OI Report 2010

March 2010

Nasser Bani Hassan attended the exhibition "Oceanology International".


Oceanology International 2010

Oceanology International is one of the more important exhibition in the world for the marine science and ocean technology community. This year the exhibition was taking place at the London’ ExCeL in the Docksland, during the period between the 9th to the 11th of March. Oceanology International hosts over 600 suppliers of products and services from around the world; this year the exhibition was visited by over 7000 attendees from 89 different countries.

During the 3 days of exposure we have followed numerous conferences and seminars, developed with the Society for Underwater Technology. The conferences were focused on the five core technical disciplines that the event covers, headed by some of the industry’s leaders:

  • Navigation & Positioning
  • Hydrography/Geophysics
  • Marine Environment
  • Geothechnics
  • Ocean Observation

Outside of the London ExCeL center, along the old port of the Dockland, Oceanology International hosts a variety of vessels from Survey Vessels to Naval Ships many of which allow all visitors on-board to view their technologies or will carry out waterborn demonstrations. Most of the vessels were used to demonstrate different kind of products and to show attractions to visitors including networking events, guided tours and product briefings.

I personally visited the MV Yantlet vessel where the Reson society made a demonstration of their Bathymetric and Imaging high-resolution SeaBat Multibeam Echosounders in conjunction with their PDS2000 Data Acquisition and Processing software. Another vessel were I have been was the HMS CATTISTOCK of the British navy. This vessel, constructed entirely of GRP and other low-magnetic materials, is one of the most advanced mine hunters in the world. Equipped with state-of-the-art Sonar 2050, CATTISTOCK can detect small mine-sized objects over 1000m from her, down to depths in excess of 100m. She is able to verify or destroy these mines with her 2 Remote Control SEA FOX Mine Disposal Vehicles, or with her embarked Clearance Diving Team.

My main purposes to visit the Oceanology International were to help the GEOMAR group during the 3 days of exhibition, working in the stand, talking with the visitors and introducing them the projects, motivations and technology the Institute use to study different area of the world. I also was personally very interested in the new technology for the seafloor investigation: Multibeam, Sidescan Sonar that manage to have a resolution less then one mm, only 3 kg heavier ROV that can reach up to 75 m and more instruments that probably in the next years will become fundamental for the marine study.

I have to thank the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” for the possibility that gave me to visit this important event. During the 3 days of exhibition I expanded my knowledge about new technologies for the study and analysis of seafloor and I met and known many people who work for public institute or private companies in the same field than me, getting from them interesting feedback and information about working possibilities, projects and instruments.

Nasser Bani Hassan