I attended the Oceanology International 2014 Conference last month, along with Alan Crisp, to explore the potential that Envitia solutions/services might have in the wider maritime environment. Held at Excel in London, the exhibition showcased the largest display of “state-of-the-art” marine technologies and, with an anticipated attendance of nearly 9,000 over the 2 days, it was a good opportunity to scope it out.
Following initial excitement at seeing lots of yellow coloured marine “boy’s toys”, it seems that the exhibition has become more focussed on hardware vendors over the last few years (certainly since the last time I attended back in 2010) with kit ranging from subsea ROV’s to seabed cabling and only a handful of exhibitors outside of this subsector. Nevertheless, useful contacts were made with organisations involved in environmental issues, such as Marine Management Organisation (MMO), Ocenscience, EMSA and TT Surveys, to name a few.
Robin Coackley, Government Account Manager