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Algoma Joins Whale Conservation Efforts

North Atlantic right whales.MMON initiated the maritime industry’s participation in the data collection about marine mammals in 2015 with Groupe Desgagnés and Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group. Green Marine subsequently became a part of the project financed by the Government of Canada through its Habitat Stewardship for Species at Risk program to develop the required training materials and facilitate networking with ship owners. The collected data is disseminated publicly through the St. Lawrence Global Observatory website.“The maritime industry’s commitment

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Canada to Study Shipping's Environmental Impact

The Government of Canada is acting to preserve and restore marine ecosystems that are vulnerable to increased marine shipping and development.Transport Canada has awarded a contract to ESSA Technologies Ltd. under the Oceans Protection Plan to look at methodologies and tools to assess the cumulative impacts of marine shipping on coastal marine ecosystems.Transport Canada’s national cumulative effects assessment framework for marine shipping will identify regionally specific tools to assess the effects of existing and future vessel movements on the environment.ESSA Technologies and Transport

New Ocean Technology Innovation Center Opened

great companies,” said Minister Labi Kousoulis on behalf of Nova Scotia’s Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan. “We are proud to have this world-class facility in our province and region.”COVE has been developed with the generous support of the Province of Nova Scotia, Government of Canada and Irving Shipbuilding. In addition to the purchase of the property, the Province of Nova Scotia has invested approximately $15 million in the renovations of the site as well as IT infrastructure, and will contribute $300,000 annually for incubation activities. The Government of Canada has

Kongsberg Maritime CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Image credit: Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Cameras Chosen for Canada's Arctic Patrol Ships

environment such as an upgraded, High Definition, version of the proven Kongsberg Maritime Helicopter Operations Surveillance System (HOSS), which will assist in monitoring of the take-off and landing operations off the CH-148 Cyclone naval helicopters that the vessels will support. AOPS is a Government of Canada procurement project for the RCN. The project is expected to equip the Canadian Forces with six naval ice-capable offshore patrol ships able to assert and enforce sovereignty in Canada’s waters where and when necessary, including the Arctic. The first Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship is scheduled

Irving Shipbuilding Invests in Ocean Technology Programs

ocean technology cluster in Nova Scotia. This will put us on the map as one of the best places in the world to do ocean-based technology research and development."    The federal and provincial governments are also supporting the establishment of COVE. In September 2016, the Government of Canada committed $7.17 million and the Province of Nova Scotia committed $12.55 million to support the refurbishment of the site and development of facilities at COVE.    The Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said, "These investments

Maryanne Burke (Photo: U.S. Commercial Service)

Global Markets Ripe for US Marine Technologies

increased demand for oil and gas exploration and offshore support vessels.    Our U.S. Commercial Service team continues to receive trade leads from all around the world: a tender from Jordan needing consultants for the Red Sea/Dead Sea Project; and several tenders from the Government of Canada looking for various mapping instruments and data collection technologies among the most recent. Feel free to get on our Marine Technology Team email list (on our website) for news of the latest opportunities.    Do U.S. marine tech firms have a competitive edge vs. the international

CHS Contracts Fugro for Hydrographic Services

using Fugro’s vessels, equipment and personnel. The resulting data will be used by CHS ultimately to update its nautical charts.   This Supply Arrangement, together with the Supply Arrangement for Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) awarded in 2013, will enable Fugro to fully support the Government of Canada in its plans to implement an integrated multi-platform methodology to hydrographic surveying anywhere in Canada, including the Arctic region

Canada to Build 7 New Survey Vessels

Lakes, in Arctic waters and on the East Coast.   “These new hydrographic survey vessels are critical investments, which will improve marine safety and allow us to deepen our scientific knowledge of our oceans and waterways. This innovative technology will help us to deliver on the Government of Canada’s commitment to protect our marine environment and manage our fisheries in a sustainable way,” Tootoo said.   The vessels are currently expected to begin construction immediately, with production and delivery to be complete by March 2017. Fisheries and Oceans Canada expects

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Canada Introduces Regulations to Address Aquatic Invasive Species

, 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 the introduction and spread of AIS, while aiming

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MetOcean Telematics Wins Canada Satcom Contract

various applications, as well service and support to emergency and disaster response teams. As a global Iridium reseller and manufacturer of Iridium satellite communications hardware solutions, MetOcean Telematics said it will deliver reliable, global satellite communications and support to the Government of Canada.   Canada, the second-largest country by total area, occupying 3.85 million square miles, will now deploy the latest in MetOcean Telematics satellite communications technology, enabling quick responses in areas that are not serviced by conventional mobile communications technology.

Underwater image captured using an EM 712 multibeam echo sounder (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Canadian Coast Guard Expands Mapping Capability

, ice protected, deep-water sounders from KONGSBERG. The light icebreaker CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier is equipped with a retractable Kongsberg EM 2040C high resolution, shallow-water multibeam echo sounder.    Kongsberg Maritime has supplied multibeam echo sounders and electronics to the Government of Canada since the early 1980s. Canada’s first ice protected multibeam echo sounder was installed on the research vessel CCGS Amundsen in 2003 and has been in operation for almost 14 years

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre at the Gulf Fisheries Center in Moncton, N.B. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Invests in Marine Science

The Government of Canada is investing to help ensure the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors thrive, remain sustainable and healthy, while employing jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians.   Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Center at the Gulf Fisheries Center.   Over the next few years, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will transform the Gulf Region’s regional headquarters building, the Gulf Fisheries Center, into a world class, innovative and collaborative

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 west coast of Vancouver Island can be measured. The radar and alerts it generates are part of the Ocean Networks Canada Smart Ocean Systems that is strengthening Canada’s technological position providing ocean knowledge for sound decision making. Ocean Networks Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and includes a partnership with IBM Canada.    Similar to the disastrous March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, the west coast of British Columbia has the potential for very large earthquakes to occur along the boundaries of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. It is anticipated that the

Construction crew removes contaminated sediment from White Lake. (Photo: EPA)

Two Great Lakes Toxic Hotspots Restored

the process to delist the Deer Lake and White Lake Areas of Concern. EPA reviewed the environmental monitoring data submitted with MDEQ’s requests and determined that both Areas of Concern were eligible to be delisted. EPA provided notice of intent to delist the two Areas of Concern to the government of Canada, tribal nations, the International Joint Commission and the general public. MDEQ will continue to monitor ecological conditions in the delisted Areas of Concern, with support from EPA. In 2013, the Presque Isle Bay Area of Concern (Lake Erie, Pa.) was delisted, the first since GLRI was

Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announces new funding for the fight against Asian carps. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Ramps up Its Fight against Great Lakes’ Asian Carp

through early warning surveillance, partnering and outreach activities.   Gould said, “I am pleased that Burlington is home to a state-of-the-art laboratory which has bolstered our efforts to fight the entry of Asian carps into the Great Lakes through research and innovation. The Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that we take all possible measures to protect our treasured Great Lakes.”   This funding will allow Fisheries and Oceans Canada to expand the Asian Carp Program to increase protection of our Great Lakes and preserve our fisheries.   LeBlanc 

(R-L) Captain Chris Hearn, Director, Center for Marine Simulation and Maria Halfyard, Manager, Applied Research and Industrial Projects  in the Offshore Operations Simulator which is outfitted with a DP system (controller is on the left) (Photo: National Research Council of Canada)

Station-Keeping In Ice

based scenarios—are playing key roles in an applied research project underway in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.    The Center for Marine Simulation (CMS) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in St. John’s, in partnership with the Government of Canada’s National Research Council Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering (NRC OCRE) also in St. John’s and Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd., are conducting a five-year research project to address these issues. The funding totals $8.6 million ($C), including $1.8 million in in-kind contributio

The collected data is disseminated publicly through the St. Lawrence Global Observatory website  Photo courtesy Green Marine

Oceanex Joins Fleet of Trained Whale Watchers

relevance.”   ROMM initiated the maritime industry’s participation in the data collection regarding marine mammals in 2015 with Groupe Desgagnés and Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group. Green Marine subsequently became a part of the project financed by the Government of Canada through its Habitat Stewardship for Species at Risk program to develop the required training materials and facilitate networking with ship owners.   In only a few years, nearly 1,700 marine mammal observations have been collected by the crews aboard the vessels owned by Desgagné

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