Australian headquartered company Blue Ocean Monitoring, experienced global provider of ocean monitoring services, is expanding its offices and taking space in the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

Blue Ocean Monitoring and NOC inside the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. Photo credit: NOC

Adam Schink, Marine Robotics Innovation Centre Manager at the NOC, said : “It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome the move of Blue Ocean Monitoring into the Innovation Centre today. As they’re a company which provide integrated solutions to ocean data collection we’re confident this engaging environment will accelerate their strategic development of autonomous marine technologies. Having representatives from the company on site, will only increase the opportunity for collaboration in the future, and we welcome this wholeheartedly.”

Simon Illingworth, Group Managing Director of Blue Ocean Monitoring, said : “We’re delighted to be moving into the Innovation Centre where we can work alongside the NOC’s own autonomy and robotics teams, sharing knowledge and the NOC’s extensive marine testing facilities. The NOC provides a strategic base to further support our services to customers both here in the UK and further afield.”

Since its official opening in November last year by Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, the centre has four companies now in residence and seven Associate Members. Kevin Forshaw, the NOC’s Associate Director, Innovation and Enterprise commented, “The centre is now firmly at the heart of marine autonomous systems development in the South of England, and as intended has become a hub for ideas and knowledge sharing between the NOC and UK marine industry. Investment into this sector is being secured based on the centres excellent facilities and collaborative opportunities and we look forward to further announcements over the coming months.”

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