Record-breaking Oceanology International

01 Feb 2016
Briggs Marine’s coastal survey vessel Solent Guardian, one of a number of specialist craft on show at Oceanology International

Briggs Marine’s coastal survey vessel 'Solent Guardian', one of a number of specialist craft on show at Oceanology International

Now in its 47th year, this customary three-day biennial event at London’s ExCel exhibition and conference centre from 15-17 March will once more provide an essential forum for the global oceanographic industries

Organised by Reed Exhibitions partnered by the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), it is supported by, among others, IMarEST, IMCA, The Society of Maritime Industries and The Hydrographic Society UK.  More than 8,400 professionals from 82 countries are expected at the free-to-attend venture which will feature over 520 exhibitors and six national pavilions hosted by Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and the US.

As usual, hydrography will be among the main conference topics with sessions on multibeam sonar, GNSS positioning, optical and laser imaging and acoustics featuring invited presentations on the opening day by speakers from Coda Octopus, Fugro, Sonardyne, Total and Veripos.  Following later deliberations on unmanned vehicle and vessel applications, there will also be a closing day session on geophysics and geotechnics at which a number of key issues will be examined by experts from ASV, BP Exploration, British Geological Survey, Fugro, Gardline, the National Oceanography Centre and other organisations.

Outside the main conference and exhibition arenas will be an array of survey and support craft open for inspection while various dockside demonstrations promised include vessels from Briggs Marine, Emma Technologies, Kongsberg Maritime and Norbit Subsea with its 40ft jet-powered catamaran, Ahoy Freedom.  In addition to  investor workshops, among many other fringe events is a Careers Day programme on 17 March jointly organised by the SUT and IMarEST.  Free registration is open to students, graduates and post-graduates seeking informed opportunities and guidance in marine science and related fields.

Ahead of the main OI event on 14 March is an exclusive one-day conference at the Royal Institution which will focus on next-generation robotics and what the marine industry can learn from its aerospace, medical and automotive counterparts.

By David Goodfellow