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18 April 2013

Ocean Business 2013 - the busiest yet!

Held on 9-11 April 2013 this year’s Ocean Business saw a record number of visitors with 2,200 from 51 countries walking through the door on the first day alone!   

The Society of Maritime Industries as usual hosted a welcome stand for our members both exhibiting and visiting the busy show and for many was a welcomed opportunity to have a coffee and a sit down!

Pulling together some of the biggest names from the ocean technology industry Ocean Business not only brings the latest global technologies all under one roof but also combines a vast programme of free demonstrations and training sessions with ‘Ocean Careers’ which is run over all three days to provide recruitment and career advice.  

More than just an exhibition the hands-on technology show once again proved a success for many of our members who exhibited with Terry Slone, Managing Director of Planet Ocean stating,  

“Ocean Business is a must for us from several different perspectives. We meet both our customers and just as importantly, our suppliers from around the World over just three days.  The cost savings over travelling to visit them all more than outweighs the expense. ”

Roger Scrivens, Managing Director of RS Aqua added,  

“Ocean Business just keeps getting better and better. Once again there was a perfect balance between the business and social content. Bring on OB2015!”

OB stand

This year’s show was also the venue for the Society’s annual trends survey of the industry and over 90 UK companies welcomed Sarah Bullock, Marketing Manager, with her clipboard.  Surveying the trends of the UK marine science and technology sector it is the only review of its kind and has proved invaluable in helping to inform government and other key stakeholders about the significance of this important sector.  The data is currently being pulled together and the fifth edition will be available shortly. Get in touch with info@maritimeindustries.org if you would like a copy.

As usual the Gala Dinner at Southampton Guildhall on the evening of Wednesday 10 saw our annual Association of Marine Scientific Industries (AMSI) Business Person of the Year Award presented to Mr Keith Birch, recently retired Business Development Manager at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), by Mr Richard Burt, Chairman of the AMSI Council.

 22.04 AMSI Business

Richard Burt said,

“This award is designed to recognise the individual which in the opinion of the AMSI Council has made a significant contribution to the business of marine science and technology in the UK.

Keith Birch is only seven days short of laying claim to 45 years since joining the Natural Environment Research Council; a distinguished career which has seen him at the interface of industry and the research community at the forefront of the early autosub work for which the NOC has become renowned.

Mr Burt continued,

“Keith has been at the heart of many important business development projects for the NOC, particularly establishing key links with industry and the AMSI Council believed him to be a worthy recipient of this award.”

With the 2013 intake of registrations double that of the last show in 2011 Ocean Business, the hands-on-technology show, has become a firm favourite in the Ocean Technology calendar.

See you in 2015! 

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