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Subsea autonomy prominent at UDT 2015

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Autonomous systems will feature prominently at UDT 2015. UnmaAhoynned system activity in the subsea market is growing fast. The importance of unmanned systems is reflected in both the UDT exhibitor base, and in the conference stream. UDT 2015 will take place at the Ahoy Convention Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 3 – 5 June 2015. Rotterdam is a key maritime city and an important global maritime link for international naval forces and trade. This was illustrated recently when Rotterdam was visited by Chinese warships that had been tasked on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf.

The themes of the UDT conference are in concert with the direction that undersea tactics and the undersea industry are moving. ‘Underwater Capability for an Uncertain Future’ is the overall theme of the UDT 2015 conference.

Simon Williams, Chairman, Clarion Defence & Security, says, “The conference is renowned for its responsiveness to significant developments in the subsea environment, not least in countering the evolving threat portfolio. This fact is reflected in the 2015 agenda which encompasses submarine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, mine warfare, hydrography/environmental assessment and maritime security.”

Subsea developments have steadily increased in recent years. The principle driver for subsea growth is an increasing trend towards deepwater oil and gas and the emerging deep sea mining developments brought about by continued demand for oil, and the need to replace maturing shallow water basins as well as, the increasing demand for precious metals and marine renewable energy.

The growing importance of the subsea autonomous sector will be in evidence on the exhibition floor. French company ECA, exhibiting for the first time in 2015, design and manufacture a wide range of unmanned systems. Their subsea applications range from survey to inspections to mining to tracking of telecommunications and power cables. Among the solutions proposed by ECA Group, are autonomous and specifically designed systems that carry out a variety of inspection tasks from ultra-deep offshore oilfields to inspection of pipelines, risers and mooring lines.

Other first time exhibitors include,  NOVEK,  Avon Protection,  Image Soft,  STL Systemtechnik Ludwig,  STS Safe Tensioning Systems, and Ortega Submersibles.Ortega Submersibles, from the Netherlands, manufacture ‘The Ortega Explorer’ which is a high end, fast, single-person submersible designed for treasure hunting, archaeological research and other submersed adventures.

Returning exhibitors include ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GMBH,  Copper Alloys Ltd, MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH who are exhibiting for the first time outside Germany since 2010, and Abeking and RasmussenTeledyne RD Instruments are increasing their presence by nearly 20m², while other primes confirmed include Babcock International Group,  Saab and Atlas Elektronik GmbH.

DSIT Solutions has developed a Harbour Surveillance System that reliably detects, intercepts, and physically blocks intruders, including divers, swimmers, SDVs (swimmer delivery vehicles), submersibles and mines.

Other exhibitors include EvoLogics GmbH,  who specialise in underwater communication and positioning systems such as the EvoLogics Sonobot – an autonomous unmanned surface vehicle for hydrographic surveys. It was developed to provide surveyors, service providers and researchers with a smart lightweight solution for hydrographic surveys and other applications in harbours and inland waters. Kongsberg Defence Systems,  leaders in submarine and surface ship combat systems and mine counter-measures systems have developed C Inspector; a multipurpose ROV which combines the autonomous features from an AUV with the interactive capabilities of a ROV. It can be used for inspection, interactive threat identification and intercept.

For more information on UDT visit www.udt-global.com                                

About UDT

UDT 2015 will be the 28th edition.  UDT is the only dedicated undersea defence technology conference and exhibition, bringing together naval procurement specialists, defence scientists and key technology providers for discussion, networking and the examination of new technology. The event, which is staged in Europe and Asia, covers the entire spectrum of undersea defence and security technology and the emphasis is very much on preparing for the future by identifying today the factors that are shaping the future of undersea security.

About Clarion Events Limited

Clarion Events is the largest independent and one of the top three events organising companies in the United Kingdom, running exhibitions, conferences and seated events across Britain, Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia. Clarion’s business-to-business and business-to-consumer events serve 15 different market sectors including: defence & security, leisure, entertainment, finance, retail, gaming, fine art and energy. To learn more, please visit www.clarionevents.com

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