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OCEANS '77 Conference Set For October 17-18-19

AQUARIUS IN JAPAN —The LNG Aquarius, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker of its size to deliver a cargo of the super- cooled gas, is shown moored at the Osaka Gas Company's unloading facilities in Osaka, Japan. Delivery of the huge cargo was completed

August 19. The 125,000-cubic-meter tanker was built by General

Dynamics at its Quincy (Mass.) Shipbuilding Division, and is oper- ating under a 25-year charter to transport LNG from Indonesia to

Japan. The 936-foot-long, 95,000-ton Aquarius can carry enough of the liquefied gas to supply an American city of 500,000 for one month. General Dynamics is building six more ships identical to the

Aquarius for the Indonesia to Japan run.

Sessions on a variety of tech- nological, educational and public policy topics will highlight the

OCEANS '77 Conference, set for

October 17-18-19 in Los Angeles,

Calif. This annual meeting and exposition is jointly sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Simon Ramo of TRW, chair- man of OCEANS '77, and his advisory board and conference committee are working to make

OCEANS '77 an interesting and informative week for an estimated 2,000 attendees.

In addition to a busy calendar of conference sessions, with speak- ers like the Honorable Elliot L.

Richardson and the Honorable

H.S. Amerasinghe, OCEANS '77 will offer attendees a chance to see more than 100 exhibits from organizations involved in fields such as undersea drilling and in- strumentation, remote imaging of the oceans and a variety of ocean- related equipment and technology.

The conference will be held at the Bonaventure, Los Angeles' newest fine hotel, which features excellent exhibit facilities.

The conference theme is "An

International Conference to dis- cuss and explore developing tech- nology and its impact on public policy and education with a focus on the Pacific Rim." In some 40 sessions, more than 200 papers will be presented in fulfilling the conference objective of bringing together a strong interdiscipli- nary program.

Conference objectives include presentation of an outstanding technical program; provision of forums for discussion of ocean- oriented public policy and edu- cation issues; provision of oppor- tunities for interdisciplinary ex- changes on topical issues, in

Plenary Sessions; attraction of top-level participation from the legal, academic, government, com- mercial and scientific fields, and presentation of an exhibit reflect- ing the latest advances in ocean technology.

Invocation by the United States and other nations of a 200-mile limit manifests the new priorities given ocean resources here and abroad. In recent times, fishery rights, offshore resources, coastal development, marine pollution and shipping hazards have escalated to national and international is- sues. Questions are raised about the proper use of technology in the sea, and of the responsibili- ties of policy-makers in regulat- ing the deployment of technology.

The technical schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 17 — 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. — (1) New Perspectives in the Law of the Sea; (2) Buoy

Systems; (3) Microprocessors for

Ocean Related Matters; (4) Post- er Session, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Noon — Keynote Luncheon; 1:30-3:30 p.m. — (5) The Pacific Basin Com- munity, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; (6) Kin- dergarten to Grade 14 Pro- grams; (7) Undersea Vehicles I; (8) Floating Industrial Complex- es; (9) Satellite Imagery Data

Acquisition, Processing and Avail- ability; (10) Applications of Un- derwater Acoustics in the Ocean; 4 p.m.-6 p.m.—(11) Continuing

Education; (12) Undersea Vehi- cles II; (13) Port Operations; (14) Satellite Imagery Data Appli- cations; (15) Underwater Acous- tics II.

Tuesday, October 18 — 8:30- 10:30 a.m.—(16) Man's Influence on Coastal Waters; (17) Diving

Technology and Operations; (18)

Underwater Optics I; (19) Educa- tion and Manpower, 10:30-Noon; (20) Poster Session, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 1:15-3:15 p.m. —(21) Zones of National Jurisdiction, 1:30-5:30 p.m.; (22) University Programs in Marine Studies; (23) Environ- mental Effects on the Marine Bi- ota ; (24) Cable and Connectors; (25) Automated Measurement

Techniques; (26) Status of Deep

Ocean Mining Programs; 3:45- 5:45 p.m. — (27) Technical Train- ing of Marine Manpower; (28)

Tanker Operations; (29) Cable

Connectors; (30) Current Efforts

Toward Improved Reliability in

Instrumentation; (31) Distrib- uted Signal Processing; 6:30 p.m.,

Cocktails; 7:30 p.m., International


Wednesday, October 19-8:30- 10:30 a.m. — (32) Assessment and

Forecast of Viable Utilization of

Ocean Resources; (33) Marine

Water Quality; (34) Under Water

Optics Systems, 8-11 a.m.; Noon — Presidents' Luncheon; 1:15- 3:15 p.m. — (36) Seabed Mining; (37) Industry Program for Ma- rine Education and Manpower; (38) Navigation and Control Sys- tem; (39) Instrumentation for Bi- ological Measurements; (40) En- vironmental Aspects of Offshore

Petroleum Development; (41)

Ocean Thermal Energy Conver- sion; 3:45-5:45 p.m. — (42) Com- mercial Education and Manpower

Programs; (43) Safety Aspects of Ship Operations; (44) Inter- national Decades of Oceanograph- ic Exploration; (45) Offshore Pe- troleum Technology; (46) In-Situ

Verification of Current Meter


Pre-registration forms can be obtained by writing to OCEANS '77, 615 South Flower Street,

Suite 504, Los Angeles, Calif. 90017.

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