Oceanology International 2018, bigger and better than ever

It is only a couple of weeks to go until Oceanology International 2018 (Oi18) opens at ExCeL London, from 13-15 March.

Established as the world’s leading forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the ocean technology and marine science communities, Oi18 is set to break previous show records with even more international exhibitors and visitors registered than ever before. Oi18 already has over 500 exhibitors from over 79 countries confirmed for the show which is set to break the 46% overseas attendance record achieved at Oi16.

Packed Conference Over the three day Oi18, many industry experts will take centre stage in The Technical Tracks conference programme. The full conference programme will include talks from:

• Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager, Marine Robotic Systems, Sonardyne International Ltd talks about combining the use of Unmanned Surface Vessels and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles. The audience will learn about advances on Unmanned Maritime Systems and discover how acoustics / optical comms and inertial navigation systems can combine to link those platforms together and improve operations.

• Thor Hukkelås, Director Aquaculture R&D, Kongsberg Maritime will share some of the innovative technology being implemented on the new Ocean Farm 1 - The world’s first ‘smart’ offshore fish farm.

For many speakers it will be their first time presenting at Oi18, reflecting Oceanology International’s on-going relevance as a must-attend meeting point for commercial, government and academic organisations operating in diverse ocean industries, regardless of where they are based.

Oi18 is also home to ‘Catch The Next Wave’ , a full day forum which takes place on 15 March in association with The Explorers Club. ‘Frontiers of Exploration’ will highlight how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology, with consequent benefits to society and the protection of the natural environment. The day will include a talk from Rory Golden , an experienced deep sea diver and his discovery of the Titanic’s wheel and Pen Hadow, Director of Arctic Mission & 90º North Unit who will discuss advocacy work dedicated to securing a protected area for the wildlife and ecosystem in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean.

Outside Excel

Oi18 will feature an extended dockside programme, with more vessel and product then previous years. As part of this, there will be opportunity to participate in the demonstrations at the event’s waterside exhibitor area on the Royal Victoria Dock. Exhibitors taking part in demonstrations for the dockside area of Oi18 have been confirmed as Braveheart, Briggs Marine & Environmental Services, CMS-Geotech Ltd, Deep Trekker, iXblue, Nord Slovakia, Norbit, R2Sonic, RTsys, Seafloor Systems, Sonardyne, Sound Metrics Corporation and Teledyne Marine.

New IT Focus

Ocean ICT Expo is a brand new showcase at Oi18, focusing on the IT, communications and data solutions that form the technical foundation for modern ocean space research and industry. Encompassing technologies across the satellite, communications, data and connectivity sectors including earth observation, cloud storage, visualisation and analytics, Ocean ICT is set to bring together hundreds of highly targeted Data and IT professionals looking to procure specialist solutions, alongside the traditional Oceanology International audience.

It’s not too late to book a free ticket to attend Oceanology International 2018 at: www.oceanologyinternational.com/register

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