Ocean Business 2015 - programme launched and registration now open

3 December 2014

Ocean Business 2015 is delighted to announce that registration is now open. This coincides with the recent news that over 300 exhibition stands have sold; offering the greatest mix of technology, business and training yet.

Ocean Business 2015 will take place at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton from 14-16 April 2015 and is expected to welcome over 5,000 visitors from over 65 countries.

Since its launch in 2007, the show has grown year on year, 2013 saw well over 4,000 visitors and over 2,000 bookings for the training and demonstration sessions. Of these visitors, 38% came from outside the UK, proving the show is recognised as a key international event.

The show organiser, Versha Carter, comments: "We have followed the same winning formula as previous events with an international exhibition and a three-day programme of hands-on training and demonstration sessions. This format really works as buyers can meet face-to-face and actually test drive equipment before purchasing. Visitors can also look forward to hearing the very latest in the industry at the Offshore Survey conference, find out more about a career opportunities at Ocean Careers, as well as attending an amazing line-up of social events and associated meetings - visitors will be spoilt for choice!"

The Offshore Survey conference running alongside the show addresses the technical and business issues facing the global field of offshore surveying. The recent Call for Papers has had an overwhelming response and a full conference programme will be available to view online in December 2014. There is a fee to attend the conference.

The social programme is already starting to take shape and tickets are now on sales for the social highlight of the week - a gala dinner to be held at Southampton's Guildhall on 15th April. The gala dinner is always a sell-out so early booking is recommended.

A highlight of the show will undoubtedly be the Training and Demonstration programme, which gives visitors a chance to see products in action and actually put them to the test.  

With over 180 hours of free training and demonstration sessions, visitors are offered an unparalleled opportunity to learn a staggering amount about the latest products, technologies and techniques from the industry's best. Sessions are held in a test tank, in dockside waters, onboard vessels and in classrooms.

Cheri Arvonio, Ocean Business' event manager, commented: "This year we have been overwhelmed by demand for training and demonstration sessions - it says a lot about the success of Ocean Business and the industry as a whole that we have so many companies eager to demonstrate their technologies. We're also expecting a good number of vessels at this year's show, and I'm excited to say there are many exciting and innovative products to be presented during the training and demonstration sessions." 

As well as new products, there are also a number of companies new to the training and demonstration programme. These include biodiversity information specialist, Proteus; ROV video systems expert, Outland Technology; laser particle sizer manufacturer, Sequoia and Kraken Sonar with its ultra-high resolution sonar technology, to name a few.  

Companies such as Topcon and RIEGL will be demonstrating clever new aerial technologies for coastal mapping, with Topcon presenting its new fixed wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and RIEGL demonstrating airborne laser scanning systems for topo-hydrographic surveying. An autonomous survey boat will be introduced by Ocean science in a multibeam echo sounder demonstration and other high-tech information companies such as OceanWise will be discussing options for sharing and publishing environmental data for tidal monitoring systems.  

Some of the industry's biggest players will be offering a combination of live demonstrations and classroom opportunities, so visitors can understand technology and technique, as well as actually 'road-test' them. Some such as Kongsberg Maritime, will be presenting at almost hourly intervals onboard the Bill Conway on the first day of the show, to give visitors the best opportunity to learn about its technologies. Peter Bennett, Business Manager, Kongsberg Maritime commented: "Ocean Business is a key exhibition for us and the demonstrations offer an excellent opportunity to introduce our latest product innovations to the market. The event is highly focused and we're looking forward to another successful show in 2015."

As in previous years, all sessions are free to attend. Visitors may book their attendance in advance by contacting the company hosting the session or simply turn up on the day and book onto a session on a first come, first served basis.  

For registration at this year's Ocean Business and to see this year's training and demonstration programme, please visit www.oceanbusiness.com

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