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  • 03 Apr 2014 09:14 | Alastair Clayton (Administrator)

    It is anticipated that a revision of the RCD will be coming into full force in 2016, following a period of transition to allow industry to adjust.

    A summary page of can be found on the BMF website:

    BMF RCD Update


    Additionally, the BMF produces a useful headline list of current technical issues that can found here:

    BMF Technical Headlines


    (BMF members can login at the bottom to the website to read the full reports).

  • 03 Apr 2014 08:38 | Alastair Clayton (Administrator)

    Following February’s successful event at Lloyd’s Register in London, the question ‘Will my ship (or workboat) run on this?’ will again be under discussion during the Seawork International 2014 Exhibition and Conference. Hosted by the GLEAMS (Glycerine Fuel for Engines and Marine Sustainability) project this workshop will explain why glycerine is an attractive proposition for use as a marine fuel and gather feedback from delegates interested in alternative fuels for the ships and boats of tomorrow. The event will be held in Southampton on Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 2.00pm.

    The Technology Strategy Board ‘GLEAMS’ project is currently investigating technology by which marine vessels will be able to surpass the very highest regulatory standards required for sulphurand nitrous oxide emissions, as well as slashing their carbon emissions and potentially reducing fuel costs.

    Glycerine is a by-product of the expanding bio-fuel industry; its characteristics make it attractive for marine applications:

    Burns with higher efficiency that diesel

    Very low NOx emissions

    No sulphur emissions

    Virtually no particulate matter

    Non-toxic, water soluble and nearly impossible to ignite accidentally

    Requires modification only to the external engine aspiration system

    Readily retro-fitted

    Engine technology proven through use in combined heat and power plant

    Glycerine has a relatively low energy density compared to fossil fuels, meaning a greater volume would have to be carried for a given range. However glycerine’s low-hazard nature would allow storage in locations currently unsuitable for more hazardous conventional fuels.

    Although glycerine can be used in diesel engines of any size, until a comprehensive distribution network is established GLEAMS will concentrate upon markets where limited volumes of fuel are required and bunkering typically takes place at a single location.

    Potential early adopters could include: offshore support craft; ferries; survey vessels; port/pilot boats; fishing vessels; dredgers; marine police and other small commercial and leisure marine craft. Pollution hazards associated with vessels operating in environmentally sensitive areas could be substantially reduced by the benign characteristics of glycerine.

    During the GLEAMS Seawork event, the project will present and discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of using glycerine as a marine fuel and explore remaining commercialisation barriers. As part of the GLEAMS project a glycerine fuelled marine type-approved generator is being tested to a marine duty cycle specified by Lloyd’s Register while comprehensive emissions measurements will be collected by Redwing Environmental. For those who may doubt if an engine can run on glycerine Gardline Marine Sciences and Aquafuel Research will be demonstrating the test engine during Seawork International.

    The project is keen to gather feedback from the marine community and delegates will be invited to contribute their professional experience and help shape the future direction of this exciting new technology during the conference session.

    To attend the event you will first need to register as a member of the GLEAMS ‘Interest Group’.

    Membership is free of charge, to join please visit:

    Following successful registration you will receive an invitation to the event. Further news and information on the project is available on the GLEAMS ‘Interest Group’ website.


    More Information can be found at the Seawork Event page: Seawork 2014

    The Original Document which was passed to us courtesy of Marine South East can be found here:

    GLEAMS Will my ship run on this Seawork Event press release 2014 final.pdf

  • 12 Feb 2014 14:22 | Deleted user

    The following updates have been implemented to the site as requested by members of the ABA committee.

    • Personal emails have been removed from public view
    • Members directory has been organised so that members are displayed alphabetically based upon their organization and their surnames
    • Products field added to members directory - Members can edit their profile to state which products they sell through their organization
    • RSS Feed icon removed from multiple areas throughout the site
    • Testing potential page layouts for a products page
    • Added a message link to some members on the "contact" page located in the left hand navigational bar.

    If there are any other changes you would like to see on this site please let me know and I will do my best to try and implement them.

  • 12 Feb 2014 14:17 | Deleted user


    Job Title: Technical Designer

    Hours: Full Time 45 hrs week , 5 days a week. 

    Remuneration: Up to £21,800 start (dependent on relevant skills & experience), rising to potentially £23,500 after probation (6 months)

    Role: To work on both Research & Development projects as well as routine drawings of marine windows, doors, hatches and their components. This individual would be attending internal technical meetings, occasionally with customers and they would also communicate with and co-ordinate between different internal teams on a regular basis.

    This person must enjoy very detailed work and be able to remain calm under pressure. This person will be a focused individual with good communication skills, using initiative and working as part of a small but dynamic team.


    They MUST be a pleasant, enthusiastic team player, with ability to pick up tasks and systems quickly, and skill to multi-task their way through periods of increased workload. They must have a strong level of IT skills to achieve this.


    This person must not be phased by new technical challenges, and must not be afraid to ask questions.

    This Role holds good promotional prospects for the right individual.



    • Working both as part of a small & varied team, and work alone to sometimes time demanding targets

    • Generate technical 3D drawings for Quotes and Jobs using Autodesk’s Auto Cad and Inventor

    • Working on individual R&D Projects

    • Contributing too and administering R&D Programme

    • Engaging with internal sales team to provide technical advice

    • Help maintain technical knowledge database

    • Help maintain technical aspects of the companies specifications system

    • Engaging with Suppliers and customers in order to meet R&D Requirements



    • Proven 3D modelling capabilities

    • Strong IT operating skills

    • Logical thinker

    • Some understanding of Project Management

    • Methodical & good attention to detail

    • Confident phone email & meeting manner

    • Requires minimal supervision


    Please download our Recruitment Information Pack



     Email your CV and any additional information to, ensuring that your subject line contains our reference “XP0623” (letters X and P, digits zero, five, nine and one) – if you fail to include this then we may not receive the email.


    • 16 Jan 2014 11:34 | Alastair Clayton (Administrator)


      Seaglaze exhibited at the London Boat Show which was held at Excel. Although the attendance was down on previous years, our customers have reported good sales and deposits being taken at the show. The marine industry now looks like it is starting to recover from the recession.

      Hardy Marine in North Wals
      ham, launched their new Hardy 40DS vessel. This vessel had the first set of Seaglaze's new hidden frame sliding window and folding door fitted, along with our Hidden frame windows. We have received positive feedback from Hardy Marine and general visitors at the show and we are extremely pleased with the overall finished product.
    • 16 Jan 2014 10:27 | Deleted user
      Calling all budding photographers and designers!

      The new ABA website is in need of a new header image to appear at the top of each page on the site!
      At the moment this site is using a template image provided by the hosting service Wild Apricot. In order to make this sites design more unique I am asking for any member to send me an image they believe summarizes the true spirit of the ABA (minimum size restriction 919px × 253px)

      The image must be totally free to use with no copyright and preferably something you have captured yourself. Please note that any images submitted may be edited and cropped in order to fit the current size restrictions.

      Please send the images to

      Happy Snapping!
    • 16 Jan 2014 10:18 | Deleted user
      The site has had another design overhaul to allow users to log in on multiple platforms and operating systems, including apple and android.

      Other updates include:
      • New membership directory changes allow visitors to see the organization and website/email tabs for each member (no direct contact details e.g phone numbers)
      • ABA Members are now able to log in and edit their profiles as well as interact with the site and leave comments, register to events and communicate with other members.
      • CSS Code tweaked to allow multiple resolutions so the page always stays the correct size regardless of where it is viewed.
      • Colour scheme edited to suit the new theme of the site.
      • Administration privileges added to all committee members
      • New randomly generated passwords sent out to ABA members
      • New events added (Radar Museum and Boat Yard visit) (TBC)
      • Added hyperlinks to some images throughout the site.
    • 25 Nov 2013 10:58 | Deleted user

      Some recent updates have been implemented to the site


      • New Events "ABA Members Pub Quiz" and "London Boat Show 2014" now available to join on the events page.
      • Price of the Buffet has been reduced during the pub quiz event to £3
      • Anglia Boatbuilders Association header has been changed to display correctly.
      • New content added to the members only content section of the site including links to helpful documentation


      Stay tuned for additional updates including


      • A new brighter theme for the background of the site
      • An improved background for the header of the site

      Committee members now have administrator access and can create events, projects, news reports and edit/remove unwanted information.

      If you have any queries in regards to the interacting with the site, any ideas to improve the site or have found an error or issue that needs reporting please email or message me using the links available in my profile.




    • 28 Oct 2013 17:22 | Alastair Clayton (Administrator)
      • Projects page filled with past projects
      • New links page made with links added from original website
      • Pictures uploaded to this site from original website to work with new content
      • Navigation menu tweaks to hovering colour and text colour as well as link arrangement.
      • Members Directory moved to public access view
      • Tweaked design of login box slightly so that the text is a better size
      • hyperlink colours globally tweaked to suit site theme.
    • 28 Oct 2013 16:37 | Alastair Clayton (Administrator)
      A new section has been added to the site to show off some of the projects the Anglia boat builders association as a community has participated in and continued to work on to this point.
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