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Message from the President - May 2023

Recap from OTC 2023

MTS is proud of the many members in Houston who contribute to the success of OTC. The MTS Board of Directors and many of our staff were thrilled to host them at our Member Reception. It was a pleasure to meet some of our newest members and see many familiar faces. 

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Cooperation between KAUST and the Marine Technology Society to establish the first section in the Middle East

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS) have announced the launch of the Red Sea Section, the society's first section in the middle east. The section was established on January 9, 2023 at KAUST with the goal of facilitating communication between those interested in marine science and technology from inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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New diving science initiative brings blue economy innovation from the Ocean State to the Arizona desert’s Biosphere 2

University of Arizona Professor achieves an underwater first – ‘camping’

By: University of Arizon | May 8, 2023

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Ocean Business 2023 back with a bang!


Issued: 25 April 2023
For Immediate Release

Ocean science and technology experts from around the world descended on Southampton last week for the biggest ever Ocean Business exhibition and conference.

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Oceanography Pioneer and Philanthropist – James L. Cairns – to be inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Dr. James L. Cairns, Founder and Executive Director of the Cairns Foundation, and CEO of Abyssal Systems, Inc, is among the world-class inventors who have been selected as a 2023 Inductee to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Cairns is the pioneer of underwater electrical/electronic fiber-optic connector technologies that allowed circuits to be successfully and seamlessly mated and de-mated reliably within the harsh environment of the deep ocean. His innovations revolutionized anti-submarine warfare and subsea surveillance, expanded the industry of ocean energy production, and significantly advanced the fields of Oceanography, Marine Geology and Seismology. He holds 62 U.S. patents and received the Marine Technology Society’s Compass-Rolex Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award and Lockheed Martin Award for Excellence in Marine Science and Engineering. In 2017, he was inducted into the Offshore Energy Center Hall of Fame for Pioneering Technology.

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April 2023 Message from the CEO

Earlier this month I had the honor of joining a small group of ocean leaders for an intimate and invite only conversation focused on defining a collaborative future for marine priorities in the United States. That MTS was the only membership community at the table alongside the most senior executive leadership in the country spanning defense, diplomacy, ocean research, and environmental science is a testament to the reputation, talent, and richness of our MTS community.

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New Jersey Hosts Their First Annual Marine Technology Society Student Section Research Symposium

The first annual Marine Technology Society New Jersey Student Section Research Symposium recently took place on Friday, April 14th at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve in Tuckerton, NJ. This symposium brought together over 25 undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers University, Stockton University, Princeton University, and the New Jersey Institute of technology for a day of networking and student presentations. 

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March 2023 Message from the President

MTS is growing, our partnership with MATE is progressing and we look forward to bringing our teams together to expand our reach, leverage our collective partnerships and resources, and grow our missions. We will be collaborating closely at the upcoming MATE ROV World Championship competition taking place June 22-24 at the St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado. 

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OCEANS 2023 Networking Breakfast

Join us at OCEANS 2023 Limerick for an ECOP/YP Networking Breakfast & Panel! 

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Florida Section Meets at FGCU Water School

The first MTS Florida Section meeting held in years took place recently at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Water School in Ft Myers, Florida. 

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Welcome new organizational members - March 2023

MTS welcomes four new organizational members in March

Join us in welcoming four new organizational members to the Marine Technology Society! Jumping on board is Nortek USA, 4D Nav, Rockland Scientific, and SUNFISH Inc.

About Nortek USA
Nortek designs, develops, and manufactures acoustic underwater sensors that are used to measure motion in the marine environment. Nortek’s ocean technology is used in many applications, from understanding the impact of climate change to providing navigational assistance to underwater vehicles.

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MTS Member Spotlight: Liquid Robotics

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Call for Papers Innovations for a New Sustained Blue Economy

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Exciting Lineup of Speakers is Set for FL TechSurge

Hosted at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, April 12-14

Join us for a TechSurge event that will focus on incremental and transformational technology, system design challenges, and opportunities to help guide the development of comprehensive, coordinated and integrated coastal monitoring systems for Florida's estuaries and nearshore coastal waters.

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2023 Webcast Series Focused on Pollutants Affecting Oceans and Climate Change

Issued: March 1, 2023
For Immediate Release

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Message from the Executive Director - Feb 2023

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MTS welcomes new organizational members

MTS welcomes three new organizational members in February

Join us in welcoming three new organizational members to the Marine Technology Society! Jumping on board is Sea & Shoreline LLC, Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc., and Guide Star Engineering LLC.

About Sea & Shoreline
Sea & Shoreline joins MTS with a mission to restore aquatic ecosystems, taking dirty, mucky, algae-dominated bodies of water, and turning them into beautiful, healthy, clean, clear, sustainable ecosystems that support plants, fish, animals, anglers, ecotourism, and local economies.

In response to the high incidence of Florida manatees perishing from starvation due to disappearing seagrass meadows, their primary food source, Sea & Shoreline has launched a new campaign titled Seagrass Saves Sea Life. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and educate consumers and legislators on the positive environmental and ecological benefits of seagrass, and to provide updates on current projects underway to restore seagrass in Florida's waterways.

About Integrated Systems Solutions
Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc. (ISS) is a service disabled, veteran-owned business (SDVOSB) that provides high-value professional services in program management, communications and outreach, IT Services, requirements management, systems engineering and technical services.

ISS represents a wide range of federal, civilian, defense and state agencies, which include NOAA, NASA, USPTO, VA, USAF and more.

About Guide Star Engineering
Guide Star Engineering (GSE) is a high-technology Engineering Services Company that specializes in hardware and software engineering design, research and development, systems testing, and systems integration in diversified industrial and government markets. GSE supports clients in Construction, Industrial Automation, Defense/Aerospace, Information/Communication Technology and Ocean Engineering with engineering services that include management, design, development, prototyping and production.

GSE recently developed a Miniature Digital Hydrophone (MDH) Project for students to learn about the underwater world through sound. The MDH helps students make first-hand discovery of what's happening beneath the waves. Students can use the MDH to record sounds from a fish tank, a pool, or the open ocean, and use open-source software to listen and visualize the sounds.

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Several Senate Committees announced subcommittee leadership and rosters

Several Senate Committees announced subcommittee leadership and rosters

While the House was in recess last week, the Senate continued to organize committees and focus on judicial nominations. Although the legislative load is light at the moment, March is poised to be the beginning of Congress’ busy season with appropriations, the budget, and Farm Bill negotiations gearing up.

The President’s Budget is expected to be released on March 9, but appropriators aren’t letting that slow their plans. We are hearing that House subcommittees will be aiming for a mid-March deadline for member requests, with the Senate to follow shortly after with an early-April deadline. Negotiations are continuing among House Republicans regarding guidelines for earmarks in this appropriations cycle.

Several Senate Committees announced subcommittee leadership and rosters:

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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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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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