Bordeaux, France, was the scene of an unusual exhibition this week -- "Oceanexpo", a gathering of oceanographic ships, equipment and experts from several nations.
Bordeaux, France, was the scene of an unusual exhibition this week -- "Oceanexpo", a gathering of oceanographic ships, equipment and experts from several nations. The first exhibition of its kind to be held in France, it provides some interesting film.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet Union oceanographic ship "Akademik Vernadsky", pride of its fleet, was one of the star attractions at an unusual exhibition this week in Bordeaux, France -- "Oceanexpo". At the four-day exhibition, which ended yesterday, (Friday March 12) were oceanographic ships, equipment, and experts from fifteen nations -- including the United States of American the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, Britain, Japan, West Germany, Italy Peru, Pakistan and the Netherlands.
The latest in diving equipment and techniques were demonstrated in the Oceanexpo hall alongside the quay where the ships were berthed. Most modern underwater equipment, incidentally, is painted yellow as this is easiest to see in water. A new one-man diving bell, instrumented for collecting information at deep levels, is the latest of its kind.
Models on display showed underwater oil drilling rigs and their equipment, including ocean-floor oil storage tanks.
Normally, robot arms like this are attached to diving bells for collecting underwater materials -- but in true French spirit, this one showed its ingenuity by pouring glasses of wine.
Another star attraction was a model of a yellow submarine from the United States, and even the seal-sal industry was found a place among the exhibits. Meanwhile, during the exhibition Soviet scientists released news of an important new information-gathering automatic buoy. This youngster, however, was more interested in playing with a model ship.