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Message from the Executive Director - Feb 2023

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Scholarships for MATE ROV Competition teams

MATE Inspiration for Innovation is pleased to announce an exciting new program – Scholarships for MATE ROV Competition Teams!

Scholarships for MATE ROV Competition Teams is intended to support the development of new student teams – as well as the re-development of teams impacted by the pandemic – with a focus on underserved audiences and fostering DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in the ocean workforce talent pipeline.

In addition to SeaMATE ROV starter kits, cameras and accessories, tools, and power supplies, Scholarships for MATE ROV Competition Teams includes the opportunity for new RANGER, PIONEER, and EXPLORER class teams advancing to the MATE World Championship to apply for travel stipends to support their participation. This year’s World Championship is taking place June 20-24, 2023 at the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado, USA (home of the MATE Rocky Mountain Regional ROV Competition!).

Scholarships for MATE ROV Competition Teams is funded by the Schmidt Ocean Coalition, which is part of the family of philanthropic organizations and initiatives started by Eric and Wendy Schmidt and includes Schmidt Ocean Institute, 11th Hour Racing, and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners / The Schmidt Family Foundation.


How to apply
Visit this link to complete the application. Priority will be given to new teams that effectively demonstrate how they involve underserved audiences and contribute to diversity in the ocean workforce pipeline.

Priority screening will begin February 1, 2023. However, this is an on-going program so applications will be accepted and reviewed at throughout the year.

Please direct initial inquiries to your Regional Coordinator. You can also reach out to MATE Inspiration for Innovation Executive Director Jill Zande | [email protected]

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PRESS RELEASE: Ocean Business announces exhibitor list for 2023 show

Issued: 22 February 2023
For Immediate Release


Ocean Business announces exhibitor list for 2023 show

With just two months to go until Ocean Business 2023, more details can be revealed about the line-up of exhibitors at the global technology and science exhibition for marine industries.

More than 300 world leading manufacturers and service providers shaping the future of ocean science and technology have booked space at the sold-out show, which runs from April 18-20 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

The three-day event is open to all visitors for free by registering online at

This year’s exhibition, covering two halls and including a full programme of training and demonstrations on the dockside, on board vessels and in the classroom, promises to attract record crowds from around the world.

Visitors will be able to see the latest developments in transformational ocean technology, from cutting edge ROVs, to next generation sensors, to advances in automation.

Among the highlights, Framework Robotics is launching its new remotely operated vehicle, BUDDY, which can be adjusted to suit any mission, from exploration to surveying, inspection and more.

Leading UK scientific technology company ANB Sensors will present its state-of-the-art pH sensors, which operate to depths of 1,250m in fresh or saltwater environments, are virtually maintenance-free and allow for long-term remote monitoring.

Subsea cable specialist Novacavi, meanwhile, will provide updates on its range of solutions designed to meet the most complex needs of marine and underwater technology – expertise that has seen the company support projects from upgrading the infrastructure of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory, to supplying the INGV National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology with cables deployed at 4,000m to monitor the sea.

UK company RoboSys Automation, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to provide scalable levels of autonomy, will introduce its smart shipping software, Voyager AI, that can transform a new or existing vessel into a fully autonomous USV.

Also taking a stand at Ocean Business is Terradepth, the company spearheading seafloor hydrographic and geophysical survey solutions through unique autonomous underwater vehicle technology. Find out more about Terradepth’s high resolution data collection and its data management and visualisation system, Absolute Ocean.

Tom Chant, CEO of the Society of Maritime Industries, said: ‘Ocean Business is simply an essential event for the MST sector. If you cut Ocean Business with a knife you’d see ‘collaboration and innovation’ written through the heart of it. It’s a really important component supporting the industry turnover of £1.6 billion per annum. We look forward to seeing you there.’

Cheri Arvonio, Event Director at show organiser Diversified Communications, said: ‘Ocean Business 2023 is gearing up to be a bumper show, providing unbeatable opportunities for doing new business, sealing deals, networking and hearing industry updates.

‘We can’t wait to welcome both Ocean Business regulars and first-time show goers for three days of exciting product launches, innovation and ideas from today’s ocean technology trailblazers.’

To see the full exhibitor list, please visit:


For further information, please contact:
Georgia Smith, Marketing Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 916528
e: [email protected]

Cheri Arvonio, Event Director
t: +44 (0)1453 836363
e: [email protected]

About Ocean Business
Ocean Business is a hands-on ocean technology exhibition and training forum which is owned and organised by Diversified Communications UK in partnership with the Society of Maritime Industries. Since its launch in 2007 it has been hosted by the National Oceanography Centre where the event benefits from utilising the facilities of a world class centre. In recent years the event has grown substantially and now attracts over 360 exhibitors and 5000 international attendees. For more information, visit:

About Diversified Communications
Ocean Business is organised by Diversified Communications UK, a fast-growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton and London. Diversified UK’s business portfolio includes Digital Construction Week; GEO Business; Ocean Business; Aquaculture UK; MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference; Accountex; Accountex Summit North; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; British Tourism & Travel Show and more. For more information, visit:

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MTS TechSurge 2023 - AI for the OCEANS and AIRO-2K23

It was MTS' Immediate Past President, Zdenka Willis' great pleasure to participate in the MTS TechSurge 2023 - AI for the OCEANS and AIRO-2K23. The MTS TechSurge marked the 175th event for the MTS India section since its inception in 2015 - an amazing accomplishment and much of the efforts focused on motivating and supporting students.

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ECOP Update - Message from Alfredo Giron-Nava

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