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Marine Institute Promoting Ireland as 'Centre for Innovation in the Sea' at Oceanology

15th March 2016
An unmanned vessel for gas and oil exploration at the show An unmanned vessel for gas and oil exploration at the show Photo: Oceanology international

The Galway based Marine Institute and some of Ireland’s most innovative marine technology organisations are in London this week at one of the leading global ocean technology events, Oceanology International, at ExCel London (March 15-17). They are promoting Ireland as a centre for innovation in the sea and an ideal location to develop and test novel marine technology because of Ireland's marine research infrastructure and marine innovation clusters.

See a full list of the Irish exhibitors below.

Dr Edel O’Connor, Coordinator of the national marine technology programme said, “This is one of the largest ever representations of Irish organisations at Oceanology International. Irish companies are developing innovative products and services that are being exported internationally. The conditions are being put in place to ensure Ireland is at the forefront of expertise and investment opportunities in a growing global blue economy.”

Ireland is developing a critical mass of research and innovation activities in marine technologies through the development of innovation clusters and investment in a suite of world-class test and development infrastructure. One such development, the SmartOcean initiative is building on Ireland’s existing cohort of ICT and engineering SMEs and multinationals to drive innovation in new and unanticipated ways to support the sustainable development of its large-scale ocean territory and to develop products and services for the global blue economy.

The Ireland Pavilion includes Irish SMEs Geomara, JFC Marine, TFI Marine, SonarSim, Marine Technology Ltd., and the Entrepreneur Ship which represents a number of SMEs based on the IMERC campus in Cork. Irish research platforms and infrastructures will also be showcased as part of the Pavilion. These include the marine energy and ocean technologies test site and sub-sea cabled observatory in Galway Bay; the national marine research vessels, RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager; and INFOMAR, the national seabed mapping programme managed by the Marine Institute and Geological Survey of Ireland. Other Irish SMEs such as Cathx Ocean and IDS monitoring are also showcasing their innovative products and services at the trade show. This year the Marine Institute, Enterprise Ireland and IDA will also speak at the inaugural international trading sessions at the event to showcase Ireland as a destination for expertise in marine ICT.

Exhibitors on the Ireland Pavilion

The Entrepreneur Ship

The Entrepreneur Ship is the world's first dedicated Blue Tech and Energy co-working space for startups and larger companies seeking touchdown space in Cork, Ireland. We are part of Ireland's Maritime Cluster, IMERC. Companies joining us on our stand include SEA-Tech, Exceedence and MUX’.

TFI Marine

TfI Marine supplies elastomeric mooring tethers that reduce mooring loads by ~ 70% and protect against shock loads. They reduce both capital and maintenance costs and are available for use in mooring Data Buoys; Aquaculture Cages and Feed Barges; Marine Energy devices and Oil and Gas structures.

Marine Technology Ltd

Established in 1980, Marine Technology Ltd is a precision engineering, design and development company. We specialise in the design and manufacture of bespoke marine projects, and across a range of other industries. We also specialise in batch production work of subsea components or one-off designs.

SonarSim

SonarSim provide smart software to improve the efficiency of underwater SONAR workflows & operations. We offer real-time Multibeam, Sidescan, & Imaging SONAR processing, automation & simulation solutions to support enhanced Hydrographic training, survey planning, mapping & security applications.

JFC Marine

JFC Marine offer an extensive range of floating buoy structures for both Navigation and Data buoy acquisitions. Our in-house R&D department are capable of providing custom build solutions integrating new technologies and data sensors, supplying real-time information to pilots at sea.

Geomara

Subsea Survey, Asset Protection and Intervention.

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is promoting Irish marine research infrastructure; including the cabled seafloor observatory, national Research Vessels, the INFOMAR seabed mapping programme (joint programme with the Geological Survey of Ireland and MI) and the digital Ocean. SmartBay Ireland is the national test & demonstration facility for technology and ocean energy.

SmartBay Ireland

INFOMAR

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At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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