Ocean Business 2019, the world’s biggest ocean technology event this year, will be taking place in Southampton next week from 9-11 April.  The show is a global stage for the latest sea technology innovations and we are delighted to announce that two of the most exciting product demonstrations will be coming from local Hampshire companies. 

Cheri Arvoni, Ocean Business Event Manager explains, “There is no doubt that sea technology this year is dominated by unmanned boats and underwater vehicles.  In fact, we had to build an extra floating pontoon to accommodate all these products at the show!  But of great excitement to us is the fact that two local companies, Sonardyne and L3 Technologies, will be demonstrating a world-first combination of Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) technology on the dockside.”

With over 5000 visitors expected at the show, from more than 65 countries, Portchester based L3 Technologies and Yately based Sonardyne have worked together to present one of the most advanced combinations of ASV and ROV technologies in the world.  Their futuristic products offer a solution for underwater inspection in the most dangerous coastal or offshore environments such as hazardous oil and gas surveys, environmentally challenging scientific missions, or for military and security purposes.

The companies will be offering dockside demonstrations to show how missions can be conducted entirely by remote control.  L3’s unmanned surface boat, a C-Worker 7 ASV, will demonstrate how it can deploy and operate an ROV to carry out underwater inspections and measurements.  In this case, the demo will show a vertical and horizontal subsea inspection of the Empress Dock in Southampton.  Sonardyne will be showcasing their sophisticated tracking and telemetry control software, as well as solutions for navigation and data recovery in unmanned over-the-horizon operations.

With its pioneering subsea communications technology, BlueComm, Sonardyne recently streamed the world’s first live broadcast direct to global audiences from underwater submersibles in the Seychelles.  This was broadcast by Associated Press, Sky News and Sky Atlantic, in effect enabling the general public to join the scientists in a mission to explore the least known areas of the Indian Ocean as part of the Nekton Deep Ocean Research Institute’s First Descent expedition.

With over 360 exhibitors at Ocean Business this year, there are a multitude of other exciting demos of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles from international companies including: Kongsberg Maritime who will be showcasing their GeoPulse Sub-Bottom Profiler Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), designed to map the geology of oceans; and dotOcean with their Cloud linked Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology to control multiple ASVs (forming ASV ‘swarms’).

Ms Arvonio continued, “Visually, there will be non-stop action at the show, especially on the dockside.  As a landmark international event, we feel we are presenting the very best globally, and will be expecting around 65 countries to be represented at the show.”

Ocean Business promises to be an incredible global show offering the very latest technologies, water-based demonstrations and learning opportunities, as well as Offshore Survey conference, Ocean Careers, and high profile international associated industry events.  Ocean Business will take place from 9-11 April 2019 at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.