YBDSA inspires the next generation of marine professionals

The Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA) has played an instrumental part in the 2012 annual Shipwrights Lectures, organised by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights in conjunction with the University of Southampton.

Taking place on the 17th October 2012 at the University of Southampton, the Shipwrights Lectures is an annual event designed to inform and inspire young marine apprentices about the many opportunities available to them within the UK’s wide ranging marine industry, which currently employs more than 35,000 people.

Jane Gentry, CEO at the YBDSA said, “We were thrilled to be involved with the Shipwrights Lectures and it was wonderful to see so many young, enthusiastic apprentices gathered together. The marine sector is incredibly important to the UK economy and it’s crucial that we welcome the next generation and use our experiences in the industry to educate and inform them about their future careers, whilst providing them with the valuable opportunity to network with industry leaders and their own peers.”

As the management company of ABYA (Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents), the YDSA (Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association) and PCA (Professional Charter Association), the YBDSA works closely with many marine professionals across the globe, and is keen to support and educate the next generation of its potential members.

The YBDSA’s associations were represented at the Shipwrights Lecture by YBDSA president, Christian Moore from Moore International, ABYA member, Sue Grant from Berthon International, and YDSA member, Hugo Morgan Harris from Saunders Morgan Harris.

The three members formed part of a five-person panel about the importance of fulfilling a role and the implications of getting it wrong. The panel presented a number of real life scenarios to the apprentices, using Christian and Sue as brokers to set the scene, and Hugo as the surveyor to outline his findings with images of any faults discovered on the vessel used in the scenario. They then discussed the extensive cost of repairs to the vessel, taking into account loss of use and depreciation against the minimal cost involved in ensuring that basic steps were implemented properly at the time of the build.

For further information on the YBDSA, visit www.ybdsa.co.uk.