344/32 Conference Room, NOC

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Breakfast Club Meeting @ Ocean Business

Tuesday 18 April 2023

344/32 Conference Room, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

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We would be delighted if you could join us for the NOC Marine Robotics Innovation Centre and Maritime UK Solent Breakfast Club meeting to hear from some great speakers and network with friends and colleagues from across the industry:








Arrival & Welcome 




Transition to a NZOC ecosystem – how to align scope, scale and pace  

Presented by Leigh Storey, SRO for AIMP and NZOC, UKRI 




The ocean and polar regions are changing rapidly due to the climate crisis. A new generation of research infrastructure is required that is capable of exploring the ocean in new ways, is adaptable and is resilient to those changes. Join Leigh Storey to hear about the opportunities for partnership in building a Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) and discuss how interoperable sensors, autonomous platforms and ships might achieve that ambition. Find out more @ www.nzoc.ac.uk 




Circular Economy Production where Rare Earth Materials are Vital 

Presented by Anthony Bennett, COO at Ecomar Propulsion 


Ecomar Propulsion
 Anthony Bennett


Ecomar Propulsion is based in Fareham Hampshire and produces clean electric marine systems for vessel owners wishing to transfer current diesel and petrol propulsion to electric systems using battery and hydrogen power.  They recently undertook a research project with Exeter University to ensure that they endorsed and led their Circular Economy aspirations whilst cognizant that rare earth extraction is required for electrical system operations.  The presentation will highlight what those issues are and how Responsible Stewardship can help reduce exploitation of labour and how companies can play their part in only dealing with ethical suppliers. 




Skills for Green Jobs 

Presented by Kit Williams, Maritime Sustainability Skills Manager (Maritime UK/Cornwall Marine Network) 

Maritime UK/Cornwall Marine Network


An outline of the workstream led by Kit on behalf of Maritime UK/Maritime Skills Commission, explaining the background of the project, the opportunities for stakeholder engagement, and the purpose/end-product of the project.  Rounded up with a Q&A session on the topic of “green skills”. 




Networking Session