The organiser of Oceanology International (OI) has launched a North American edition of the exhibition and conference for the ocean science and marine technology community.
The biennial Oceanology International North America (OINA) will be held for the first time in San Diego, California on 14-16 February 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Jonathan Heastie, event director, Reed Exhibitions said: “We’ve been regularly asked whether we could re-create the OI London magic in the world’s largest marine technology market, North America, and now we have.
“Like OI London over its 46 year history, OINA will bring together all elements and communities within the North American ocean science and marine technology market. This includes ensuring we bring together multiple buyers from differing industries, all united by the use of technology, but in a myriad of different ways. We are looking forward to working with all the industry stakeholders to deliver a world-leading event for the benefit of its participants.”
Alternating, OI London will next take place in March 2016 and will repeat in 2018, 2020 while OINA launches in 2017 with subsequent events in 2019, 2021 and further ‘odd years’.
OI China, launched in 2013, will continue to be an autumn event in Shanghai (OI China 2015 is being staged November 3-5, 2015).
According to organiser Reed Exhibitions, OI London 2014 attracted 8,400 attendees from 52 countries - an increase of 10 per cent more than 2012. Exhibitor figures also saw an increase with 528 exhibiting companies from 35 countries.
“We are delighted to be able to announce that the new American show is supported by The Maritime Alliance (TMA), the cluster organiser for the San Diego maritime technology community, whose mission is: ‘To promote sustainable, science-based ocean & water industries’ and which has an active outreach program with BlueTech clusters around the U.S. and the world; and The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT),” Heastie added.