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2022 Plenary Highlights

Updated Tuesday 03 May 2022

Day Two: Wednesday 27th April 2022

To accommodate ICPC’s global membership, Day Two commenced at 7:00am UTC to another well-attended and engaged audience.

Day Two included four live online presentations:
  • ‘The Tonga Cable Outage: Drawing Lessons Demonstrating Our Need to Strengthen Resilience and Consider Political, Economic and Development Impacts’ presented by Mr Bart Hogeveen from Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • ‘Could ICPC’s Best Practices Be Implemented as a Legislation for Legal Protection of Submarine Cables: A Case Study in Malaysia’ presented by Mr Wahab Jumrah from Optic Marine Group
  • ‘Extending the Reach of Sub-Sea Passive Fibre Optic Cables by Feeding a Mid-Span Remote Optical Pumped Amplifier (ROPA) from a Separate Cable’ presented by Mr Rolf Bøe from Tampnet
  • ‘The ‘Collect Once, Use Often’ Ethos: How to Make Data Work for Permitting’ presented by Dr Lorraine Gray from Pioneer Consulting
At the conclusion of Day 2 of the Plenary, ICPC’s Project Manager John Wrottesley moderated and presented the pre-recorded panel titled: ‘Cable Protection – A Regional Perspective’ with panellists, Joska Ferenz (representing OSCA); Adnan Hidic (representing DKCPC); Bob Wargo (representing NASCA); and Steve Dawe (representing ESCA).

The ICPC thanks you very much for attending the 2022 ICPC Virtual Plenary that was held online for an invigorating two days and reminds you that if you missed any of the sessions, ICPC Members will have the opportunity to view all the recorded presentations on-demand.

ICPC Members help make the annual Plenaries a success and we thank you again for your participation and we plan to see you in-person from 18th – 20th April in Madrid, Spain! Stay tuned later this year for full details in regards to the ‘Call for Papers’, venue details, and registration.

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Day One: Tuesday 26th April 2022

Installing, Operating and Maintaining Resilient Submarine Cable Infrastructure in a Rapidly Evolving Global Environment

With close to 300 ICPC Members registered to attend the event along with 45 guest observers and over 20 invited speakers, Day One of the 2022 ICPC Virtual Plenary successfully commenced at 1:00pm UTC to a large online audience. General Manager Ryan Wopschall and ICPC Chair Malcolm Eccles warmly welcomed all delegates and introduced the wide array of topics from expert presenters.

Day One included seven live online presentations:
  • ‘NATO Operation Sea Guardian - Supporting Maritime Security in the Mediterranean’ presented by Commander António Mourinha from Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)
  • ‘iAtlantic: A Health Check for Atlantic Ocean Ecosystems’ presented by Professor Murray Roberts from University of Edinburgh (School of GeoSciences)
  • ‘Global Communications Infrastructure: Undersea and Beyond’ presented by Mrs Lori Gordon from Aerospace Corporation & Ms. Karen Jones from The Center for Space Policy and Strategy
  • ‘Hot Topics in Law and Regulation of Submarine Cables’ presented by Mr Kent Bressie from Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP and ICPC International Cable Law Adviser (ICLA)
  • ‘Cooperative Resource Protection in a Blue Economy: Marine Spatial Planning to the Rescue’ presented by Commodore Daniel Atakpa from the Nigerian Navy
  • ‘Revolutionizing Antarctic Science: The Impact of an Instrumented Subsea Cable between New Zealand and Antarctica’ presented by Mr Peter Neff from University of Minnesota
  • ‘Sensing the Future - Photonics and the Development of Fiber Optic Based Monitoring Capabilities for Subsea Cables. Have We arrived at an ‘Always-On,’ Constant Monitoring State for Sub-Sea Cable Asset Protection?’ presented by Dr Nate Lindsey from FiberSense Pty Limited
Please note, if you missed any of the sessions, ICPC Members will have the opportunity to view the recorded presentations on-demand.

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