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Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard inside Trieste’s cabin, 1959. Image courtesy Don Walsh

Oi '20 Celebrates 50: Captain Don Walsh, USN Deep Submersible Pilot #1

its Golden Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter reached out to the industry for insights on the evolution and value of the event. MTR will publish a special "50th" anniversary edition celebrating this milestone, for distribution at the event in London. Here we speak with Captain Don Walsh, USN Deep Submersible Pilot #1, who with Jacques Piccard made the historic dive to the deepest ocean depths onboard the submersible Trieste 60 years ago.“Having been a part of its early evolution, I was convinced that the Oi series were the ‘gold standard’ of ocean-related exhibitions

At 88 years young, Capt. Walsh still runs the day-to-day operations of International Maritime, a consulting company he established in 1976.
Image Courtesy Don Walsh.

Trieste: 60th Anniversary of Deepest Dive

Plunging into the deep, dark abyss of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard heard a loud cracking sound in their vessel—the bathyscaphe Trieste, which the Office of Naval Research (ONR) purchased for scientific observations.Already 30,000 feet below sea level, Walsh and Piccard faced the ultimate decision—risk their lives to become the first people to travel to the deepest part of the ocean, the Challenger Deep, or return to safety.The crack had scarred one of Trieste’s outer plexiglass panels. Walsh and Piccard (whose

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

launched, with one show in Miami and then another in New Orleans in 2003 (when a New Orleans funeral march band was commissioned to walk through the show halls …), before being dropped. Despite the lack of success at these shows, for Carter, the experience meant meeting and working closely with Don Walsh, one of the few to have visited the depths of the Mariana Trench, alongside Jacques Piccard, and then U.S. Navy Oceanographer, and later Chief Scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Rick Spinrad.Ocean science has also continued to develop and expand. There have been

OiA ’19 Conference Chairman, Ralph Rayner, on stage at Catch The Next Wave in San Diego in 2017. Photo: Oceanology International

Oi Americas Set for San Diego

with a Welcome Video from renowned filmmaker, passionate deep-sea explorer and philanthropist James Cameron, best known in the wider sphere for directing blockbusters such as Avatar, The Abyss, Titanic and Terminator 2: Judgement Day.Following Cameron’s welcome, a keynote will be delivered by Don Walsh, President of International Maritime Inc. Formerly a US Navy captain, Don Walsh has achieved a great deal in a career spanning more than 65 years, including a record-breaking 1960 dive in the bathyscaphe Trieste to a depth of almost 36,000ft in the Mariana Trench and, mirroring one of James Cameron&rsqu

(Image: Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean University)

Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

, junior faculty, and now, with Rainbowfish, to employees.With a commitment to global sustainability and academic collaboration, Cui has assembled an advisory board of some of the world’s most preeminent figures in deep ocean science and technology, including Bathyscaph Trieste pilot #1 Dr. Don Walsh, Dr. Sylvia Earle who brings her Ocean Everest advocacy, Russia’s MIR Program Director Dr. Anatoly Sagalevich, DEEPSEA CHALLENGER co-designer and explorer James Cameron, WHOI’s Andy Bowen, Newcastle University’s Dr. Alan Jamison, Scripps Institution’s Dr. Douglas Bartlett

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Ocean vs Space: Exploration and the Quest to Inspire the Public

the world’s best known movie directors, personally embarked on an extremely dangerous mission to the bottom of the Mariana Trench (approximately 11 kilometers deep and approximately 300 kilometers from the nearest land). As the third person in human history to do this (Jacques Piccard and Capt. Don Walsh made this journey for the first time in 1960), it was an incredible testament to human achievement. In one example, we have a robot on a daring mission of exploration and discovery. In the other example, we have a very famous person on a daring mission of exploration and discovery. Both showcase

Registration Open for Oceanology International

Science and Technology, this is primarily an invitation-only event, but a limited number of delegate places will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis. The full program will be announced on ctnwconference.com in early January 2014. Speakers will include a keynote address by Captain Don Walsh, USN (Retired), International Maritime Inc, who with Jacques Piccard, dived in Trieste in 1960 to the deepest place in the world ocean – 35,840 ft in the Mariana Trench, and his interest continues to this day. Following on from the inaugural event, the conference will continue the exploration

Registration Open for Oceanology International

and Technology, this is primarily an invitation-only event, but a limited number of delegate places will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis.   The full program will be announced on www.ctnwconference.com in early January 2014. Speakers will include a keynote address by Captain Don Walsh, USN (Retired), International Maritime Inc, who with Jacques Piccard, dived in Trieste in 1960 to the deepest place in the world ocean – 35,840 ft in the Mariana Trench, and his interest continues to this day. Following on from the inaugural event, the conference will continue the exploration

Photo: OI China

Oceanology International China Paves Way for 2014 Repeat

Institute, Beijing; Sylvain Barbot, Nanyang Assistant Professor, National Research Fellow, Earth Observatory of Singapore; Yousheng Wu, Academic, 702 Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp; Dr Sylvia Earle, Founder of DOER Marine and renowned Oceanographer and Explorer; and Captain Don Walsh USN (retired), PhD, President, International Maritime Inc. Subsequent conference sessions covered Underwater Vehicle Technology; Navigation and Positioning; Ocean Observation Systems and Instrumentation and Offshore Survey, Geophysics and Geotechnics.  oceanologyinternational.com  

Report cover courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific

First US National Ocean Exploration Program Report

Ocean Institute, Google, Inc., the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Esri, NASA, the National Geographic Society, the National Research Foundation, the Ocean Exploration Trust, the Roddenberry Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of State. Renowned explorers Sylvia Earle, Don Walsh, and Walter Munk were among those in attendance offering input, as were Google Earth creator Michael Jones and representatives from state and federal agencies. The full report is now available at: aquariumofpacific.org/ocean_exploration_2020_report, and at: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/oceanexplora

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