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Deployment of a C-BASS VLF sound projector: a recent product launch from GeoSpectrum Technologies that fulfils a range of operational roles for the marine sector. Photo: GeoSpectrum Technologies.

Tech Talk: GeoSpectrum Acoustic Solutions

MTR Science & Technology writer Tom Mulligan reports from his subsea and maritime tech tour through eastern Canada.Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based acoustics specialist company GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc, a producer of underwater acoustic transducers and systems, has been in operation for more than 20 years, supplying hydrophones and sound projectors to a range of customers in the marine and oceanography sectors, as well as providing consultancy services on acoustic systems integration and test procedures. End-user sectors include defense and homeland security, oil & gas, and environmental

Photo: COVE

COVE Welcomes Aboard IBM Canada

are very pleased to welcome IBM Canada to COVE,” says Jim Hanlon, CEO at COVE. “IBM has proven its commitment to the growing field of ocean data analytics and we feel this new tenancy at COVE further helps support COVE’s position as a significant hub for ocean technology, not just in Nova Scotia, but globally.”IBM is one of Canada’s top 10 private R&D investors and last year contributed more than $478 million to Canadian research activities. In September 2018, it was revealed that IBM, along with COVE, Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Government

IBM Canada Joins COVE

10 private research and development investors and last year contributed more than $478 million to Canadian research activities. In September 2018, it was revealed that IBM, along with COVE, Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Government of Canada, local industry and the Province of Nova Scotia, were collaborating on the rollout of DeepSense – a world class big ocean data innovation environment.“IBM is committed to supporting the development and commercialization of ‘made in Canada’ products and services, and we are proud to be present at COVE as they help to

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PLAT-I Operational in Nova Scotia

An innovative tidal energy platform has generated first power from the tidal currents of Grand Passage in Digby County, Nova Scotia.Following a period of commissioning and testing environmental monitoring equipment, Sustainable Marine Energy has satisfied the requirements set out by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans to commence operation of tidal turbines on the PLAT-I platform. Originally developed and tested in Scotland with support provided by Scottish Enterprise, it was relocated to Nova Scotia and installed at Grand Passage in September 2018.On Saturday, February 23, the system

Rendering of RV Svea (Image: Skipsteknisk)

AML Equips New Swedish Research Vessel

contract was secured through its local agent in Spain, Casco Antiguo.MVP systems have been provided to organizations around the world seeking to reduce the technical and financial unpredictability of hydrographic and ocean science surveys. Due to strong demand for the solution, AML has expanded its Nova Scotia operations and relocated to a new customized production facility to accommodate a higher volume of MVP builds

Image: Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd

Schottel Merges Tidal Units to Sustainable Marine Energy

has been changed to Sustainable Marine Energy (Canada) Ltd.SME will be commercialising the tidal turbine technology developed by Schottel, in-conjunction with its platform and anchoring solutions, to offer an integrated solution to the market. SME will also be continuing the development of projects in Nova Scotia, Canada that will be used to prove up its products, including the 5MW berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) that was awarded to Schottel in 2014.SME’s management and engineering teams are based in Edinburgh. The Schottel Hydro team responsible for the design and delivery

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More Tenants Move into COVE Facility

The Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) reports it continues to onboard tenants in 2019.“We’re pleased to announce RBR, Precise Design and Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) have moved into COVE,” said Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE, a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector located in Halifax Harbor, in Nova Scotia, Canada.COVE's mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Its primary goal is to

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Ashtead Technology Acquires Welaptega

. Our combined technical capabilities and advanced inspection technologies means we can offer a comprehensive integrity management service to support the performance and life extension of critical infrastructure.”Welaptega's CEO, Tony Hall, will continue to lead the business based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Hall commented, “Being part of the Ashtead Technology group will allow us to expand our existing capabilities and international footprint, giving us greater ability to address our customers’ growing asset integrity requirements. It also enables us to continue our successful history

Sensor Technology Expands

Sensor Technology Ltd. announced it has expanded its manufacturing to Nova Scotia at the Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector.“This opportunity has come at the perfect time for Sensor Technology as we are in a significant growth stage as well as developing a new products and markets for our custom solutions. We are really excited to be a part of the collaborative community at COVE,” said Niru Somayajula, president and CEO of Sensor Technology.Sensor Technology, which provides custom hydrophones and

Kendra MacDonald (Photo: OSC)

MacDonald to Lead Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

sectors.With a long track record of community and volunteer leadership, MacDonald is currently the Chair and Acting CEO for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI) and the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, BioCanRX.Originally from Ontario, with family roots in Nova Scotia, and a graduate of the University of Ottawa, MacDonald currently lives in St. John’s NL. She holds numerous designations including Institute of Corporate Directors, Director (ICD.D), Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Financial Analyst

Photo: DP Energy

NRCAN Grant Triggers Major Investment in the Bay of Fundy

The next wave of tidal energy development at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia has been triggered by a substantial grant of $29,750,000 under the Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).European based renewable energy developer DP Energy is managing two berths in the Bay of Fundy through its Canadian registered company, Halagonia Tidal Energy Limited. It intends to develop both berths together as a single project under the banner Uisce Tapa (pronounced Ish ka Ta Pa) which means fast running water in Gaelic. The Project plans to incorporate 5

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