Ocean Flyer CEO, Shah Aslam, and Operations Director, John Hamilton, presented to over 100 maritime professionals.
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Our CEO, Shahnawaz Aslam, and Operations Director, John Hamilton, presented to over a hundred maritime professionals about seagliders in collaboration with the New Zealand Branch of The Nautical Institute, in partnership with The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (NZ), Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), and New Zealand Company of Master Mariners.
We were honoured to have our presentation hailed as a 'headline act' and a crowd-puller by the esteemed collective membership. The enthusiasm from this experienced group of maritime professionals in New Zealand was very encouraging to see and having them share our vision of Ocean Flyer seagliders operating around the beautiful coast of New Zealand fills us with excitement.
Shah and John shared the journey so far of bringing seagliders to the coastal communities of New Zealand, where about 75% of the population live close to. They had an engaging and positive exchange with the attendees, discussing the development lifecycle, maintenance, training and certification processes. The session was organised and emceed by Kōtare Maritime Director, Chetan Sawyer.
Ocean Flyer is the first seaglider-only transport company in the world, based in New Zealand. Seagliders are a new mode of public transport that will be introduced to New Zealand by mid-decade.
Seagliders are a wing-in-ground effect vehicle, that will operate in three modes of floating, foiling and flying at speeds of up to 290kms/hr on the blue highway of New Zealand. REGENT is the American manufacturer of seagliders, based in Rhode Island, USA.
ABOUT OCEAN FLYER
Ocean Flyer signed a historic $700m agreement in April 2022 with REGENT to bring 25 seagliders to New Zealand. Ocean Flyer is the first seaglider-only company setup in the world to bring sustainable, fully electric, fast, affordable and comfortable new mode for mass public transport.
Ocean Flyer is committed to connecting communities across the motu, tackling climate change, and building a more resilient and affordable transport network for everyone.
ABOUT THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE
The Nautical Institute is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Their aim is to promote professionalism, best practice and safety throughout the maritime industry and to represent the interests of their members.
ABOUT THE ROYAL INSTITUTION OF NAVAL ARCHITECTS
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. Members of RINA are widely represented in industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations in over ninety countries. All members resident in New Zealand are registered as members of the Division.
ABOUT NEW ZEALAND COMPANY OF MASTER MARINERS
Founded in 1928, and formally incorporated in 1933, the Company of Master Mariners is a body for professional mariners in New Zealand with branches in Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga, and Wellington.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGINEERING, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology is the largest marine organisation of it's kind and the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.
The IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and knowledge of marine professionals worldwide.
The IMarEST is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has links with maritime organisations worldwide.