Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013

Date: 22-24.04.2013

Washington, D.C. USA






SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT: Final Program Now Available


World-Class Program Set for Industry Leaders to Tackle Global Ocean Business Challenges


Dear Ocean Industry Colleagues,


The comprehensive SOS 2013 program will take on the issues that are challenging access to ocean areas and resources by responsible industry operators. Click here to see the program.


This unique global gathering of the diverse ocean business community is not a conference to discuss the issues, enjoy some networking and hope someone else will do something.


The SOS is a working meeting to advance industry leadership and collaboration on shared ocean sustainability risks and opportunities through WOC programs.

Will you be there to help set the agenda for ensuring the future of your business?


The SOS 2013 program includes exceptional opportunities for ocean business leaders to understand and shape the future of ocean industries, through:

■ The pre-SOS “Oceans 2050” workshop - where business representatives will identify the drivers, trends, and scenarios affecting future ocean use and map out critical pathways for responsible industry success during the half-century ahead.

■ An opening “Ocean Executive Forum” - a plenary panel of industry CEOs and VPs from a range of sectors.

■ A keynote address by Admiral White, Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy.

■ The “Global Ocean Commission – Industry Forum” - the only business-led input directly to the former Presidents and Cabinet members chairing this new international ocean policy body.


The cross-cutting challenges affecting future ocean use will be the focus of sessions on:

■ Smart Ocean/Smart Industries: Scaling Up Data Collecting by Industry

■ Arctic Challenges and Opportunities for Responsible Industries

■ Ocean Policy and Ocean Industries in International Waters

■ Marine Spatial Planning

■ Sound and the Marine Environment

■ BioFouling and Invasive Species

■ Port Waste Reception

■ Marine Ecosystem Services

■ Sea Level Rise: Port and Coastal Infrastructure Adaptation

■ Financing Innovation and Technology for Ocean Sustainability


The Sustainable Ocean Summit is the multi-sectoral ocean industry gathering to develop leadership and collaboration on the sustainability risks and opportunities affecting the future of business in the marine environment.


Representatives of the international Ocean Business Community are invited to register here.


A few Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities remain available. Visit the SOS 2013 sponsorships page for more information.





Sustainable Ocean Summit Session to Initiate Global Multi-Industry Effort on the Science and Solutions to Sound in the Marine Environment

20 March 2013

The World Ocean Council’s newly formed Marine Sound Working Group is a collaborative industry forum focused on identifying and implementing real-world technical and operational solutions to understand and reduce potential negative impacts of sound from industrial activities on marine life.

Ocean businesses concerned with the marine sound issue are invited to the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) session on this complex challenge to help move forward with cross-sectoral collaboration and leadership in tackling the ocean sound issue.

The WOC Marine Sound Working Group will create business value and economies of scale in addressing marine sound by bringing together a diverse range of industries to:

■ Form partnerships with existing efforts on ocean sound and marine life.

■ Engage industries that generate sound but have been less involved to-date.

■ Enable responsible industries to be proactive rather than reactive to the evolving complexity in scientific findings and regulatory requirements.

■ Discuss and seek tangible solutions and applied research strategies and priorities.

The working group will kick off at the SOS 2103 2013 session and begin developing the its focus, likely to include:

■ Undertaking education and outreach on marine sound and marine life among ocean industries.

■ Promoting baseline data gathering and operations monitoring to assist in determining cumulative impacts.

■ Identifying responsible business practices regarding marine sound, such as reducing sound input through quieting technologies and operational measures, and making industry monitoring data on animal presence, abundance and impacts available.

■ Integrating passive acoustic and other monitoring efforts into ocean observing systems and platforms of opportunity.

■ Identifying and enabling applied research on behavior and physiological impacts, emphasizing sound sources that are less well known.

The Marine Sound Working Group is co-chaired by two of the world’s leading marine sound experts, Dr. Brandon Southall (SEA, Inc.) and John Young (CSA Sciences, Inc). The co-chairs are clearly aware of (and actively involved in) other efforts to understand and reduce the impacts of sound on marine life, including those of the Oil and Gas Producers Association (OGP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The cross-sectoral WOC Working Group will be structured and focused to create synergies with the important efforts of industry, government and others.

Limited space is still available at the SOS 2013 for members of the ocean business community only. Click here to register.




SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT: Limited Registrations and Hotel Space Remain

SOS 2013 Registration Is Filling Fast and Just a Few Hotel Rooms Remain

Dear Ocean Industry Colleagues,

There is limited space remaining at the Sustainable Ocean Summit.

Register now for SOS 2013 to enjoy the opportunity to participate in this unique two-yearly, agenda-setting gathering of the global ocean business community.

With over two thirds of the delegates from outside the United States, SOS 2013 is truly an international event: Representatives of the international Ocean Business Community are invited to register here.

Hotel rooms at the SOS 2013 venue – the Marriott at Metro Center – have been fully allocated. However, for a limited time the hotel will make best efforts to make additional rooms available. Reserve your room today at the Marriott’s SOS 2013 page.

When making travel plans, note that the SOS Welcome Reception at 6 PM on 22 April is open to all SOS 2013 registrants. SOS events during the day on 22 April are open only to representatives of the ocean business community.

The SOS program continues to add senior representatives from industry, government and other stakeholders groups. View the current version of the SOS 2013 program here.

A very limited number of Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities remain available. Visit the SOS 2013 sponsorships page for more information.

SOS: Helping to ensure the sustainability of your company by shaping the future of responsible ocean industry operations.

We look forward to welcoming all of the Sustainable Ocean Summit delegates to Washington, D.C. next month.



Dear Ocean Industry Colleagues,


Save now on the costs of attending the only truly global and multi-industry ocean business community forum on sustainability.

Who is supporting SOS 2013?

Industry associations from around the world and across the sectors have endorsed SOS 2013, including:

• International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
• International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI)
• International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC)
• Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
• Biomarine Business Convention
• Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
• Ocean Stewards Institute
• Marine Renewables Canada
• European Aquaculture Society
• German Association for Marine Technology
• Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT)

The full list of SOS Endorsers continues to grow and is found here.

Who will you hear and meet at SOS 2013?

The SOS program becomes more compelling by the day, with confirmed speakers and chairs including:

• Rachel Kyte, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
• Steve Carmel, Senior Vice President, Maersk Line Limited
• Rear Admiral Jonathan White, Oceanographer of the US Navy
• Mikael Thinghuus, CEO, Royal Greenland
• Gary Isaksen, Manager, Global Ocean Science & Policy, ExxonMobil
• Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping
• Mark Hall, President, Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies
• Kathryn Wightman-Beaven, Head of Global Corporate Responsibility, DP World
• David Lyons, Founding Partner/President, Capital Partners Worldwide
• John Englander, Author, “High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis”
• Peter Glazebrook, Principal Advisor – HSE, Rio Tinto
• Rolando Morillo, Portfolio Manager, Rockefeller Ocean Strategy
• Captain Jon Spaner, Director, Emerging Policy, US Coast Guard
• John Young, Director, Marine Sound, CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.
• Ben Davies, Manager, Materials Stewardship, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
• Craig McClean, Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA
• Tim Lunnel, Support & Development Director, International Tankers Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF)

The latest version of the SOS 2013 program can be found here.

Leadership companies will gather at SOS 2013 to advance business solutions to shared ocean sustainability challenges.

Will you be there? Register now and save!

The limited space at SOS 2013 is filling with senior industry representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy, mining, ports, dredging, marine science/technology, maritime legal, finance, and insurance, and other ocean industries.

It’s also not too late for your association to also endorse the premier global event on industry leadership in ocean science, stewardship and sustainability.

SOS: Helping to ensure the sustainability of your company by shaping the future of responsible ocean industry operations.

We look forward to seeing you at this unique gathering of the international ocean business community.



The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013), 22-24 April 2013, Washington D.C. is organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC).  SOS 2013 is the only international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges.

The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050 - The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas”. The SOS is designed by and for the diverse range of ocean industries: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, cables and pipelines, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others; and, space permitting, is open to ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities as well.

SOS 2013 will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability over the coming years and decades, including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; marine spatial planning; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; biofouling, biosecurity and invasive species; responsible use of the Arctic; sound and marine life; marine debris; marine mammal interactions; the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability.

For more information on the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 and the World Ocean Council visit


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