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Record breaking Oceanology International
Unaudited figures show that approximately 8,400 attended Oceanology International 2014 (OI2014), an increase of 10% over 2012.

Exhibitor figures at the world’s largest marine technology and ocean science show were higher than ever before with 528 exhibiting companies from 35 countries.

Vessel movements in the display area outside the show also proved a record-breaker with 148 movements during the three days with 1198 people aboard (902 of them visitors) and a record number of 13 visiting vessels.

Full, and audited, figures including the number and breakdown of countries, will be available in mid April on the Oceanology International website www.oceanologyinternational.com

By the close of play on 13 March 190 exhibiting companies had reserved over 5,000m2 of space for Oceanology International 2016 which will take place on 15-17 March 2016 at the ExCeL centre.

In addition to a vast number of launches at the show – many of which can be read about in the online preview at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Exhibitor-Directory/News-Products--Services-at-OI/ there were reports in plenty from exhibitors during the show:

DeepOcean UK announced the company has entered into a 7 year charter agreement with Maersk Supply Services for a new build next generation cable lay vessel. The vessel is the DOC 8500, a Damen Offshore Carrier which has been designed specifically to suit DeepOcean’s requirements

Zupt, LLC Houston, TX announced that they have entered into an agreement with Sagem (Safran) for the development of the subsea hydrographic and oil and gas market for the Sagem BlueNaute product range, including standard subsea heading, pitch, roll and heave products as well as aided inertial options (USBL smoothing an Spaqrse LBL) to be combined within the subsea BlueNaute products

Romica Engineering signed Steller Systems as their preferred Naval Architecture support provider

Fugro announced one of its first actions under their ‘Growth through Leadership’ strategy – the launch of a new marine training centre to address the training and development needs of its operational staff. Located on the Helford River in Cornwall it offers easy access to the English Channel and has a rich marine industry infrastructure at hand. The quayside facilities include classrooms, offices and a workshop

The opening day of OI2014 saw Teledyne Marine hold a press conference to present the organisation. Between them the 13 companies that make up the Teledyne Marine Group are thought to serve almost every sector in the industry, and so the Group was able to launch some significant new products during the opening day press conference, including Saturn AHRS (Attitude and Heading Reference System) and INS (Inertial Navigation System)

XPRIZE introduced the $2m Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE as well as some of the teams that are competing along with an analysis of the potential post-prize impact on the ocean services – to their amazement they signed up half a dozen teams at the show

AutoNaut, the newly launched wave propelled vesse3l for ocean research built by MOST (Autonomous Vessels) Ltd reported high interest levels

BMT ARGOSS announced a joint initiative with the Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, and Oceanweather Inc, to help support oil and gas majors with offshore engineering design and operational planning in the mid-Atlantic region

Kongsberg GeoAcoustics (E600) has sold and delivered a new GeoSwath Compact 500 kttz to GSE Rentals (C500). The system is the latest in shallow water bathymetry and GSE is the first rental company to add this equipment to their pool of hydrographic survey solutions

The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has taken final delivery of an unprecedented contract awarded to Applied Acoustic Engineering (AAE) for the supply of a large number of USBL, tracking systems and associated equipment

RS Aqua, as UK distributor for Liquid Robotics, reported that OI week sees the arrival of the first two, new-generation, model SV3 Wave Gliders destined for ocean and coastal data-gathering operations with leading UK research organisations. The vehicles are heading for CEFAS in Lowestoft and the NOC in Southampton

Teledyne Webb Research has delivered a total of six Slocum turbulence measurement gliders to NOC Liverpool, Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht and New York University

Deekay Marine Services from India issued a purchase order to EdgeTech, USA for the EdgeTech 6205 bathymetry system, introduced at the show

Bibby Remote Intervention Limited has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM light-construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs to its operation

Further news can be found in the show dailies online in pdf format at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Media-Centre/Show-daily-2014/

Awards at Oceanology International
Three now traditional and important awards were presented the day before Oceanology International opened at the Catch the Next Wave conference

Dr Rick Spinrad received the OI Lifetime Achievement Award; Roger Scrivens of RS Aqua was named AMSI Business Person of the Year, and Dr Colin Grant was presented with the Alan Greig Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to commercial operational oceanography. The citations for each can be found on the Catch the Next Wave website at www.ctnwconference.com/2014-Awards-/ website

Spillex at Oceanology International
The launch of the Spillex Zone at Oceanology International 2014 was the result of the ongoing cooperation between the UK Spill Association (UKSpill) and Reed Exhibitions, Energy & Marine Group.

This followed the successful co location of Interspill 2012, where UKSpill is a key element, with Oceanology International, both in 2006 and 2012.

The opportunity for development of Spillex, as an exhibition platform for the spill industry, was to build on its synergies with Marine Science, which had been demonstrated at previous editions of Interspill held alongside Oceanology International.

At this initial event, UKSpill led with a pavilion, showcasing both member companies, Fosse Liquitrol, Wilton Biotechnologies and Opec together its EU project partners, Project Netmar, from Porto University in Portugal, and from the Kill Spill project, EPE from Greece and Ecots from Italy. In addition, another 20 UKSpill member and other companies, both from the UK and from across Europe, exhibited within Spillex Zone.

Roger Mabbott, Executive Director of UKSpill, said that this level of support for Spillex, as a new venture, was more than proof that this cooperation with Reed is both a success for its members and partners, and a base to develop in the future.

Full information on all aspects of OI2014 and Spillex is online at www.oceanologyinternational.com

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