Near & Far Market Trading

  • Date 15 Mar 2016
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Near & Far Market Trading

15 Mar 2016, 09:00 - 17:00

Trade & Innovation Theatre

New Investment, Export & Partnership Opportunities for your Business

OI will host a series of “International Trading” sessions for companies attending the event who are looking to build their export potential and establish international trading partnerships with foreign counterparts.

The sessions are planned to run at various times on Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 March, and are entitled: “Near and Far Market Trading - New Investment, Export & Partnership Opportunities for your Business”.  The near market focus highlights trading opportunities within Europe, followed by similar ‘far markets’ sessions covering trading with countries in the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

Content will be delivered by an assortment of Trade Commissions and Regional Trade & Industry groups, showcasing opportunities within their country/region, support mechanisms provided to assist trade with the country/region (including inward investment) and, ideally, any products, services or companies from the country/region who want to work with OI’s international audience.

These dedicated International Trade sessions will be located in the Trade & Innovation Theatre, located on the exhibition floor and are accessible to ALL conference delegates PLUS all trade show attendees who have an interest in building their export, import and global partnership potential.

The full schedule of participating countries will be made available here in February.


United Kingdom

10:00-10:25, Tuesday 15 March

The UK Approach to Supporting the Development of Maritime Autonomous Systems

Speaker: John Murray, Chief Executive, Society of Maritime Industries.

A UK based joint initiative between industry, government and academia is supporting a rolling collaborative development programme, which will raise awareness, and solve technical, practical, legal and social challenges around maritime autonomous systems (MAS).  The aim is to identify common themes and challenges in offshore renewable energy, oil and gas, logistics transport, science and survey, defence and maritime security, deep sea mining and underwater asset management.  In order to exploit the business opportunities emanating from the growth of MAS, the Society of Maritime Industries has created a focussed interest group run by its own Council and this is being launched at Oceanology International.


10:30-10:55, Tuesday 15 March

Speakers: Sébastien Provost Cann, Project Manager, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Patrick Baraona, Managing Director, Pôle Mer Méditerranée

The French maritime industry is supported in its development by two clusters gathering over 700 members, mostly located in Brittany and in the South of France. Representatives of these clusters will present an overview of this industry focusing on topics related to Oceanology but also on existing and future possible cooperation. This presentation will be completed by an approach of the main incentives programs dedicated to British companies.


11:00-11:25, Tuesday 15 March

Speaker: Murray Bainbridge, Senior International Trade Executive, Scottish Development International

SDI is the international arm of Scotland's enterprise agencies, a partnership between Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Government. We help foreign companies invest and thrive in Scotland as well as supporting Scotland’s companies to access global markets to increase international trade. Services include finance for investment, property support and specialist advice as well as detailed overseas market information. With 42 offices in 20 countries across the globe we are available to help develop trade and investment opportunities almost anywhere. So if your company is considering Scotland, we can provide a full support service, whether it’s to invest, relocate, partner, trade or expand here.

Focus of presentation will be on the world class subsea cluster which has been established in Scotland (primarily, but not exclusively around the oil & gas sector) and how SDI can help companies and organisations benefit from the supply chain expertise as well as major client base by locating in Scotland or by accessing the products and services available to assist with development of subsea projects in their home territory.

United States

11:30-11:55, Tuesday 15 March

Moderator: Matt Sanford, Director of Economic Development, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Panellists: Bryan Bjorndal, CEO, Assure Controls; Greg Murphy, Executive Director, The Maritime Alliance; Josh Caplan, Integrated Cyber Operations Business Portfolio Manager, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, US Navy; Neil Trenaman, Director, Ocean & Coastal Market Segment, Xylem Analytics

San Diego, California is a global hub of blue technology companies. San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation/World Trade Center San Diego will provide an overview of the business ecosystem in San Diego, including a panel discussion with representatives from San Diego’s BlueTech cluster, describing why they are located in San Diego and the continuing opportunity to bring their technology to the global marketplace.  This information will reaffirm why Oceanology International North America will be in San Diego February 14-16, 2017.


12:00-12:25, Tuesday 15 March

Speakers: Dr Edel O’Connor, National Coordinator, Advanced Marine Technology Programme, Irish Marine Institute; Ciarán Arthur, Strategic Investment Manager, IDA Ireland; Liam Curran, Senior Technologist, Enterprise Ireland

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. Once such development, the SmartOcean initiative is building on Ireland’s existing cohort of ICT and engineering SMEs and MNCs 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. Find out more about investment opportunities in Europe’s fastest growing economy ranked as one of the most attractive locations in the world to do business.

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