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#Oi2020 History

 In 2009, The US Navy announced that it would begin providing recently-developed underwater detection equipment to Canadian authorities to assist in the search and recovery operations of Swissair Flight 111 near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The equipment, known as the Synthetic Aperture Sonar and the Laser Electro-Optics Identification System, were both used to provide detailed images of the ocean floor and will be used to map the debris field. These systems are part of an equipment suite the U.S. Navy's Coastal Systems Station, Panama City, Fla., has developed to hunt underwater mines.

The future Capt. Jacques Cartier, the second of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) to be designed and built by Seaspan at its Vancouver Shipyards (VSY), began sea trials on October 10, 2019. Photo: Seaspan Shipyard.

Seaspan-Built CCG Ship Heads for Sea Trials

especially our Coast Guard community for your teamwork and dedication in achieving this major milestone. We are looking forward to delivering this second vessel to the Coast Guard later this year, which will enable them to do their critical work focused on the protection, preservation and conservation of Canada’s coastal waters.”This milestone on the second OFSV follows her launch on June 5 and the delivery of the first OFSV, the CCGS Sir John Franklin, on June 27. The CCGS Sir John Franklin is the first large vessel to be built and delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy.Given the

Philip Adams, Director UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Photo: UMass Dartmouth.

Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water

company has installed several generations of tidal turbines in the East River in NYC. Marcus Gay of Resolute Marine outlined their journey to harness wave power to pump water ashore for desalination, providing clean potable water - a valuable commodity globally. Lindsay Bennet, of the FORCE program in Canada, talked about their massive program, funded largely by the Canadian government to characterize the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy and work with world experts to test turbines at commercial scale. Many, many lessons have been learned there, principally, that it takes a lot of collaboration to

Two new Robert Allan Ltd custom-designed pusher tugs are now being operated along the Amazon River system by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd)

New Pusher Tugs for Hidrovias do Brasil

Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. has started operating two new pusher tugs custom-designed by Vancouver, Canada based Robert Allan Ltd, pushing barges containing bulk products along the Amazon River system. This HB PIRARARA shallow-draft pusher tug and sister vessel HB PIRARUCU have a Robert allan RApide 4000-Z3 tug design and were constructed by Estaleiro Rio Maguari in Belem, Brazil.Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were used in the early phases of the design work to optimize the hull shapes and minimize total convoy resistance, and the Z-drives fitted in customized tunnels designed to optimize

GeoSpectrum TRAPS onboard Canadian Navy’s Kingston-class coastal defense vessel (Photo: Elbit Systems)

Second Sonar Test Completed for Royal Canadian Navy

RCN’s vessels (tests of GTI’s TRAPS onboard HMCS Shawinigan were competed during September 2018).The performance trials of TRAPS with HMCS Glace Bay were conducted by the Department of National Defense’s science and technology organization and the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC).Easily deployed and recovered by a single operator, the sonar system showed great potential through the trials period, meeting predicted ranges in target detection, in both passive and active modes against different targets.TRAPS is a Low Frequency (LF) variable-depth-sonar intended for detection

Kongsberg Maritime will be able to support its Canadian operations through new offices based at the COVE facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. (Photo: COVE)

Kongsberg Maritime Moves Into COVE

water lot and 2,850 feet of docks and piers and Kongsberg will have access to office, shop and lab space at the ocean technology center which operates as a collaborative hub for applied innovation in the ocean sector and mainly aims to support the commercialization of ocean technology.Kongsberg Maritime Canada sales manager Nick Burchill commented: “Our presence at COVE is a logical extension of our established Dartmouth office. COVE keeps us in touch with developments in the local ocean-tech sector and brings us closer to our customers and industry partners.&rdquo

The bespoke drill rig being lowered over the side of the RRS James Cook. The rig is designed to push the curved steel pipe into the seabed sediment. Image: Copyright STEMM-CCS Project

Increased Confidence in CO2 Storage

curved steel pipe was successfully positioned within the sediment to ensure its exit was three metres beneath the seabed surface. It sounds simple, but in order to achieve this, a bespoke ‘drill’ rig to push the pipe into the sediment was developed and built by Cellula Robotics in Canada. The pipe was then connected by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to a CO2 supply on the seabed, allowing gas to flow through the pipe into the sediments. Again, this sounds simple, but specially-designed gas cylinders housed in a second rig had to be built to withstand the tough salt-water environment

Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Expands Canadian Operations

.The open culture at COVE is vital to sharing ideas that can improve performance and sustainability across the Canadian and global ocean economies.“Our presence at COVE is a logical extension of our established Dartmouth office,” said Nick Burchill, Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime, Canada. “COVE keeps us in touch with developments in the local ocean tech sector and brings us closer to our customers and industry partners. We look forward to expanding on existing relationships and finding new ways to introduce Canadian ocean tech to the world.”Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE, said

Kraken’s KATFISH high speed Synthetic Aperture Sonar towfish will be used to acquire ultra-high definition seabed images and bathymetry during the OceanVision project. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken Launches OceanVision Project

Starting in late September, Kraken Robotic Systems will deploy its sensors and unmanned underwater platforms to conduct ultra-high definition seabed imaging and mapping on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and other areas of Atlantic Canada, as part of the initial phase of its $20 million OceanVision project.Kraken’s OceanVision is a three-year project to develop new marine technologies and products to enable an underwater data acquisition and analytics as a service business. Through OceanVision, Kraken aims to accelerate its strategy from sensors and system sales to becoming an integrated provider

Tyler de Gier (Photo: Welaptega)

Welaptega Appoints New General Manager

Underwater inspection provider Welaptega said it has appointed a new general manager for its global business.Tyler de Gier has been promoted to the role from within the company and will be based in the company’s headquarters in Halifax, Canada. The appointment is of an internationpart al growth strategy for the business and follows the acquisition of the company by global subsea equipment and solutions specialist, Ashtead Technology, in November 2018.de Gier will oversee the day-to-day running of Welaptega, applying the group strategy and growing the business globally, with the support of

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