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Annual Dinner 2024

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The Annual Dinner is a major event in the Institution’s diary and is well supported by the maritime industry, as well as members of the Institution. Members and guests represent designers, builders and operators across the entire spectrum of the global maritime industry. RINA  Annual Dinner 2024 is one not to be missed – with the Principal Guest & Speaker Arsenio Dominguez, the awards ceremony, drinks reception and a 3-course dinner, there will be plenty of fantastic opportunities to catch up with your old colleagues, clients, guests and make new connections from the industry.

The event will be held at the gorgeous De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in the heart of Central London – Covent Garden, with great transport links and easy access for you and your guests.

RINA Annual Dinner 2023 was attended by more than 80 companies and 300+ industry professionals. Don’t know what to expect if you choose to attend? Have a look at the Annual Dinner 2023 video here.

Don’t miss out and book your ticket as soon as possible – this will be a great opportunity for you to catch up with your colleagues, clients, guests and friends in the maritime industry.

The dress code: Dinner Jacket and Decorations (Black Tie)

Registration Fees

Book a Corporate Table and get a 10% Discount!

Early Rate* (SOLD OUT) Regular Rate* (until 16 May 2024) RINA Professional Affiliate (Company Membership) Rate*
Individual Ticket £145 + VAT £195 + VAT £145 + VAT
Corporate Table (10) £1305 + VAT £1755 + VAT £1305 + VAT
Corporate Table (12) £1566 + VAT £2106 + VAT £1566 + VAT

* Limited Ticket Availability. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects reserves the right to end the registration early. Pre-dinner reception drinks and 3-course dinner are included in the ticket price.

Event Host

Craig Eason

Craig Eason, Technology Editor, TradeWinds

Craig is a former deep sea navigating officer who became a broadcast journalist and then maritime journalist. He is an experienced moderator and event developer and experienced radio and podcast producer. His seagoing experiences from 1985 to 1996 were on a range of tankers, gas carriers, with experiences on container vessels, roro vessels and one offshore vessel. He was a freelance radio producer and reporter in the UK before returning to the maritime industry as a journalist and editor. He joined TradeWinds in November 2023 as their Technology Editor and to build up their news outlet channels.

Event Charity – The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)     

ISWAN Logo wStrap CMYKThe International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is an international maritime charity which works to improve the lives of seafarers and their families with services, resources, strategies and advocacy. In 2023, ISWAN assisted over 6,400 seafarers and their families around the world through its free helpline services, relief funds and humanitarian support. Donations for ISWAN will be collected during RINA Annual Dinner 2024. If you would like to donate now, please do so by clicking here.


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Mr Arsenio Dominguez, Secretary General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Arsenio Antonio Domínguez Velasco

Mr. Dominguez assumes his role as tenth IMO Secretary-General, bringing with him more than three decades of experience serving the global maritime sector, across a spectrum of leadership roles of increasing scope and responsibility.

Initially representing his native Panama, first within the Panama Maritime Authority and in his lattermost appointment as Ambassador of Panama to IMO, his affinity for building consensus saw him elected by his peers as Chair of several flagship IMO intergovernmental meetings, including: the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the Technical Committee of the 29th Assembly, and the Maritime Security, Piracy and Armed Robbery Group, as well as a number of Vice-Chair and Board member roles.

A naval architect at heart and by training, Mr. Dominguez gained his first degree at Veracruzana University, Mexico. Recognising from the outset of his career the importance of a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial approach to the maritime sector, Mr. Dominguez later went on to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Hull, as well as an executive qualification in International Law and European Politics at Birkbeck University, both in the United Kingdom.

This agile approach served him well in better understanding the priorities and navigating the needs of the different stakeholders across the maritime sector, and indeed the complexities of a specialized UN agency whose mission it is to support them. In 2017 Mr. Dominguez harnessed this extensive technical and diplomatic knowledge and experience as a delegate for the benefit of IMO. He joined the Organization, first as Chief of Staff, followed by Administrative Director – leading the Organization through the COVID-19 pandemic. Directly prior to his election in July 2023 as Secretary-General, he was the Director of the Marine Environment Division.

His initial term as IMO Secretary-General, approved at the 33rd Assembly in December 2023, will be for a period of four years from 2024 to 2027.

Hotel Rates

DoubleTree by Hilton London – West End, 92 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BH – Special Corporate Rates available until 18th April 2024.

Book your Corporate Rate for DoubleTree by Hilton London – West End here.     


Cancellations received less than two weeks before the event cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however, this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the RINA Events Team. It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to alter the content and timing of the programme. In the unlikely event that RINA cancels the event for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

Personal Data

Please note that personal data, such as name and company, will be collected and provided in the delegate list format to the event attendees. No contact details will be included in the delegate list. If you would like to not be included in the list for any reason, please inform the RINA Events Team at


Please note that filming/photography will be taking place at this event for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings made are likely to appear on our website and social media. If you would prefer not to be photographed please let the Marketing team know at

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Please note:

Your membership number must be entered when choosing a membership rate, otherwise your order will be subject to cancellation.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Individual Ticket (Regular Rate) £195.00
Individual Ticket (RINA Professional Affiliate Rate) £145.00
Table of 10 (Regular Rate) £1,755.00
Table of 10 (RINA Professional Affiliate Rate) £1,305.00
Table of 12 (Regular Rate) £2,106.00
Table of 12 (RINA Professional Affiliate Rate) £1,566.00

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Annual Dinner 2024


16th May, 2024    
18:30 - 23:45


£145.00 - £2,106.00
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De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
61-65 Great Queen St, London, WC2B 5DA

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