The Brazilian Society of Marine Engineering (SOBENA) held its 1st Seminar on Nautical Technology in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. The event was held in the auditorium of COPPE-UFRJ, the biggest centre for engineering and academic research in Latin America.

The event was organised by the newly formed Nautical Committee within SOBENA and its aim was to develop a strategy focused on the leisure marine sector in order to provide technological and academic support to the industry.

The seminar was attended by eight speakers, specialists in their respective areas of activity. Lectures were given on hydrophilic technology, the introduction to the hydrodynamic design of boats, the difference between boat production in Brazil and abroad, the advantages of the vacuum infusion process, remote vessel monitoring technologies and more.

One of the main issues addressed was the need to focus on skilled training in order to improve the innovation capacity of Brazilian companies.

Leading industry supporters were responsible for the success of the event, including the British Consulate's Department of International Trade (DIT), which has already signalled that it will continue to support the next edition in 2018.

Other supporters include industry association ACOBAR, COPPE, UFSC and B&G Yacht Design. Barracuda Composites and SOTREQ sponsored the event.

According to ACOBAR president Eduardo Colunna, the Brazilian nautical market lacks initiatives like this one, which aims to stimulate the academic area of the sector and consequently raise the quality level of Brazilian boats, either through new technologies or the qualification of its professionals.

With the high technical level presented by the speakers and positive feedback from the public at this year's event, the 2018 edition, scheduled for November, is expected to be even bigger.