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Subsea mining in the conference spotlight at Oceanology International 2014

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James Coleman

James ColemanDeep Sea Min

Subsea mining is in the news as well as on the agendas of an increasing number of companies around the globe. On Friday 7 February the Deep Sea Mining Bill, which seeks to bring forward greater regulations to the emerging industry, with an emphasis placed on protecting the marine environment, was given an unopposed second reading in the UK’s House of Lords.  It is therefore no wonder that this is a topic that is firmly on the conference agenda at Oceanology International 2014 (OI 2014), the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology taking place Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 March 2014 at London’s ExCeL.

“With high commodity prices driving a resurgence of interest in ocean mining, there are new and exciting applications being created for ocean technologies, ” explains Event Director, James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions. “It is these applications and challenges for the marine industries that OI 2014 aims to address, discuss and debate in this dedicated panel discussion on Subsea Mining on the opening day of the show. It is interesting to read accounts of the passage of the Bill – in the debate Foreign Office spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire said amendments to existing deep sea mining laws would show the UK is willing to do business internationally and would prevent it from losing out to other states which welcome firms. Ours is a global event attracting companies and individuals from over 70 countries, but it is good to know that our own government is taking international possibilities resulting from subsea mining so seriously.”

The afternoon session on Tuesday 11 March will be chaired by James A.R. McFarlane Executive Vice President- International Submarine Engineering, International Submarine Engineering Research Office and feature four presentations:

  • Pacific Manganese Nodules 2020, Professor David Cronan, Emeritus Professor of Marine Geochemistry, Imperial College and previous chair of SUT Ocean Resources Committee
  • Developments in Ocean Mining Exploration, Duncan Cunningham, Director, UK Seabed Resources
  • Underwater Mineral Extraction – With 20/20 Vision?, Dr Stef Kapusniak, Business Development Manager – Mining, Soil Machine Dynamics
  • Responsible Deep Sea Mining: The International Marine Minerals Society’s Marine Mining Code, Dr Philoméne Verlann, Senior Technical Advisor, IMarEST

Also on the conference scene
Ocean science and technology lie at the very heart of OI 2014, with the conference programme picking up on each major technology strand featured in the exhibition. As well as the traditional areas – ocean observing systems, hydrography, geophysics, and site investigation; and dealing with UUV development, there are two new conference programmes this year – underwater positioning and metrology; and underwater communications.

Oil & gas ‘Operating in Extreme Environments’; maritime security; and the rapidly expanding world of marine renewables also come under the conference spotlight. Subsea mining is one of three topical panel discussions – an introduction for OI 2014 – looking at areas which are creating a growing demand for marine science and technology, the other two being aquaculture, and subsea mining.

Subsea Mining in the Exhibition
Established in 1969, Oceanology International attracts those involved with all aspects of marine science and technology from all over the globe – total attendance was 7, 669 in 2012. The exhibition this year is the largest ever with the 520 exhibiting companies from over 35 countries taking an additional 10% more space than at the record-breaking 2012 event.

The exhibitor directory on the show’s website at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Exhibitor-Directory/# categorises exhibits – with many of the products and services that are invaluable in the developing subsea mining sector being amongst the options available.

Visitors can also see an array of vessels dockside, and dockside demonstrations; and there is an expanding programme of associated events run by supporting organisations.

Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International, and free online registration, is at www.oceanologyinternational.com


About Oceanology International
Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. Established in 1969, Oceanology International features the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, multiple agenda-setting technical conferences, and a visiting vessels and waterside demonstration programme.

The Oceanology International portfolio includes
Oceanology International China 2013 (held 3-5 September 2013, INTEX Shanghai, China): this launch event was developed with the local government and industry associations and provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. The next Oceanology International China event will take place 3-5 September 2014 in Shanghai. For more details: www.oichina.com.cn/en

Oceanology International 2014 (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Over 550 international exhibitors and 8, 000 attendees are expected to take part in this global forum. Eight one-day conferences and three panel discussion on key industry topics will take place during the three days of the show, as well as waterside demonstrations. For more details: www.oceanologyinternational.com

Spillex (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Spillex is a dedicated area inside the Oceanology International 2014 exhibition hall and features the latest technology and service solutions for assessing the potential of spill related impacts, mitigating against and, if necessary, responding to them. For more details: www.oceanologyinternational.com/Spillex/

Catch the Next Wave conference (10 March 2014, London): at this international conference, now in its second year, global experts will speak about disruptive technologies and where they are emerging in the marine sector. The first Houston-based Catch the Next Wave conference will be held in Autumn 2014. For more details:  www.ctnwconference.com

Oceansp@ce: Oceansp@ce is an online and free-of-charge resource which delivers hand-picked news from the world to the marine science and ocean technology community. For more details: www.oceanspacenews.com

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