Printable Track Schedule - Manned Submersibles 

The Marine Technology Society committee on Manned Underwater Vehicles brings together professionals interested in the innovations of manned submersibles design, construction and operation and the quest for a variety of marine science and engineering goals. UI2020 will host the 17th Annual MUV Symposium; a three-day technical program that invites industry experts from around the world. The program offers presentations about:
  • Emerging MUV Design and Engineering Innovations
  • Advances in Material Science and Fabrication
  • MUV Operations – Private, Commercial, Research
  • Regulatory Updates
Each presentation has a focus is on manned submersible vehicles and often overlap into other areas of deep water intervention. As is our tradition, the symposium opens with the MUV Industry Overview for 2019-2020 with highlights from specific initiatives/expeditions conducted around the globe. This year, the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first TRIESTE dive to the Mariana Trench, and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and NASA’s manned exploration of the Moon. Presentations will feature Deep Ocean Expeditions, tourism and commercial vehicle operations; advances in subsea technology, underwater navigation, sonar, communication, as well as regulatory developments in design, testing and operation of MUVs.

For more than 15 years, MTS MUV has developed a regulatory and classification track that features leading representatives from ABS, DNVGL, US NAVY and US Coast Guard who on a regular basis review regulatory changes and adaptations for emerging technologies. This program is designed to give industry and regulators an opportunity to meet face to face and share best practices. Along with education and presentations, the Annual Symposium hosts a cocktail reception at the Marriott Hotel. This networking opportunity is open to all, offering MUV manufacturers, operators, and pilots a chance to connect, catch up and share stories in a reunion style evening.  Since 2003, the MTS MUV Symposium at Underwater Intervention is the only conference in the world that unites all MUV operators, manufacturers and stakeholders in one place. New Orleans, February 2020. 

Printable Track Schedule - Manned Submersibles

Download the Underwater Intervention 2020 Mobile App with session information for the Manned Submersibles track! 

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Will Kohnen
Hydrospace Group

William Kohnen is President/CEO of Hydrospace Group, a  world leader in design and manufacture of human occupancy pressurized systems, submarines, manned submersibles and PVHO systems for diving, medical and aerospace applications. .  Mr. Kohnen is a Marine Technology Society (MTS) fellow and chair of the MTS Manned Underwater Vehicles Committee since 2003. Mr. Kohnen is technical program chair for the Manned Submersible track at Underwater Intervention for the past 16 years and has established UI as the Annual Symposium for the MUV industry, the only conference that brings the international community to New Orleans. He promotes and presents submersible technology around the world and has published many articles on the worldwide State of Technology of Manned Submersibles. Mr. Kohnen has 30 years of engineering experience in aerospace and submersible vehicle design and development which include propulsion systems for manned and unmanned vehicle, pressure vessels for human occupancy, high reliability electric motors and actuators as well as optical lenses and acrylic windows for subsea and hyperbaric systems. Mr. Kohnen was CEO and co-founder of Seamagine Hydrospace Corp. a world leading manufacturer of commercial, ABS classed submersibles since 1995. He has over 20 years’ experience working with the US Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) rules as a member of the ABS Special Committee for Underwater Systems and Vehicles. He is also a Standards Committee member of the ASME Pressure Vessel for Human Occupancy Committee and industry technical contributor to DNVGL regarding new rules and regulations for underwater systems.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, born in Germany, raised in Canada and living in California. He is a US citizen fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.