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CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent  (File photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

Canada Embarks on Arctic Survey Mission

Canada has launched its 2016 Arctic expedition to collect important scientific information to support the nation’s submission on the extended continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. This year’s survey is a collaborative effort with Sweden, and Danish scientists will also participate in the research.   The Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent left Dartmouth on July 22, 2016, for Tromsø, Norway, where it will take on board personnel from Natural Resources Canada’s Geological Survey of Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service and

Icebergs: Photo Canadian Govt.

Canada Announces Franklin Search, 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition:

The Govermnent of Canada announces that with an unprecedented number of organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors it will partner together, using state-of-the-art technology, to locate the historic ships of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition. The 2014 Franklin Expedition will also have the added benefit of furthering our knowledge in a number of priority areas, including through the collection of important scientific information about Canada's most remote region. About the expedition Government partners for the 2014 Victoria Strait expedition include Parks Canada

HMS Erebus (Image: Parks Canada)

Discovered Franklin Expedition Ship is HMS Erebus

the command of Sir John Franklin, with Captain Francis Rawdon Crozier second in command, the expedition’s two ships set out with a total complement of 129 officers and men. The two expedition ships were last seen entering Baffin Bay in August 1845. Since 2008, there have been six major Parks Canada-led searches for the lost Franklin Expedition ships, pain-stakingly covering many hundreds of square kilometers of the Arctic seabed. The initial discovery of a ship belonging to the Franklin Expedition, made by side-scan sonar towed from the Parks Canada research vessel Investigator, was confirmed

Photo: Canada Fisheries and Oceans

Canada Introduces Regulations to Address Aquatic Invasive Species

New regulations will help prevent the introduction, spread and establishment of aquatic invasive species in Canada   The entry into force of new regulations to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Canadian waters was announced today by Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Gail Shea.   The Government of Canada, which spends more than $14 million on AIS issues annually, worked with provincial and territorial governments to develop the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations. The regulations provide tools for both the Department and provinces to prevent

Radial velocity data obtained on March 27 shows the first ocean current radial velocity data out to 85 km from shore (Image: ASL Environmental Sciences)

Canada Installs Radar to Detect Tsunamis

The hardware installation of Ocean Networks Canada’s Near-Field Tsunami Detection for the West Coast of Vancouver Island was completed on March 27, 2015   Ocean Networks Canada—an initiative of the University of Victoria—together with ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. of Victoria BC, Northern Radar Inc. of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Helzel Messtechnik GmbH of Germany, announced the installation of a WERA NorthernRadar system that will detect near-field tsunamis.   The WERA system was installed at the Tofino Airport so that tsunamis generated off the west coast of

Canada to Build 7 New Survey Vessels

Charting Canada's waters: Canada’s government to build seven new hydrographic survey vessels   Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Hunter Tootoo, announced that Kanter Marine Inc. of St. Thomas, Ontario is the winning bidder for the procurement of seven new survey vessels for the Canadian Hydrographic Service to support the seabed surveying and charting of Canada’s navigable waters.   The $5.3 million investment will go toward customized hydrographic survey vessels that will be outfitted with permanent state-of-the-art multibeam sonar systems

Irving Shipbuilding Invests in Ocean Technology Programs

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. said it has made a multimillion dollar investment to support marine innovation and commercialization in Nova Scotia and across Canada.    The shipbuilder is investing $4.52 million in the newly established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), an ocean innovation centre to be located on the waterfront in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The investment over the next five years represents the largest private sector contribution COVE has received to date.    At COVE, ocean science research, start-ups, R&D-intensive companies, industry and Nova

The detached ship’s bell of HMS Erebus as found on the deck next to the windlass. Note the embossed ‘broad arrow’ British government property mark, and the embossed date 1845. (© Parks Canada / Thierry Boyer)

Bell Recovered from Wreck of HMS Erebus

The ship's bell recovered from the recently discovered Franklin Expedition shipwreck, HMS Erebus, was unveiled by the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada. The artifact was recovered during dives and archaeological investigation by Parks Canada's underwater archaeology team in September. The bell was found on the deck adjacent to the ship's displaced windlass (a form of anchor winch), above which it was originally mounted. Since then, the bell has been undergoing conservation stabilization and additional research. The bell is intact and

WOC Co-organizing International Workshop

WOC Co-organizing International Workshop on The World Ocean Council (WOC) and Canada’s Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network are co-organizing an international workshop to advance ocean industry data collecting and sharing. The event will set the stage for an initial Canadian Atlantic pilot project on ocean observations by industry, in support of Canada’s commitment to trans-Atlantic research under the “Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation,” with potential for future expansion to the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The three-day

Lockheed Martin Seeking Atlantic Canada Companies for Shipbuilding Projects

Lockheed Martin Canada, a major supplier of systems, software and professional services to the Royal Canadian Navy, will be in Saint John, Halifax and St. John’s this week to meet with companies that could become partners and suppliers on shipbuilding projects, including the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and other future programs.  In each location, Lockheed Martin officials will provide a briefing on how companies can prepare and position themselves for shipbuilding work through major contractors and then will conduct a series of one-on-one meetings to learn about the capabilities of many

A shipping vessel navigates Canada’s Arctic waters. The MEOPAR network and Irving Shipbuilding announced $1.8 million in funding to support nine ocean research initiatives, including three projects to ensure safer, more culturally sensitive shipping and improved emergency response abilities in Canada’s Arctic. (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

MEOPAR, Irving Shipbuilding Support Ocean Research

The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. have partnered to award $1.8 million in support of nine new ocean research projects that align with MEOPAR’s aim to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate and respond to marine risk.   “Irving Shipbuilding’s $1 million contribution in support of progressive, coast-to-coast-to-coast marine research highlights the importance of effective industry and academic partnerships,” said MEOPAR Scientific Director Dr. Douglas Wallace. “As a result of their

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia, a hydrophone listening station has been deployed by the Port Metro Vancouver, with support from the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada and JASCO Applied Sciences, to monitor underwater vessel noise in the Strait of Georgia.    The hydrophone listening station deployment and monitoring activities are part of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, which aims to find ways to reduce impacts that shipping

Three New Members Join Subsea UK Board

Nicky Etherson, group commercial director for Bibby Offshore; Zander Bruce, subsea operations manager for BP North Sea; and Phil Simons, vice president (North Sea and Canada) for Subsea 7, have joined the board of Subsea UK.    Etherson brings over 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industry, having previously worked for oil and gas majors Acergy Limited, Total E&P and Technip Offshore, covering a range of services, including drilling, well control, subsea support, logistics and topside operations.    Before joining BP in 2001 Bruce held a number of roles in the

Gas Pipeline in Alberta  (courtesy of Ziff)

Ziff Energy Announces Western Canada Oil & Gas Full-Cycle Cost Study

Ziff Energy has  announced  the launch of its Western Canada Oil & Gas Full-Cycle Cost Study. The study will provide granular detail on Western Canada full-cycle oil and gas costs as well as analyze full-cycle costs for 7 oil strategy areas and 11 gas strategy areas.   The oil strategy areas to be analyzed include heavy oil, central Alberta, northern Alberta, southern Alberta, Cardium, Viking, and Bakken. The gas strategy areas to be analyzed include Duvernay, Montney, Horn River, deep basin, west central Alberta, British Columbia plains, southern shallow, northern shallow

Planned Hebron GBS Platform: Image credit Statoil

Statoil in New Field Development Offshore Canada

depth. The Hebron field is estimated to produce more than 700 million barrels of oil. The platform is being designed for an oil production rate of 150,000 barrels of oil per day. For Statoil, which holds a 9.7% share in Hebron, this is a significant component in the growth of the company’s Canada East Coast operations. “Hebron is an important project for Statoil and for Newfoundland and Labrador. It is economically strong and it will contribute significantly to Statoil’s production for years to come,” says Atle Aadland, vice president, Offshore Canada. “With

Oceanography file image CCL

Bay of Fundy Weather Buoy Project Launched

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and partners have announced funding for the SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project to help improve the efficiency, safety and environmental stewardship of marine transportation in the Bay of Fundy. In line with measures already taken to strengthen Canada's tanker safety system, this project will help to further modernize Canada's marine navigation system by providing accurate and real-time meteorological/hydrological data that will be used to produce high-resolution forecasts of weather and sea conditions, and for scientific research. The SmartATLANTIC

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Side-scan, ROV, Search for Lost Franklin Ships Under Way

The search capacity this year, beginning around 10, August 2013, for almost 6 weeks in the Canadian Arctic will be the most comprehensive yet:  Parks Canada will be joined by a broad array of partners for a fifth season in search for the historic shipwrecks 'HMS Erebus' and 'HMS Terror', from the ill-fated Sir John Franklin voyage. This year, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and Defence Research & Development Canada (DRDC) will lend their expertise and enthusiasm to the project, which also includes the Arctic Research Foundation, the Government of Nunavut, Canadian Hydrographic Service, Canadian

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