulsion systems and alternate new build and repower solutions” and much more. Open to online and real-time delegates.
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International Institute of Marine Surveying 2018 Baltimore Conference

Entitled “Tools & Rules”, the IIMS 2018 Baltimore Conference will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March at The Marine Conference Center, MITAGS (Maritime Institute of Technology and Advanced Graduate Studies), 692 Maritime BLVD, Linthicum Heights MD 21090.

The programme and agenda are detailed below. In addition, there are planned ship simulator tours throughout the day on Friday.

Day One: Friday 23rd March 2018
08.15 Registration and Coffee
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eCMID AVI Spring 2018 London Seminar – your invitation

You are invited to join the International Institute of Marine Surveying, Marine Surveying Academy and International Marine Contractors Association in person, or as an online delegate, for a special one-day eCMID AVI seminar. During the day, delegates will be given an update on the eCMID accreditation programme, the use of the new eDatabase, concluding with some essential presentations in the afternoon session.

Following the successful seminars held last year in Amsterdam and Singapore, the team has chosen London this year. The seminar will take place on Tuesday 22nd May at the Park Inn by Radisson, Bath Road, Sipson, Heathrow UB7 0DU adjacent to London Heathrow Airport for ease of transportation.

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