The inaugural Oceanology International China exhibition and conference being held in Shanghai from Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 September, will get off to a flying start with a powerful plenary session on the morning of Tuesday 3 September.
In a conference session chaired by Professor Ralph Rayner Sector Director, Energy and Environment, BMT Group Ltd and Chairman, Sonardyne International Ltd, confirmed keynote speakers on the show’s opening morning include Captain Don Walsh, USN (Retired), International Maritime Inc and Honorary President, The Explorers Club; Dr Bernard Montaron, Director, Schlumberger China Petroleum Institute; and Professor Weicheng Cui, Research Professor and Dean, Hadal Science and Technology Research Center, Shanghai Ocean University.
“The Oceanology International China conference has been developed with the Chinese Society of Oceanography and the Society for Underwater Technology, including the head of the SUT China brand, Professor Menglan Duan, Professor at the Chinese University of Petroleum,” explains Event Director, James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions Ltd.
“Launching this new event in co-operation with government and industry bodies ensures a unique forum for connecting with China’s vitally important and rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries, and we have a world-class conference which we know will be of interest to industry, academia and government representatives.
“We are particularly excited about bringing together two keynote speakers who share a practical interest in hadal zone exploration. In 1960 Don Walsh, with Jacques Piccard, dived in Trieste to the deepest place in the world ocean – 35,840 ft in the Mariana Trench, and his interest continues to this day, and Professor Cui is involved with the current Jiaolong deep manned submersible project. In Dr Montaron we have a speaker who will impress on our audience the key role oceanology plays in offshore oil and gas exploration and production.
“The conference is free to attend for all involved with marine technology and ocean science who, we are confident, will find it invaluable for improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans.”
The afternoon of Tuesday 3 September has been allocated for exhibition visits – over 85% of the exhibition space has been sold to over 150 companies from 20 countries, including United Kingdom, United States and British Columbia (Canada) pavilions.
Getting to grips with technology and measurement
The event stays open throughout the three days; and Wednesday 4 September is a particularly busy conference day, with a full day of sessions devoted to Ocean Observation Systems and Instrumentation (chaired by Professor Ralph Rayner); and similarly a full day devoted to Underwater Vehicle Technology (chaired by Ian Gallett, Business Development Manager, Society for Underwater Technology). Thursday’s conference session will be devoted to Offshore Survey and Geophysics.
Press Release, June 27, 2013