Sustainability: The Subsea Industry and the Evolution of Energy

03 November, 2020 - 05 November, 2020


The Society for Underwater Technology, The Hydrographic Society in Scotland, and the International Marine Contractors Association are pleased to announce that our popular annual joint seminar returns this year as an online event.

The world is changing at a rapid pace, energy needs are increasing in parallel with a renewed focus on sustainable operations. The global market of 2020 has so far proven that all industries require the ability to adapt to fluctuating conditions. Technology developments continue to advance to improve all aspects of offshore operations. This brings the possibility to explore further and deeper with longer tiebacks and remote wells. Technology provides efficiency improvements for day-to-day operations, enhancing the sustainability of the offshore energy industry.

As energy demand increases, the transition to non-hydrocarbon sources of energy requires a shift in technology focus. An established renewables energy industry now allows lessons learned to be shared both ways between hydrocarbon and renewables industries.

The Society for Underwater Technology, The Hydrographic Society in Scotland & The International Marine Contractors Association are pleased to announce the programme for our joint seminar. Technology developments that are key to the sustainability of energy will be discussed across three sessions. Each session will set the scene with a keynote speaker and feature elevator pitches from our sponsors presenting the latest developments.


3rd November 1300 – 1530 GMT – Getting the Subsea Industry to Net Zero

Keynote Speaker:  Nadine Robinson, Technical Adviser, Environmental Sustainability, IMCA

Michael King, Ocean Infinity The Armada Fleet – providing sustainable ocean information
Trevor Pugh, UTEC Impact of Digitalisation on the Surveying Profession and Related Issues on Risk Management
Karl Daly, Fugro Sustainability Benefits of Remote Inspection Operations
Vincent Doedee, Heerema Marine Contractors How to (possibly) build the largest zero-emission vessel in the world

4th November 1300 – 1530 GMT – Electrification & Alternative Energy

Keynote Speakers: Ian Phillips, Director,  Pale Blue Dot Energy and Chris Pearson, National Subsea Centre at Robert Gordon University

Paul Slorach, EC-OG Subsea Battery Storage for Integration of Marine Renewables into Offshore Operations
Cameron McNatt, MOCEAN Renewables for Subsea Power
John Butler, ZEMTECH Absolute Zero – Green Hydrogen project – From Marine Renewables to Zero Emission Ship Design
Professor Simone Abram, Dr Mini Govindan, Rashmi Murali, Raihana Ferdous, University of Durham Prospects of offshore wind energy in the coastal regions of Bangadesh & India
Malik Chibah, Sonardyne Enabling next generation wind farm operations

5th November 1300 -1530 GMT – Innovation (Decom, Digital Twin, Life Ext)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Richard Neilson, Director, National Decommissioning Centre

Chetan Laddha, Sinclair Energy Partners Passive magnetometry for monitoring integrity and flow diagnostics of subsea pipelines
Jack Jorgensen, University of Western Australia How does the Digital Twin paradigm extend the utility of simulation models? A perspective applied to the offshore energy industry
Stephen McEntee, QWILKA Digital Decommissioning of Pipelines
Andreas Dracoulis and Maren Strandevold, Haynes & Boone Legal issues in the energy transition: regulatory and commercial perspectives

Sponsorship opportunities will be available with Techbyte presentation/demonstration options.

3-Day pass | Members £30.00 | Non-Members £50.00

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Click here for the Event Program