PAST The National Oceanography Centre Ocean Business Showcase

During Ocean Business 2017 The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will be opening its doors to thousands of visitors from around the world. Alongside this unmissable international event the NOC will be showcasing how its cutting edge scientific research, technology development and world-class facilities can be used to underpin the global ocean industry by helping to solve the many challenges faced as our economies become increasingly reliant on our oceans.

These sessions will take place in the Seminar room located on the fourth floor of the National Oceanograhy Centre. 

Tuesday 4 April 2017 

1030-1130 -   FixO3  Innovation Meets Industry,

Hosted by Nick O'Neill (SLR Consulting) Prof. Richard Lampitt (NOC)

The workshop involves one to one meetings with innovative companies operating in ocean observation to identify barriers to commercialisation. This is being organised by SLR Environmental Consulting (Ireland) Ltd., a partner in the FixO3  Horizon 2020 project. The Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO3) seeks to integrate European open ocean fixed point observatories and to improve access to these key installations for the broader community.”

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1200 – 1300 - South Coast Marine Cluster – Access to world-class institutes and sector-leading, innovative companies

Hosted by Mr Kevin Forshaw Associate Director Innovation and Enterprise  

The South Coast Marine Cluster builds on a rich maritime heritage, hundreds of kilometres of coastline, world-renowned research institutions and a large and growing network of sector-leading, innovative marine companies. This session will tell you you can work with the cluster to underpin and support your business activities

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1330 – 1430 - NOC Sensor and Instrumentation Development and future roadmap
Hosted by Prof Matt Mowlem (NOC) 

During this session Prof Matt Mowlem, Head of NOC’s Ocean Technology and Engineering Group will be presenting NOC's Sensor & Instrumentation Development and future roadmap.  The Ocean Technology and Engineering group at NOC develop sensor and instruments for environmental monitoring and engage industry in a variety of ways, including licensing technology and collaborative R&D projects. 2017 will be another key year, seeing NOC developed technologies made available commercially through partners and deployed on marine autonomous systems, landers, moorings and platforms for science.This presentation will highlight the group’s latest work and give a view on future direction.

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1500 – 1600 - Unlocking the power of X-Band as a coastal development and management tool
Hosted by Dr Cai Bird (Marlan Maritime Technologies) and Dr Dave McCann (NOC)
Shore-based marine radar systems have recently proved to be an excellent tool for gathering a wealth of hydrographic, hydrodynamic and environmental data for a variety of scientific and industrial applications. Following significant research and development effort at The NOC and other partner institutions in the UK and further afield, a single marine radar sensor can gather information on; subtidal bathymetry down to 30-50 m, near-surface currents, intertidal topography, wave spectra and wave statistics. Along with this crucial hydrographic data, the radar can provide information on bird and marine mammal activity in the area while continuing to act as a vessel traffic observation and management tool. This session will provide an overview of the capabilities and services provided by The NOC and Marlan Maritime Technologies.

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Wednesday 5 April 2017 

1030 – 1130 - Lithium Sulfur Pressure Tolerant Batteries for Marine Autonomous Systems

Hosted by Paul Edwards (Steatite)

As part of an innovate UK project, the NOC is working with Steatite, Oxis and MSubs to develop a pressure tolerant battery pack for Marine Autonomous Systems and other deep sea applications, using novel lithium sulfur technology. At this session you will be able to hear about the latest developments on the project and discuss your potential user needs from this innovative new technology that will offer extended battery life and improved safety over current lithium batteries on the market.

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1200 – 1300 - Decommissioning of oil and gas installations 
Hosted by Dr Dan Jones (NOC) Prof Matt Mowlem (NOC) Mr Peter Collinson 

There are 475 oil & gas installations in UK seas that will have to be decommissioned. By 2018 over 50 of these will be approaching or entering decommissioning. The OSPAR Convention prohibits the dumping, and leaving wholly or partly in place, of most offshore installations (OSPAR Decision 98/3), although some large structures are exempt (derogation cases). Given the large number of impending decommissioning cases, there is a clear need for a highly efficient survey and monitoring procedure that limits potential costs but also fits the regulators' needs. Recent advances in marine autonomy offer the prospect of substantial efficiency gains over current practise, but now require the development of effective and efficient approaches for decommissioning monitoring, which will be provided by this project.

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1330 – 1430 - EMSOdev Technology workshop
Hosted by Diarmuid O'Conchubhair (Marine Institute or Ireland)

The technology workshop will briefly present on the work carried out by EMSOdev with regard to the design, integration and trial deployments of the project monitoring equipment designed for deployment on a variety of subsea installations such as in-situ observatories and moorings. Once the EMSOdev overview has been made the floor will be opened to attendees with the aim of collecting views from the ocean observing community and wider stakeholder/end-user communities.  


Further background information on EMSOdev and the EGIM (EMSO Generic Instrument Module) is available on the website:

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1500 – 1600 - Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)

Hosted by Prof Ed Hill OBE Executive Director (NOC)

For more than a decade, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, POGO, has served as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems. POGO is an international network of collaborators who foster partnerships that advance efficiency and effectiveness in studying and monitoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. Through its efforts, POGO has promoted observations underpinning ocean and climate science, interpreted scientific results for decision makers, provided training and technology transfer to emerging economies, and built awareness of the many challenges still ahead.

This presentation will be given by Professor Ed Hill, Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre and recent member of the POGO Executive Committee.  It will afford you the opportunity to hear about the strategic priorities of POGO.

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Thursday 6 April 2016 

1030 – 1130 - Marine Information  - translating research models into applications

Host Dr Zoe Jacobs (NOC) Dr Justin Buck (NOC) Dr Tom Prime (NOC)

The NOC produces modeled data for ocean research at this session we’ll be discussing how you can utilise this data for industry applications

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1200 -1300 Arctic Shipping Lanes
Hosted by Dr Yevgeny Aksenov (NOC)

The rapid Arctic summer sea ice reduction in the last decade has led to debates in the maritime industries on the possibility of an increase in cargo transportation in the region. Average sailing times on the North Sea Route along the Siberian Coast have fallen from 20 days in the 1990s to 11 days in 2012– 2013, attributed to easing sea ice conditions along the Siberian coast. However, the economic risk of exploiting the Arctic shipping routes is substantial. Here a detailed high-resolution projection of ocean and sea ice to the end of the 21st century forced with the RCP8.5 IPCC emission scenario is used to examine navigability of the Arctic sea routes. In summer, opening of large areas of the Arctic Ocean previously covered by pack ice to the wind and surface waves leads to Arctic pack ice cover evolving into the Marginal Ice Zone. The emerging state of the Arctic Ocean features more fragmented thinner sea ice, stronger winds, ocean currents and waves. By the mid 21st century, summer season sailing times along the route via the North Pole are estimated to be 13–17 days, which could make this route as fast as the North Sea Route. We present analysis of the Arctic navigational hazards from sea ice, waves, icebergs and bergy bits (growlers) and discuss the requirements the hazards monitoring system for the navigation in the Arctic. Lastly, the assessment of the potential oil spills impacts on the Arctic environment from the ship accidents along the shipping lanes is given. 

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Tour of NOC’s Engineering and Testing Services and NOC Calibration Facility Tours

Two tours of each facility will take place each day on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April  at Ocean Business  – 2pm and 3pm –  to Sign up for these tours visit the  Ocean Business Training and Demontration Programme by clicking here  or on the day at the Traninig and Demonstration sign up desk on the show floor.

Tour Outlines 

NOC’s Engineering and Testing Services

The NOC can offer a complete ocean engineering service to industry to help  solve the problems that cannot typically be solved through traditional industry partners / suppliers.  With our unique expertise in marine engineering innovation NOC can help industry solve those challenges that will enable them to operate in more extreme environments, more robustly and for longer. We can offer, consultancy, design, manufacture and testing of complete systems or component parts. We have extensive testing equipment including pressure chambers and a systems reliability lab. During this session you will be able to view these facilities and speak with NOC engineers about the range of services on offer.


NOC Calibration Facility Tours

The National Oceanography Centre has recently recommissioned its state-of-the-art sensor calibration facility and is making it available for use by external customers. The facility has the ability to calibrate an extensive range of commercially available sensors and instruments. During these sessions you will have the opportunity to view the facilities and speak with the laboratory manager about your potential requirements.

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The above NOC seminar sessions are taking place as part of Ocean Business 2017 to see full details click the image below