Registration is now open for Oceanology International 2012 (ExCeL, London, 13-15 March 2012), the biennial global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community with the aim of improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world's oceans.
The exhibition is larger than ever before with more international pavilions than there have ever been at the show; and the multi-streamed conference is at a highly advanced stage. Both the exhibition and conference are free to attend - online registration is at www.oceanologyinternational.com.
"We are delighted both by the increased size of the show, already larger already than the previous event in 2010 and continuing to grow, and by the increase in the number of pavilions - no mean feat in straitened economic times, but it speaks volumes about activity in industry activity in the sectors using various aspects of oceanology," says Exhibition Manager, James Coleman from Reed Exhibitions' Energy & Marine Group. "This year we have chalked up a significant ‘first', we have two American pavilions one organised directly with the participating companies and the other by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) - the first time there has ever been a US pavilion. We also have two pavilions from Canada (our long-standing pavilion from Atlantic Canada and the other by Ocean Networks Canada); as well as pavilions from France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.
"It is not purely on the geographical side that we have pavilions. Others highlight some of the different aspects of Oceanology International whose exhibitors serve the interests of over a dozen different industry sectors. These new pavilions include one devoted to the offshore renewable energy sector; the Maritime Security pavilion run partnership with the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) - this pavilion will also host the SMI and stand; the ADC UK Dive pavilion providing opportunities to companies involved in commercial diving with an information point, hosted by ADC, to help visitors quickly and easily identify suppliers; and the First Time Exhibitors pavilion."
All-embracing free to attend conference
The Oceanology International free-to-attend conference will feature six one-day conferences on the key technology areas and the key industry sectors engaging with marine science and ocean technology. The topics coming under the conference spotlight over the three days are: Hydrography and Geophsics; Marine Renewables; Maritime Security; Navigation and Postioning; Ocean Observation and Forecasting; and Oil and Gas. Outline information on the sessions is available at www.oceanologyinternational.com/page.cfm/link=101
As chairman of the conference, Professor Ralph Rayner explains: "Oceanology is a unique event. Nowhere else does such a diversity of providers of ocean technology, intermediaries who create ocean information products and end-users who depend on ocean knowledge interact.
"With conference strands covering key science and technology areas set alongside parallel sessions concerned with the delivery of benefits to end-users, Oceanology 2012 is set to provide a wealth of information about emerging capabilities and examples of their practical use.
"The addition of a supporting conference, linking disruptive technologies with examples of how they are beginning to impact on marine applications, adds an exciting new dimension ‘Catch the Next Wave', with its theme ‘Tomorrow's solutions to today's ocean challenges' is being held Monday 12 March at The Royal Institution of Great Britain - see www.oceanologyinternational.com/catchthenextwave.]
"It has never been more important to understand how to safely and economically develop ocean resources at the same time as protecting the marine environment," he adds. "The exchange of ideas and experience at Oceanology International 2012 will make an important contribution to these goals."
Conference 'who's who'
The Hydrography and Geophysics session is chaired by Andy Hill, Maritime Geohazard Technical Authority, BP Exploration; Marine Renewables is chaired by Alan Moore, Non-Executive Chairman of Partnerships for Renewables Ltd, and Chairman of Ventus2 VVCT plc; and Rob Balloch, Strategic Business Development Director, Sonardyne chairs the Maritime Security session; Navigation and Positioning is chaired by independent consultant for Swan Consultants Ltd. and International Sales Manager for C&C Technologies Ed Danson.
Zdenka Willis, Director, NOAA Integrated Ocean Observation chairs the Ocean Observation and Forecasting session; and Oil and Gas is chaired by Colin Grant, Advisor & SETA - Metocean BP - Subsea & Floating Systems Upstream Engineering Centre.
The outline programme is now online showing that Day 1 will feature Marine Renewables and Navigation and Positioning sessions; Day 2 is devoted to Maritime Security and Oil and Gas; and Day 3 to Hydrography and Geophysics and Ocean Observation and Forecasting with the full conference programme due for publication in early December.
Traditional aspects of Oceanology International such as the visiting vessels and demonstrations programme; and education day for graduates and under-graduates are in the planning stage and continue to play a vital role in the long-standing event.
Interspill 2012 - the spill conference and exhibition - runs alongside Oceanology International and is completely sold out following two stages of expansion. The conference programme comprises an opening plenary session; sessions on regulation/legislation, compensation and 'Cold Climate' issues; wildlife; and technology development session; as well as case studies on response logistics, subsurface dispersion, in situ burning and HNS response. The Call for Papers closed recently and the full conference programme will be available early in January.
There is an offshore forum on 14 March; a science workshop running on 13-14 March; spill industry seminar on 14-15 March; and short courses running alongside the exhibition and conference. Information is available at www.interspill.com and online registration is now open.
Interspill 2012 is organised by its Steering Committee, through Interspill Ltd, comprising hosts, UKSPILL, with SYCOPOL, NOSCA and EuroSpill from the European spill industry, together with IPIECA representing the global oil industry, and EMSA representing the European Community; and also supported by IMO, IOPC, CEDRE and ITOPF. It also has support from the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, with Oil Spill Response Ltd who have committed to long term sponsorship of the event. The scope of this group illustrates the support Interspill has gained from the industry and governmental and inter governmental sources, and its ambition to become a key international event for those concerned with oil and HNS spills.
Oceanology International 2010 attracted 6938 people from 75 countries over three days (a 4.4% increase on the 2008 figure). They filled the conference halls and ensured busy stands and aisles throughout the exhibition with its 530+ exhibiting companies, visited the vessels moored alongside the exhibition hall, and benefited from the networking events.
Oceanology International is held in association with the Society for Underwater Engineers and is supported by the Hydrographic Society, IMarEST, IMCA, Marine Technology Society, RenewableUK and the Society of Maritime Industries.
Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International 2012 is available from www.oceanologyinternational.com