OTE Debuts in Providence

Wednesday, September 05, 2007
The inaugural OceanTech Expo (OTE) debuted today at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The industry-led expo, slated for September 5-7, will showcase new equipment, training and demonstrations of technologies in the marine science and ocean technology industries. OTE will feature emerging trends in subsea technologies and markets, as they pertain to: homeland security, port & harbor defense; military and government; offshore oil & gas; and marine science and exploration.

Topics & Speakers scheduled to address OTE delegates during the expo’s Industry Outlook Sessions on Thursday, September 6, 2007, include:

Topic: The US Naval Oceanographic Program Speaker: Charles A. Martinek, Captain, U.S. Navy (ret), Technical Director, Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO)

Topic: Technologies, Tools and Techniques for Deploying Undersea Telecommunication Systems Speaker: Mr. Frank Cuccio, Vice President, Marine Services, TYCO Telecom International

Topic: Advances in Unclassified Vessel Tracking Systems Speaker: Mr. George (Guy) Thomas, Science & Technology Advisor, US Interagency Office of Global Maritime Situation Awareness

Topic: Progress & Plans for Designing and Constructing Offshore LNG Terminals Speaker: Michael Trammel, Environmental, Excelerate Energy LLC

Topic: Current Status and Future Plans for the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Speaker: Zdenka Willis, Director, NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office

Topic: Operations in the Arctic – A Changing Frontier Speaker: Dr. F. Mary Williams, Director General, Institute of Ocean Technology (IOT) of the National Research Council of Canada, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Topic: Subsea Technology Challenges Speaker: Donald R. Schlater, Founding Member & Training Chairman, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and Senior Advisor to BP Castrol

Panel Discussion: International Port Security Technology Drivers Moderator: Ms. Marianne Molchan, President, Molchan Marine Sciences, Inc.

Panel Members: James Pollock, Homeland Security Project Manager, Naval Undersea Warfare Center; Matthew Roberts, Senior Constable, Port Security Diver; Stephan V. Kroecker, Director or Engineering & Design, SeaAway; Rob Balloch, Director, Strategic Development, Sonardyne International; Candyce Kelshall, Bluewater Defense & Security Ltd.; Rich Hansen, Program Area Manager, Port Security, US Coast Guard R&D Center

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