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Reports of Section meetings and activities, articles of interest to Section members.  Members proposing articles for inclusion in the Section News page should contact the Hon Secretary.

The 21st SMIX (Sydney Marine Industry Christmas) Bash was to have been held on Thursday 3 December aboard the beautifully-restored James Craig alongside Wharf 7, Darling Harbour, from 1730 to 2130.
However, Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sydney Heritage Fleet had stopped the use of James Craig as a venue and, as a result, SMIX Bash 2020 had to be cancelled; however, we have booked James Craig for Thursday 2 December for SMIX Bash 2021.

Rob Gehling, Secretary of the Australian Division and Vice President of the Pacific Region of RINA, gave a presentation on Are Naval Architects More than Just Designers? as a webinar using RINA’s Zoom software platform with the Deputy Chair of the NSW Section, Phil Helmore, as MC on 2 December. This presentation attracted 33 participating on the evening, including the new Chief Executive of RINA, Chris Boyd, from south Wales in the UK.

The NSW Section Committee met on 24 November 2020 and, other than routine matters, discussed:

Robert McMahon, Marine Engineer, Michael Kelly, Pilot, Port Authority of NSW, Bernie Farrelly, Project Manager, Tas Bull Seafarers Foundation, and Sr Mary Leahy, Stella Maris Chaplain and Regional Coordinator for Oceania, gave a presentation on Cruise Ships and COVID-19 as a webinar hosted by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology in London using the Panopto platform on 14 October.

The NSW Section Committee met on 13 October and, other than routine matters, discussed:

Sean Langman, Managing Director of Noakes Group, gave a presentation on Ferry Radar Preservation: a Link to a Once-working Harbour as a webinar hosted by Engineers Australia with Phil Helmore as MC on 2 September. This presentation attracted 70 participants on the evening.

The NSW Section Committee met on 1 September and, other than routine matters, discussed:

The NSW Section Committee met by video conference on 21 July and, other than routine matters, discussed:

Clive Evans, Maritime Systems Lead—Research Supply Icebreaker Project, Australian Antarctic Division, gave a presentation on RSV Nuyina: Australia’s New Icebreaking Research and Supply Vessel as a webinar hosted by Engineers Australia with Phil Helmore as MC on 1 July. This was our third webinar presentation, and attracted 250+ registrations, with 180+ actually participating on the evening.

The NSW Section Committee met on 9 June and, other than routine matters, discussed:

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