‘Sea of Opportunities’. The Fourth ‘Marine Technology Forum’ was Held at Sevastopol State University
More than 500 schoolchildren and students, cadets at the Sevastopol Presidential Cadet and Nakhimov Naval Schools, young scientists and specialists in the maritime industry gathered together for the fourth ‘Marine Technology Forum’ at Sevastopol State University.
The goals of the forum were: the professional orientation of young people in matters of the maritime sphere of activity, the popularization of the Russian maritime industry and knowledge about the sea and demonstration of the capabilities of modern technology.
The presentations were: ‘Technologies for Underwater Archeology’, ‘Technologies for Marine Biology’, ‘Technologies for Innovative Shipbuilding’, ‘Underwater Robotics’, ‘Safety at Sea’, ‘Technologies for Underwater Technical Work’, ‘Technologies for Technical Engineering Work Underwater’, ‘Technologies for Emergency Rescue and Diving Operations’, ‘Technologies for the Unmanned Inspection of Marine Areas’ and ‘Instrumental Support for Marine Research’.
The forum participants were welcomed by the First Vice-Rector of Sevastopol State University, Denis Yarygin, and the Head of the Sevastopol Regional Branch of the Russian Public Organization of Combat Brotherhood Veterans, Vasily Zubenko.
At one of the locations , the exposition was presented by the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“The exposition presents a range of instrument engineering and marine technologies that are being developed at the Marine Hydrophysical Institute. The Institute is the oldest academic and one of the leading oceanological centers in the world, that deals with the areas of the Russian economy related to maritime activities and operational monitoring of the oceans, including such a strategically important area as the Arctic”, said Alla Mukhanova, the leading specialist of the Institute.
There is a postgraduate course at the Marine Hydrophysical Institute.
“We were invited to the forum to show the prospects for the development of the master's programme ‘Marine Archeology’and to present the exposition of the Black Sea Center for Marine Research, the only specialized institution in the sphere of study, the preservation and popularization of the underwater cultural heritage of Russia,” said Viktor Vakhoneev, a scientist at the Center for Marine Research and Technology.
The Sevastopol Presidential Cadet School works closely with Sevastopol State University. “We are preparing our cadets to become military naval officers, so the topic of underwater robotics is very relevant for us. To implement the programmes, we turned to Sevastopol State University, and now the students are taught robotics by undergraduates of the university and prepare projects with them, ”said Natalya Klimchuk, Senior Methodologist of the Scientific Center.
Victor Lebedinsky, the Head of the Syrian Expedition and a researcher at the Center for Marine Research and Technology at Sevastopol State University, spoke about the scientific expeditions of Sevastopol State University.
“Our exposition presents the results of the Crimean and Syrian expeditions - the achievements of recent years. We examined shipwrecks in the Balaclava area, the Northern district of Sevastopol and the ancient coastline along the entire Heracleian Peninsula. This is a diverse study, the study of sunken ships, shipwrecks from antiquity and the modeling of the coastline. As the sea level changed, the configuration of the bays in Sevastopol also changed. For example, there was practically no Round Bay, and Streletskaya, Kamyshovaya and Kazach’ya Bays were the ones mostly used. We also made a model from cartographic data of the shape and size of the Khersones settlement”, said Lebedinsky. The scientist also talked about the expedition in Syria. “Last year, the first season took place. Now we are preparing for the next. In the Syrian Arab Republic, underwater archaeological explorations were conducted in the water area of Tartus. Over a hundred objects were discovered. One can already say that these are archaeological sites and parts of the islands that collapsed into the sea”, he said.