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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Campbell underway during their Arctic deployment off Greenland's western coast. U.S. Coast Guard photos by SN Kate Kilroy

Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg Tech: RDT&E's Annual Arctic Technology Evaluation

to be highly effective as a back-up internet option when our high latitude operations challenged other technology,” Crane said.Final results from these five technology evaluations are due at the end of the year.Campbell also deployed 13 scientific research buoys ranging from the eastern shore of Nova Scotia to the Davis Strait. Daily images of icebergs were provided to the International Ice Patrol to validate and improve satellite reconnaissance. This effort allowed for real-time tracking and iceberg avoidance. “Varied scales of the operation area were readily available and provided over weekends

Figure 5: Drill Centre and Flowlines

Kraken Robotics Wraps Third OceanVision Survey Campaign

. KATFISH & ALARS in Very Heavy Seas - Credit: Kraken Robotics"In addition to capturing large amounts of ultra-high-definition seafloor data, Kraken was very pleased with the performance of its ALARS system," the company said.The ALARS had recently completed successful sea trials in Nova Scotia on Kraken’s Ocean Seeker vessel, and the OceanVision campaign provided the first opportunity to deploy the system in real-world offshore environmental conditions. According to Kraken, the campaign also saw the first successful offshore demonstration of Kraken’s SeaVision laser

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Canada Invests in Its First Floating Tidal Energy Array

Canada on Thursday announced one of its largest-ever investments in tidal energy — $28.5 million to Sustainable Marine in Nova Scotia to deliver Canada's first floating tidal energy array.Sustainable Marine has developed a floating tidal energy platform called PLAT-I that has undergone testing on the waters of Grand Passage for nearly two years. A second platform is currently being assembled in Meteghan, Nova Scotia and will be launched in Grand Passage later this year for testing before relocation to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in 2021. These platforms will make

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VIDEO: Dive Completes Sea Trials with Kraken’s Pressure Tolerant Batteries

impressed by the battery and sonar technology coming out of Kraken.”Production of Kraken’s first Dive LD-AUV is currently underway with the first unit being manufactured in the U.S. Kraken expects that it will be delivered to Kraken’s Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for sea trials in the spring of 2021.Dive’s commercial LD-AUV is designed to support long duration missions at full ocean depths and is positioned to add value to Kraken’s RaaS data collection business.“We are excited that the Dive Technologies’ sea trials were successful

Ocean Startup Challenge Awards 14 Companies $25K Each

the Ocean Startup Project and contribute to Canada's economic growth.”From the outset, the Ocean Startup Challenge had a diverse cross-section of 158 applicants from around the world. The 14 winning companies represent startups from British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Washington, D.C. The Ocean Startup Challenge sought companies that would thrive in Atlantic Canada's ocean tech ecosystem and would potentially find new partners or customers immersed in that ecosystem.The Ocean Startup Challenge winners include:3F Waste

Kraken Robotics: SeaScout System Tests Successful

Canadian marine tech company Kraken Robotics has said it has successfully completed over 3 weeks of sea trials in Nova Scotia with our SeaScout system installed on the company’s research and survey vessel, Ocean Seeker.The SeaScout system consists of the Kraken’s Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS), Tentacle Winch, and the KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar underwater vehicle.According to Kraken, both the Tentacle Winch and the ALARS are constructed of non-welded aluminum for high strength, low weight, and low magnetic signature. "These properties are important for

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How to Remove Abandoned ‘Ghost’ Fishing Gear from the Ocean

; often called ghost gear — can contribute up to 76% of all marine debris found during beach cleanups.Estimates of the weight of abandoned fish gear vary widely by region and by type of gear used. One study retrieved 14 tonnes from the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In one fishing region in Nova Scotia, an estimated 22 tonnes of fishing gear remains at sea. Overall, an estimated 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear is lost globally in the oceans every year.This derelict fishing gear continues to catch fish, including commercially valuable and threatened species, and other marine fauna. For example,

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Video: Seaspan Shipyards Launches CCGS John Cabot

its delivery to the Coast Guard later this summer. The vessel will be based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.CCGS John Cabot and previously delivered sister ships, CCGS Sir John Franklin, now stationed in Victoria, British Columbia, and CCGS Capt Jacques Cartier, stationed in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, are the first class of ships built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), the Government of Canada’s strategy to renew the fleets of the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Two ships have been delivered and the third launched from Seaspan’s Vancouver shipyard over

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COVE Internship Project Begins Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

companies transition through the COVID-19 pandemic.The ten participants from various interdisciplinary studies are working on projects for DeepSense, Precise Design, Pisces RPM, and IGNITE. With the workforce moving to social distancing norms, the interns are working with these companies across Nova Scotia virtually.The interns are completing, or have completed, their studies at Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Their backgrounds range from a Senior Ship’s Officer with a diploma in business administra

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