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Maritime industry calls for the need to increase the number of naval engineers at the 62nd Congress

AINE presents its annual awards for outstanding shipbuilding in 2022, to the best companies and official sponsors, including Navalia

The 62nd Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry Congress was held this week at Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, bringing together over 250 professionals and experts in a sector that, as all open session members agreed, shows "good health, great opportunities and a serious threat: the lack of professionals in the field of engineering, including naval".

Throughout three days - one more than usual - aspects such as ship design and electric propulsion systems innovations; renewable energies, cybersecurity, and new technologies promotion and impact such as IoT or "machine learning" were addressed. In addition, some novelties were presented, such as 'Haugesund Knutsen', the first Spanish-flagged natural gas supply vessel; Navantia F-110 frigate building was analysed in detail, a multipurpose platform representing a technological leap towards the intelligent ship. In fishing area, technological improvements and innovations contributing to the fishing sector to reach sustainability goals and emission reduction were analysed.

Apart from that, the official dinner hosted the delivery of AINE Awards to companies and institutions that have made a greater contribution to the sector as well as to outstanding professionals. Likewise, within the framework of the Congress, the award for the best master’s Thesis was presented, aiming to boost the future carrier and the 2022 most outstanding Shipbuilding.

Cintranaval-Defcar and FJ | Fernández Jove received the AINE Awards for the Best Company career and activities related to the maritime sector, accordingly. During the dinner, the winner of the most outstanding 2022 Shipbuilding contest was also announced: the ship Bahía Levante, built by Astilleros de Murueta in Erandio (Vizcaya) for Mureloil shipowner (a Murueta shipping company subsidiary), based in Bilbao. The Prize for the Best Final master’s Project was also awarded to Luis Antonio Valverde Márquez, a Cádiz School of Naval Engineering graduated for the “Preliminary project for a 15,000 DWT Jack-Up wind turbine installation ship (WTIV), equipped with an offshore crane and DP2 dynamic positioning”.

The Congress also rewarded the most outstanding speakers according to jury's opinion. The first prize went to the work of Pablo Romero Tello, José Enrique Gutiérrez Romero, Borja Serván Camas, and Antonio José Lorente López “Optimitation of seakeeping behaviour of fishing ships by artificial neutral networks”. The second prize recognized Oscar Noguero Torres and Marta Tome speech “Hydrogen as fuel for passenger ships. Rule gaps and simulations”. Basilio Puente Varela and María Dolores Fernández Ballesteros received the third prize for their presentation "Digitalization of knowledge: model in the shipbuilding sector".

Finally, the Spain's Naval and Ocean Engineers Association (AINE) wanted to acknowledge the support of the official sponsors of the 62nd Congress of Naval Engineering and Maritime Industry, among which is Navalia Shipbuilding Exhibition.