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Ocean Innovation 2012

Under the theme of 'Extreme Survival: Innovations in Training, Knowledge and Equipment,' Ocean Innovation 2012 will offer an opportunity to reflect on advances and innovations in offshore survival. The conference will be held October 21 to 24 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Now its 10th year, Ocean Innovation will bring together researchers, regulators, policymakers and innovators to explore advances in offshore survival training and technologies. Attendees and speakers will examine what changes and tools should be made available to those who are faced trying to survive in extreme ocean environments.

Conference Program
Ocean Innovation is a four-day, single-stream conference with a parallel exhibition. The conference program is by invitation only and is designed to ensure that a variety of theme-related issues are discussed and debated by participants.

Confirmed speakers for the 2012 conference include: RAdm. David Gardam of the Canadian Navy's Command Maritime Atlantic and the Joint Task Force Command Atlantic; Robert Wells, Q.C., commissioner of the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry; Max Ruelokke, chair of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board; Adam Erland of the Canadian Coast Guard; Jill Hepburn of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute; Michel Du Charme of the Canadian Department of National Defense; and Sue Coleshaw of SRK Coleshaw (Aberdeenshire, Scotland).

Ocean Innovation will look at some of the greatest tragedies and survivals in marine emergencies and the extreme conditions that survivors had to endure, and examine innovations for enhancing safety and survival in extreme ocean conditions.

Delegate Profile
Ocean Innovation 2012 will be of interest to owners and operators of marine passenger vessels, offshore fishers, offshore oil production facilities and support vessels, and supporting equipment and service suppliers, as well as regulatory and government departments responsible for safety, emergency response and evacuation management.

This event will also be helpful for ocean engineers and others involved in offshore design, emergency management training and the study of human performance in maritime emergency settings.

The Marine Institute has partnered with the International Association for Safety and Survival Training to bring hands-on experience to the conference.

Conference Exhibition
The conference exhibition gives local, national and international businesses and organizations an opportunity to display and promote their products and services. It is also a gathering place for delegates and provides business and networking opportunities for attendees and exhibitors.

The attending exhibitors as of press time included AXYS Technologies Inc. (Sidney, Canada), Virtual Marine Technology (St. John's), GRI Simulations Inc. (Mount Pearl, Canada), The Journal of Ocean Technology, Sea Technology magazine, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, the International Association for Safety and Survival Training, Nord Marine Services Ltd. (Mount Pearl) and Memorial University.

For registration, visit www.oceaninnovation.ca.

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