Nearly 190 exhibiting companies from 21 countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, UK, and USA – will be gathering in Shanghai on 3-5 September 2013 for the inaugural Oceanology International 2013 exhibition and conference being staged at INTEX.
“This demonstrates how eager the world is to work with China as it develops its rapidly expanding offshore energy and marine industries,” explains Event Director, James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions.
“China’s most recent five-year plan, the 12th Five-Year Plan, was the first ever to include a dedicated chapter on marine development, and the country is firmly established among the ranks of preferred partners for nations wishing to conduct join oceanography expeditions. Added to this, the Chinese government has boosted funding for oceanography, particularly in exploration, research and deep-sea technologies, and major marine science institutions award grants worth tens of millions of US dollars to lead studies into the geology and biology of key bodies of water like the South China Sea.
“These facts alone were enough to convince us that it was time to take Oceanology International, the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, that has been running since 1969, to China; and the reaction of companies from around the world has confirmed that our decision on content and timing was spot on, with international and national companies joining forces to fill the exhibition hall at INTEX in Shanghai. International participants such as C&C Technologies; Fugro; Teledyne Marine; iXBlue; Kongsberg Maritime and Sonardyne are amongst the impressive list at this first Chinese event, the only forum of its kind in Asia.
“We are looking forward to a highly successful three days next month in Shanghai.”
The exhibition and its free-to-attend conference are organised by Reed Exhibitions with the Ocean Observation Technology Branch of the Chinese Society of Oceanography (CSO). The CSO together with the National Ocean Technology Centre and China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association (COMRA) are host supporters; The Society for Underwater Technology is the event’s learned society patron; and the Society of Maritime Industries, IMCA; IMarEST; The Hydrographic Society; UK Trade & Investment; China-Britain Business Council and Schlumberger China Petroleum Institute, Beijing are all international supporters.
Broad range of exhibits
“The online exhibitor list at www.oichina.com.cn/exList.ejf?cmd=load&i18n=en includes a company description and also provides an interactive product and services guide to help visitors plan their visit to Oceanology International China 2013,” says James Coleman. “Importantly we also list the end user sectors served by our exhibitors – these include oil and gas, coastal engineering, aquaculture, renewable energy, ocean science, defence/security, desalination, telecommunications and the government services.
“Some of our exhibitors have been eager to highlight new products and services they will be launching or featuring at Oceanology International, and well known products that have reached significant milestones, these include the following,” he adds.
• Based on the famous time-tested Zero-Length Spring™ sensor technology, the Air-Sea System II Gravity Meter incorporates an advanced electronics system, user-friendly software, and a compact, self-contained sensor platform. Combining an intensive four-year design programme with over 35 years’ experience in marine and airborne gravity, the Air-Sea Gravity System II will offer capabilities unmatched by any stable-platform system currently in service. Fiber-Optic gyros, solid state accelerometers, and a tightly-integrated digital control system offer increased precision and greater reliability, even while running unattended. Air-Sea System II Gravity Meter is a technology from Micro-g LaCoste and featured on the Laurel Technologies Company Limited stand (C17).
• The SeaDep300 portable multi-beam bathymetric system will be highlighted by Beijing Tech-Innova Technology Co Ltd and its application for dredging, underwater engineering and other shallow water areas will be features. To solve the problems of the cumbersome installation and calibration of multi-beam bathymetric systems, the company will show how to use their multi-beam bathymetric system like using a signal beam system.
• The directional WaveRider MkIII, manufactured by Datawell, is the world’s standard for measuring wave height and wave direction. It offers real time measurement of wave height with half-hourly heave and directional spectra updates. Its GPS receiver for buoy positioning has now become a standard feature of the DWR-MkIII, and facilitates its retrieval. The buoy has an HF link up to 50km over sea. The proprietary Datawell HF link module is easily replaceable if a different transmission frequency is required. Its high capacity primary cells operate reliably and safely under all wave conditions and weather circumstances for up to three years without replacement. A built-in energy meter reports an accurate estimation of the remaining operating life. Datawell’s technologies are featured on the Laurel Technologies Company Limited stand, C17.
• FIO is a new emerging player with its first Bailong buoy deployment at 8oS, 100oE in the tropical Southeastern Indian Ocean on 25 February 2010. The real time data stream has been publically released on the RAMA webpage and has been available since 29 May 2010. The Bailong buoy provides a third complementary mooring system (after PMEL’s Atlas and JAMSTEC’s Triton systems) to better understand the broad spectrum of air-sea interactions over the equatorial eastern Indian ocean (EEIO) where variability associated with the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is especially pronounced.
• Cesium vapor performance is now available in a low cost, small size system for professional surveys in shallow or deep water. Good sensitivity and sample rates are maintained for all applications. The well-proven Cesium sensor is combined with a unique and new CM-221 Larmor counter and ruggedly packaged for small or large boat operation. Manufacturers Geometrics say “use your computer and standard printer with our MagLogLite™ software to log, display and print GPS position and magnetic field data”. The G-882SX is the lowest priced full range marine magnetometer system ever offered. Geometrics’ technologies are featured on the Laurel Technologies Company Limited stand, C17.
• Geotek will be featuring the world’s first x-ray computed tomography MSCL-SCT specially designed for sediments cores or rock cores taken from the deep ocean bed. Linear digital x-ray images can be collect on whole core, split core, or slabbed core sections. Automated rotation of lined core sections allows users to visualise and record 3D structures within the cores. These rotational images are used for computed tomographic (CT) reconstructions. X-ray CT imagining provides valuable quantitative data as well as information about core quality for sub-sampling or further analyses. Core sections up to 155cm in length and 15cm in diameter can be inserted into the standard MSCL-XCT. IFREMER, the Institut Franҫais de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer in Brest, France, ordered a Geotek containerized laboratory with a new MSCL-XCT which was delivered in January 2013.
• During the 4th Chinese National Arctic Research Expedition (2010) scientists sampled new species of plankton at depths of approx. 3,000m thanks to their new tools – Hydro-Bios Apparatebau GmbH’s Multi Plankton Sampler MultiNet. They created the 3,000m in China and say it is a milestone in the history of plankton investigation in China. Hydro-Bios Apparatebau GmbH is exhibiting alongside Qingdao Watertools Co.,Ltd on stand C05.
• The ‘Dragon’ returned to Xiamen and moored there on 12 July after successfully finishing the first phase of its trial survey. During the survey the ‘Dragon’ dived four times in succession, proving the technical stability of the diving vehicle and its superiority of performance. The long baseline positioning system worked well in this experimental survey. ‘Dragon’ is currently equipped with two sets of positioning system, LBL being more precise, and USBL which is more stable and cheaper. Both positioning systems are manufactured by iXBLUE of France, exhibiting on stand B25, and imported through Beijing’s Seismic Marine Technique Center (stand B45). The experiment shows only 2cm of mean square root deviation for LBL in stationary.
• Kraken Sonar has developed the AquaPix MINSAS™, the world’s first commercially available synthetic aperture sonar prices at less than US$300k. MINSAS™ is the next generation Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar designed for smaller diameter AUVs and towed fish. Depth rated to 3,000m, MINSAS™ is idea for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraints of AUVS. Kraken Sonar Systems Inc is on the LinkOcean booth at Oceanology International China 2013.
• What’s the distance to the seabed? How deep is my scour hole? What shape does it have? At what rate does sedimentation build up in my dam/reservoir? The answers to these questions are provided by the Nortek Scour Monitor – an instrument that measures the distance to the seabed along four downward looking narrow acoustic beams that fan out in a single axial plane. The novel Nortek Scour monitor offers unprecedented opportunities for online monitoring of changes in seabed level in the vicinity of a physical structure, along four acoustic beams with angles 10, 20, 30 and 45 degrees from the vertical. Seabed variations can thus be monitored as a function of time at distances 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 1.0 times the sensor height above the bottom.
• RS Aqua reports that in July 2013 they shipped the 500th WaveRadar Rex. Over the last 15 years WaveRadar Rex has become the standard wave, sea level and air-gap sensor of choice for the harsh offshore energy environment where its BASEEFAtex hazardous zone certification assures trouble free operation. Giving an idea of its reliability they cite the words of a FugroOceanor oceanographic engineer who said “The wave was the biggest we’ve ever seen out there” when describing how a 30m wave went right over the North Sea oil platform on which the company had installed a WaveRadar Rex. The sensor measured all of the wave that it could, and carried on working correctly despite the severe physical battering it received. LinkOcean, RS Aqua’s Chinese agent will display a WaveRadar Rex on their booth.
• The SBE911/917 Plus CTD manufactured by Sea-Bird Electronics Inc is the only system which can be used for CTD measurement in deep sea. The maximum depth of compression is 10,500m. It has a sampling rate of 24Hz – the high sampling rate can shorten the time of measurement. The system’s temperature, conductivity and quartz pressure sensor offers accuracy and stability. Each sensor is strictly calibrated, and calibration files are included in the system. The system’s underwater unit has a modular design which makes adding any of the eight available additional sensors convenient for installation and replacement. Sea-Bird’s SBE32 Carousel Water Sampler has adopted an innovative design featuring a magnetically activated lanyard release latch. Up to 36 sample bottles can be installed at the same time and are easy for the user to install and remove. Sea-Bird Electronics’ technologies are featured on the Laurel Technologies Company Limited stand, C17.
• Teledyne RDI’s patented BroadBand signal processing delivers very low-noise data, resulting in unparalleled data resolution and minimal power consumption; their patented 4-beam design improves data reliability by providing a redundant data source in the case of a blocked or damaged beam; improves data quality by delivering an independent measure known as error velocity; and improves data accuracy by reducing variance in clients’ data. The Teledyne RDI ADCP system has good adaptability for the depth of the water and sediment concentration of seasonal change. It has high reliability in terms of both quality and accuracy of measurement, and low rates of repair and does not need to be calibrated. It has chalked up sales in excess of 10,000 around the world, and more than 2,000 in China.
Press Release, August 13, 2013