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Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

from ships, the board said in its report.It made 16 new recommendations, ranging from offsetting increased underwater noise to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The recommendations are outside of the NEB's authority to impose, and constitute advice to the government, it noted.The Canadian government in September directed the board to conduct a new review of its application to nearly triple the capacity of Trans Mountain, which the government bought last year from Kinder Morgan Canada to ensure it gets built.The move came after Canada's Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Liberal

ThunderFish prototype undergoing sea trials in Halifax Harbour, November 2017. (Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Kraken AUV Prequalified for Canada’s BCIP

The Canadian Government has notified Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., that its Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) application has been approved. The company has been prequalified into the program for its ThunderFish 300 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for military and scientific applications. Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, "We are proud to have achieved prequalification status with the BCIP. This is yet another significant milestone in Kraken’s evolution to becoming a vertically integrated underwater robotics company.” T

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MetOcean Telematics Wins Canada Satcom Contract

MetOcean Telematics said it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide global satellite communications to the Canadian Government, exclusively through the Iridium network.   The agreement will feature MetOcean Telematics hardware products and services, deployed for use by more than 150 Canadian Government agencies. The Iridium network satellite constellation offers 100 percent global coverage, including the polar regions, such as the remote Arctic territory of northern Canada.   MetOcean Telematics notes it has significant experience providing remote monitoring technology for

Computer-generated image of Kraken’s Autonomous Launch & Recovery System (A-LARS) with the KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar underwater towbody (Image: Kraken)

Canadian Government Backs Kraken

. Having in-house capability to design and manufacture Autonomous Launch and Recovery Systems will add significant benefits as we continue to evolve our Sensors-to-Systems strategy. This funding will also help position our office in Nova Scotia for potential handling systems work scope related to the Canadian Surface Combatant program. NRC-IRAP has been a tremendous partner to Kraken and we are very grateful for their continued support."   The NRC funding will be used to expand Kraken's Handling Systems Division that is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This group is led by Mr. Bill Spencer

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OceanServer Orders 10 DVLs from Teledyne RDI

and current profiling capability on board OceanServer Technology’s Iver3-580 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). These vehicles are designed for customers and applications which include the U.S. Navy Fleet Survey Team for littoral data collection to support the Warfighter's needs, the Canadian Government for Advanced Mine-Counter-Measures Research, several universities for various research programs, and commercial survey providers doing coastal engineering projects. This brings the total number of DVLs ordered by OceanServer for integration onto IVER AUVsystems to 66. The Explorer DVL provides

Partnership Seeks New Tidal Sensor Technologies

progress will be made by combining the expertise, knowledge and experience to tackle common problems.”   OERA’s investment of $500,000 represents Nova Scotia’s contribution to these projects. Innovate UK is contributing $331,000 with remaining funds being provided by Canadian government agencies and industry partners’ in-kind leverage in both Canada and the UK

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Imperial Oil/Exxon/BP Gr defer drilling in Canada's Arctic

Canadian Arctic waters and are seeking an extension to their exploration license in the region. Pius Rolheiser, a spokesman for Imperial, said the license for the group's exploration parcel in the Beaufort Sea, a section of the Arctic Ocean, expires in 2020. He said the group is asking the Canadian government for a seven-year extension so it can complete the requirements of the regulatory process and have adequate time to make a decision on how, or when, it will drill a well in the region. "There's a significant amount of work between where we are today and where we would need to be if

Imperial Oil Defers Drilling in Canada's Beaufort Sea

an exploratory well in the Beaufort Sea in Canada's Arctic as it seeks an extension to the length of its exploration license in the region.   Pius Rolheiser, a spokesman for the company, said the license, which it shares with Exxon Mobil Corp and BP Plc, expires in 2020 and it is asking the Canadian government for a nine-year extension so it can complete the regulatory process and have adequate time to make a decision on how or when it will drill a well in the region.     (Reporting by Scott Haggett; Editing by Tom Brown

 A 3D printed model of the HMS Erebus as it now sits on the ocean floor.

Canadian Government Unveils 3D Model of HMS Erebus

  A partnership between Canadian government and private industry today unveiled high precision 3D printed models of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin’s lead ship found last year in Canada’s Arctic waters as part of Parks Canada’s search for the vessels of the lost 1845 expedition. The model was unveiled in Fredericton, New Brunswick.   Officials from Fisheries and Oceans Canada joined with Canadian geospatial software company CARIS and geomatics technology innovation support centre TECTERRA to unveil the models.   “Canadian innovation continues to play a major

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Right Whales are All Right Thanks to N. Atlantic Partnership

believe this partnership model is a great example of how industry and conservation interests can be both collaborative and pragmatic by effecting real change within our environment." In 2003, Irving Oil worked collaboratively with academics, professional mariners, environmental groups, the Canadian government, and the International Maritime Organization to reroute shipping lanes away from a significant right whale feeding ground and nursery habitat area. This marked the first time in maritime history that shipping lanes were altered to protect an endangered species; the changes reduced the

Canadian Government Supports Port Security R&D

James Moore, Minister of Industry, has announced a $2-million repayable contribution for research and development activities on new maritime surveillance technology being performed by AXYS Technologies Inc. Minister Raitt made the announcement at the 55th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities in Nanaimo, British Columbia. AXYS specializes in environmental monitoring systems for ports worldwide. This project will help the company develop applications that collect, analyze and display sensitive maritime data to enhance port and harbour security. Users will be able to

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