High Speed Boat Operations Forum is the No.1 venue in the world for exchange of experience and knowledge about High-Speed Boat Operations.

It offers a mixture of theory and practice, with world-class presentations, social networking events and boat trials of up to 30 of the best boats built, at full speed at sea, as well as literate discussions relating to all aspects of boat operations. Sharing of practical experiences and demonstrations of various new equipment and routines are key elements of HSBO Forum. Delegates include leaders of many professional agencies operating high-speed boats around the world, procurement & acquisitions officials, boat operators, naval architects, engineers, scientists and boat builders.


Rear Admiral Jens Nykvist, Chief of Swedish Navy
Welcome address – Current development in the Nordic region 

Rear Admiral François Rebour, Chief of ALFUSCO, French Marine Commandos
Maritime special operations – New challenges – New advances  

Mr Paul Brereton, Health & Safety Executive, United Kingdom
Impact induced injury at sea – Employers’ responsibilities and liability in Europe

Vice Admiral Sousa PereiraGeneral Commander of Portuguese Maritime Police
The Portuguese Maritime Police Participation in Frontex Operations


 The 9th HSBO Forum will be held in Gothenburg June 5-7 2018

HSBO Forum is a by invitation only conference gathering High Speed Boat professionals from 30 countries around the world. Highly competent experts will give presentations on new development, research, technologies, operational procedures, boat designs and equipment. Many of the best boats built for professional use will be available for full speed sea trialling at open sea.

HSBO 2018 will be held at Hotel 11, the same place where HSBO Forum was held in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Hotel 11 is located right by the water in the Gothenburg harbor.

Delegates and Presenters at HSBO are Operators, Purchasing officials and Writers of Specs, Medical staff and Health officials, Scientists and Legislators, Naval Architects and Boat builders, etc.

The number of attendees will be limited and the invitation to participate is directed specifically to individuals working in the field.


Preliminary topics

– Specifying boats for special operations
– Non-Compliant Boarding & VBSS

– Tactical operations training
– Challenges of night-time operations

– Maritime counter-terrorism
– New hull designs and constructions
– Steering- and Control systems
– Choosing the right drivelines
– Unmanned High Speed Boats
– Personal protection equipment
– Extreme-climate operations.
Riverine operations.

– New engine technology
– On-water training
– Simulator training
– Evaluating suspension seats
– SAR and medicare onboard HSC
– Human Factors and cockpit ergonomics
– Accidents and ejections
– Injury prevention
– Measuring impact exposure
_ Navigation – limits and future integration
– Handling the elements
– Lighter ship – is it better?

Presentations will be brief, 15 minutes.
Focused on practical solutions and presented so that everyone will learn something useful from each one.

Request a Berth on the Dock to bring a boat – boats@hsbo.org

Offer to give a Presentation at HSBO Forum 2018 presenter@hsbo.org

HSBO Forum 2016 in numbers:

Three days of boat trials and presentations plus 1 day of tutorials, made this the most extensive HSBO Forum yet.
380Delegates from 36 Countries, representing Navy, Coast Guard, Police, Sea Rescue, Special Forces, Scientists and Industry. 34 State-of-the-art High Speed Boats were available for test drives in open waters at speeds up to 100 kts15 Journalist, Photographers, Press and Media reported and captured all angles of the HSBO 2016.

This added up to making the 12 year anniversary of the HSBO Forum, the largest ever. Further fortifying the position of the HSBO as the world leading venue for professionals in the field of high speed boat operations.


Presentations 2016

Boats 2016

Reception & Venue 2016

Crash Course 2016

Pictures 2016

Videos 2016

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