Student Spotight – Anton Brosens

UAntwerp team member Anton Brosens shares his view of the event!

Anton joined the team in his last Bachelor year and is currently studying a Master of Electromechanical Engineering and Offshore Engineering.

Check out his experience here below:

“I currently have no clear idea of what I will be doing the first few years yet. I still have too many interests in different industries, like environmental engineering, bioengineering, and others.

Probably I will continue studying for a while to enlarge my career options. My aim is to grow into an executive position of a company, so I can lead projects,
solving various problems that challenge me.

For the first time I participated to the challenge in 2019. I heard about it through the team leaders of the UAntwerp Solar Boat, convincing me to join the team. Working as a team to obtain our goals in this challenge seemed a nice experience to me. I was interested to work on the hydrofoil-system (which is still in process) for my Bachelor thesis. Except engineering skills, I immediately realised this project would be very educational and useful for my future in the engineering industry: solving problems in team, networking with possible investors, enlarge connections.

Later on, I discovered this was all true. I also learned that almost nothing works from the start. Both during the precursory year as well as during the challenge, we must deal with lots of problems.What I liked most about this challenge is the competitive but still friendly and helpfulness interaction with other teams. We all have the aim to sail as fast as possible, with only green energy. It is a pleasant way to make clear it is not necessary to pollute the environment for energy.

I can describe this experience in three words: exciting, fun, captivating. At this moment, I’m open for many industries. As a student, the yachting industry is still unknown for me, but I’m open for more information. I always have the intention to improve things, so I think I can enjoy myself designing yachts. But now it is still too early to make concrete plans yet.

I have had previous work experience, but not in the engineering sector. I worked in the catering sector, improving my communicative and teamwork skills. I also did some student work as a painter to ameliorate my practical skills.”

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Industry Spotlight: François Richard – CEO, Lanéva

This week we are shining an Industry Spotlight on François Richard, CEO of Lanéva.

The vision and drive this man has is exactly what we need to change the yachting industry!


What is your background and how did you develop the skills to direct a company?

I graduated with a bachelor in Political Science from Sorbonne University in Paris and a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. I also had the chance to roam and travel before embarking on this adventure.

With experiences at the United Nations in London then New York, in consulting in Paris and finally as a shipbroker in Hamburg, I am a fervent advocate of the acquisition of knowledge through real experience. Skills are acquired by being passionate about your project, always looking for the optimal solution (sometimes late at night) and very often by collaborating with different profiles in their experiences and ways of thinking.


How does Lanéva set itself apart from other companies?

We designed a true and entire luxury & eco-friendly dayboat, from electric propulsion to recycling through noble and sustainable materials. This stands in our DNA and drive our ambition to be an actor in the future of the industry. This boat is part of a real experience we offer to our customers. We insist that they take part directly in the design of their boat which will be in their image and dedicated to their use. We remain at their side throughout their entire Lanéva lifestyle experience.


What has been your biggest success to date?

First, we are proud to have launched our first prototype in March 2019 on lake Como and inaugurated her in April 2019 at the Monaco Yacht Club with H.S.H Prince Albert II. In addition, for our first season, we managed to welcome more than 300 people aboard, collaborate with the Principality’s biggest events and build a reliable reputation in our target markets.

We look forward to being in 2020 for the rest of the adventure.


What has been your biggest challenge?

One of our biggest challenges is and remain to establish our reputation in a competitive but at the same time fragmented market. Offering the market a boat that stands out for its design, the choice of materials and a very efficient propulsion system is a permanent challenge but the main motivation for the creation of Lanéva.

We clearly benefit from multiple developments in the car industry and the best is to come on the water !


What are Lanéva’s projects which you are excited about that will potentially revolutionize the industry?

We are currently working on many topics in parallel. Our main goal is to become the leading integrator of electric propulsion for dayboat. Together with the right energy sources, we can combine the best technologies from the market to ensure an unforgettable boat experience, whether on lakes or at sea.


Where do you see the yachting industry heading in the future and what action would you like to see taken by other companies?

The yachting industry has no choice but to be greener and greener. However, let’s be realistic, we are not going to see superyachts only running on a 100% electric propulsion system tomorrow. In fact, we are convinced that the superyacht tender segment is the first piece of the superyacht puzzle that will be disrupted.

A 100% electric and versatile tender directly recharged on the power generation system of the mother ship is possible today.

And we know how to do it.


Which skills and attributes do you look for in candidates wanting to join your company?

We need “warriors”. We need people whose primary goal is to be proactive in the evolution of the industry toward more efficient, cleaner and ultra-quiet technologies. For this, we are looking for personalities with a strong freedom of spirit, a bit of rebellion and a great capacity to be a force of proposal on subjects both technical and marketing.


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Simon Brealey – Webinar – 3rd October 2019


Join us on ZOOM for our first interactive live session with Simon Brealey,
Principal Mechanical Engineer at Lateral Naval Architects on October 3rd at 14:30 (GMT +2:00).

This session will last between 30-45 minutes with 10-15 minutes of Q&A at the end so you can ask him all your questions.

Only 100 participants can join, so make sure to register now!

During this talk he will touch base on the following subjects:

–    Marine & Mechanical Engineering demand for superyachts
–    Moving away from tradition and how to use technology efficiently
–    Some of the things affecting maritime engineering


Simon’s Biography:

Simon Brealey is a Chartered mechanical engineer with 19 years experience of working within the marine design industry.

After starting his career working on the repair and refit of Royal Navy surface ships and nuclear submarines, 12 years ago Simon made the switch to the superyacht industry.

Within the superyacht industry Simon has worked for shipyards and design consultancies having been involved in the many new build yacht projects including Vava II, Jubilee and Bravo Eugenia. He is currently working on a number of 100m+ new build projects as Principal engineer- Mechanical for  Lateral Naval architects.

Within his role at Lateral Naval Architects Simon leads a team of engineers providing a range of mechanical design services. These services include supporting shipyards and/or Owners through all phases of the design process from concept stage through to production engineering.

Simon’s particular specialities include the development of onboard piping systems, detailed technical space arrangements/planning and the specification of propulsion systems including the application of novel or new technology.

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Energy Class – Technical Rules

Energy Class – Technical Rules 2020

The Monaco Energy Class has been designed to compare the efficiency of different propulsion systems while using sustainable energy. To achieve this aim a catamaran hull described in this publication, will be provided by the Yacht Club de Monaco to each team competing.

Competitors will have to build a cockpit including the propulsion system with controls & steering, which they will than fit to the hull.

The Technical Regulations presented in this document serve as directives for the teams that will compete in this class.

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