The 2012 edition of “Convergence” ended on 16th March. “Convergence” is the training and refresher Course that the Ferretti Group – a world leader in the construction of luxury motor yachts with a unique portfolio of the most prestigious and exclusive brands in the nautical world – holds each year for the Captains and Chief Engineers of its yachts.
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The eighth edition was held in the beautiful setting of Lake Garda, and included a far-reaching programme extending over four days and focusing in particular on onboard safety and the management of emergencies, as well as on the importance of having a thorough knowledge of the craft and its technologies.
The technical sessions, organised in cooperation with the Ferretti Group’s leading technology partners, dealt with a wide range of subjects and were eagerly followed by over 120 participants. The lectures held by MTU, ZF, Onan, RINA, Condaria, Flir, Gianneschi, Idromar and Naviop were particularly well received by the attendees; their main goal was to illustrate the state-of-the-art represented by the technologically innovative systems installed on the Ferretti Group's yachts. It also highlighted how the close collaboration between the Group and its partners right from the earliest stages of product development results both in top-quality products and in easier management and maintenance for yacht crews.
Besides theoretical sessions, technical training demonstrations were also held in the various areas set up with Videoworks projectors by the Group's Partners Fluiten, OceanLed and Rolla. The dinner on Wednesday evening saw Flir give a night-time demonstration of their thermal imaging cameras. The occasion allowed participants to taste and enjoy Consorzio Tutela del Bardolino wines, Jack Daniel's spirits and Davidoff cigars. The training was further enriched by the visits to some historical nautical companies located on Lake Iseo, particularly the legendary Cantieri Riva and Cantieri RAM, in Sarnico, as well as a visit to Besenzoni, and finally to the boatyard and showroom of Nautica Casarola in Peschiera del Garda. Here, on the last day of the Convergence meeting, certificates of attendance were handed over to all participants.
Topics closely related to the recent events that occurred in Italy, the management of onboard emergencies and safety, were at the core of the opening lecture held by RINA (the Italian naval registry), devoted to lifesaving equipment and ship abandonment procedures. The Captains and Chief Engineers also took part in a team-building video-making activity which inspired some in-depth reflection and a very interesting debate during the round table chaired by Roberto Martinoli, one of the leading experts in this field, the Italian delegate of the European Cruise Council and Managing Director of Grandi Navi Veloci.
“Convergence” thus confirms itself, year after year, to be an unmissable training opportunity and one of the most enthralling activities for the entire Ferretti Group; it aims to strengthen a sense of belonging and togetherness as well as to ensure that “the Group's” sea professionals are always in the lead in terms of training and skills.