HSBO Forum postponed to September 2021

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and government regulations and public health directives, HSBO High Speed Boat Operations Forum has been postponed. 

The next edition of HSBO Forum will take place in September 2021

The decision has been made in an effort to ensure the health and safety of HSBO delegates, exhibitors and speakers, while the trajectory of the pandemic remains unclear. 

Except for the change of dates, the event will run as normal in Gothenburg, Sweden with scientific and technical presentations, full speed boat trials and networking sessions.



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 35 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.

The forum will once again be held at Hotell 11 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Due to the limited number of delegates everyone are asked to request invitation to attend. 



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


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

HSBO 2018 was 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.

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

Topics during 2018

– 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?


HSBO Forum 2018 in numbers:

Three days of boat trials and presentations plus 1 day of tutorials, made this the most extensive HSBO Forum yet.
382 Delegates 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 kts.

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