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1st edition of Ocean Experts debates ways forward for the offshore industry

In the first edition of Ocean Experts, OceanPact brought together experts from the offshore industry, academia and government to discuss the technological challenges and opportunities that will shape the offshore sector over the next five years. This online event to debate technologies and trends in the offshore industry debuted on February 21, with presentations by Rio de Janeiro Federal University professor emeritus and director general of the National Institute for Ocean Research (INPO), Segen Estefen; and the CEO of Maritime Robotics, Vegard Hovstein. More than 200 people took part in Ocean Experts.

Leonardo Barreira, OceanPact’s director, who hosted the first edition of the event, began by highlighting the importance of collaboration between different players in developing innovative and sustainable solutions. “More than just consumers of technology, OceanPact is a developer of solutions that add value to our clients’ businesses, driving progress throughout the sector,” he said.

“The growth of autonomous technologies is a challenge and an irreversible trend, and Ocean Experts embodies OceanPact’s interest in reflecting on the future of the offshore industry,” he added.

In his presentation, “INPO as a key player in fostering ocean technology in Brazil,” Professor Segen Estefen argued that Brazil’s experience with the oil and gas industry could be a great advantage in speeding up the installation of renewable energy projects in the sea.

“Although renewable ocean resources, such as waves, currents and thermal gradients, still have higher costs than wind power, they can benefit from new hybrid system concepts and the infrastructure put in place for offshore wind farms,” said INPO’s director general, addressing the importance of renewable ocean energy as a potential way to decarbonize the oil and gas industry’s activities.

Vegard Hovstein presented advances in remote operations technology, focusing on autonomous vehicles such as USVs, ROVs and AUVs. “At Maritime Robotics, we are dedicated to providing innovative solutions that drive the industry forward, prioritizing the safety, efficiency and sustainability of operations. We have conclusively demonstrated that autonomy and software integration are fundamental to operations,” he said.

The active participation of the audience was welcomed by Hovstein. “All these questions reflect the desire to explore new technological frontiers together,” he said.

“We had an enriching experience covering the various topics and news discussed here, adding value to our professional activity and fueling our interest in the ocean and all the activities related to it,” said OceanPact’s Leonardo Barreira.