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OI 2012: The best Oceanology International event ever!

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A view of the Exhibition Hall with the ever busy RESON's stand

The most successful Oceanology International ever closed just over ten days ago. It was attended by 7728 (a 10% increase on 2010) from more than 70 countries; alongside it, Interspill London 2012 had a total attendance figure of 1346 meaning that the two shows attracted a grand total of 9074 attendees;  John Faraclas reports.-

The Exhibition and Conference at London’s ExCel Centre, saw a host of launches – many featured pre-show on the Oceanology International website. Positive feedback followed the unveiling of new products and services:

  • Ashtead Technology purchased $1.4m of Sonardyne 6G subsea acoustic positioning equipment
  • Saderet reported a record first day of sales (to Tower Hydrographics, Coastline Surveys, Svarog)
  • new company Energypro in the Interspill exhibition reported highly encouraging levels of requests for sampling of their Absorbent+00 which recovers spills back to commercial usage
  • GSE Rentals invested in RESON’s SeaBat technology, procuring their first SeaBat 7125SV2
  • Asv and Marine Electronics announced a new working partnership
  • Meantime, Systea’s WIZbuoy collected data from the Thames which could be seen in real time on their stand
  • Planet Ocean ltd and its Canadian principal, the newly launched Ocean Sonics Ltd have delivered the very first ic-Listen-HF, High Frequency Smart Hydrophone to Dr Merin Broudic of Swansea University at a small ceremony on their stand
  • Sonardyne International Ltd announced the creation of a new joint venture company with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The new company called Lumasys is to launch the first commercially available subsea optical communication system, BlueComm
  • Coda Octopus and Seatronics signed an initial investment worth over US$1.5 million to support the joint Technology Access Program, (TAP)
  • Bibby Marine has announced the acquisition of Osiris Projects by hosting a champagne reception on the dockside

The ever impressive and ergonomic Fugro stand

Many well know companies, institutions, associations and organisations’ with multi-purpose stands participated, included:

  • the IMO with the Publications’ Sector advising on the new books coming out in 2012 as well as the update of publications such as the CSC Convention, IMSBC Code and others during this year. Roberto Cheer and his team continue their success, in particular with the e-books, CD’s and electronic downloads and also the e-reader files which prove very successful.
  • The Institute of Marine Engineers Science and Technology (IMarEST) stand;
  • The well attended Society of Maritime Industries’ headed by its CEO John Murray;
  • The Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) of Greece;
  • Clarkson’s with its valuable publications – wonder if you have ever studied their Offshore Intelligence Monthly – a super tool for those appreciating the value of figures and reality!
  • The ever busy Konsgberg mega stand;
  • The ergonomic and well positioned Fugro – silently awarded the best stand over the last ten years;
  • The BP exploration – a very busy stand;
  • The Maritime Security pavilion – one of the best!
  • The Lamor stand with excellent assistance on …question time by Inge-Lise Richardson – no wonder the cliché Your il spill solution expert in Finland, China, The USA and UK, works ;
  • The International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPCF) one with compact publications;
  • The Hydrographic Society of the UK and its personnel very effectively tackling questions;

IMarEST's Dr. Beverley Mackenzie talking to students visitors

Due to the growing use of Maritime Technology and Ocean Science in sectors such as Maritime Renewables, Maritime Security and the Environment and given what the world goes through with Energy issues, Piracy and Terrorism, these matters where very well covered and attended.

It wasn’t only the exhibition hall that was packed, the conference sessions were well attended, as was the Careers Day; and 380 visited the “FS Borda”, with 789 people visiting the smaller vessels and seeing waterborne demonstrations of their onboard equipment. Given the good weather, particularly on the last day, the number visitors on the pier and …lagoon to see the demonstrations and visit the boats was double than last time round.

The three days had a  rather intense but a must-to-present, in my view,   Conference Programme divided in three main categories – one per day: Marine Renewables, Navigation and Positioning and UUVS. Metocean Requirements for Near-Shore Wave Farms, AIS for advanced maritime operations and Acoustic inspection of pipelines where amongst the nearly three dozen presentations, possible the best!  Viewers can log on Oceanology’s website next week and see some of the presentations. The newly launched conference “Catch the Next Wave”, which took place on 12 March, on the eve of Oceanology International 2012, was attended by over 160 delegates and featured inspirational presentations on disruptive technologies and where they are emerging in the marine sector.

Graham Hawkes receiving the award from Reeds Events Manager James Coleman

Congratulations to Graham Hawkes, who following his stimulating opening address at Catch the Next Wave, received the Oceanology International Lifetime Achievement Award;

Garry Mardell, who was presented with the SUT’s Alan Greig Memorial Prize, and Brendan Hyland, Chairman of WFS Technologies who won the AMSI Business Person of the Year Award.

Garry Mardell (right) receiving his award from Bill Loth

Lastly, the Press office  – commanded by Judith Pattern, was as always a nest for the Press with valuable information and the Organisers’ Reed Exhibitions Mariangela Giuliani did her utmost best to assist guests and delegates. The next even is scheduled to take place on 11-13 March 2014, so ink your diary in advance!



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