The organisers of the Quaynote Superyacht Conference & Networking Events have announced the venue and line up of speakers for the three-day programme. Conferences will run concurrently with the 2015 Palma Superyacht Show in Mallorca from 30th April 30 to 2nd May. The Melia Palace Atenea Hotel, located on the Paseo Maritimo seafront promenade, is the confirmed venue for the conferences.

The programme starts with the focus on the Future of Refit & Repair, and will discuss contractual and commercial issues; project management and the keys to quality; interior design and futuristic materials; and coatings application for refit projects.

Following a welcome speech by Antonio Duedero, director general of Balearic Ports and Airports on behalf of the local government, the keynote presentation will be delivered by Stefano Pagani, chairman of the ICOMIA Superyacht Working Group. Pagani, head of the Italian marine trade association UCINA Research Department, will share statistical information on the current and future state of the refit and repair market, as a topical precursor to the day’s technical agenda.

The agenda is intended to be interactive and engaging for all the delegates. A session moderator from the industry with peak knowledge of the key issues will set the tone for the discussions, and a technical panel consisting of up to four members, also with their own specialities in the field, will interact with each other, and with comments and questions from the floor.

Confirmed speakers and panel members include Marnix Hoekstra, MD Vripack Naval Architects; Ken Hickling, global brand manager at Akzo Nobel and president of International Superyacht Society; Diego Colon, director general of Astilleros de Mallorca; Tristan Rowe, yacht support manager at Pendennis Shipyard; maritime lawyer Leon Von Ondarza; Jens Ploch, sales director at Pantaenius Yacht Insurance; Nico Roper, MD Atlas Paint Consultants, a Jotun Paints technical management representative.

Mark Beavis, MD at UK-based Aco Marine, will outline the important forthcoming legislative changes affecting performance and operation of onboard wastewater treatment plants installed on superyachts.

After a number of organised champagne-round-table discussions on relevant current topics, there will be an evening cocktail reception sponsored by Jotun Paints Iberia.

The second day will focus on the future for captains and crew, including subjects like crew personal finances; changing STCW requirements; implications of MLC for crew, training and duty of care; chartering destinations and regulations.

Confirmed speakers are Paul Miller, director of underwriting R&Q Marine; John Wyborn, training director at Bluewater Yachting; Lars Lippuner, business development manager at Warsash Superyacht Academy; Ken Hickling, president of International Superyacht Society; Melanie Langley, senior crew benefits advisor at Moore Stephens.

The event will conclude on Saturday with a golf and networking session at Santa Ponsa 1 Championship Golf Course. Entry to the friendly but competitive tournament will be initially limited to golfers who have registered for either, or both of the conferences by January 31st 2015.

Media partners for the Quaynote Palma Superyacht Event Program include Superyacht Business and The Islander.