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COVE Welcomes Aboard IBM Canada

in residence.“We 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

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More Tenants Move into COVE Facility

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 support ocean technology commercialization and business growth.RBRRBR creates instruments to measure the blue planet. From the ocean abyss to the polar ice cap, its sensors track water parameters – temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved gases, pH and many others.“RBR is one of Canada’s well-established

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Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

excited to be working with our partners, including local host, The Maritime Alliance, to deliver this next edition of the event in San Diego in February, and our plans are coming together really well. We’ve added a second exhibit hall this time, welcoming around 200 exhibitors of the latest ocean technology, up from 150 last time.I am also thrilled that we have managed to gain access to the water at the rear of the convention center – and thanks to the Port of San Diego for their help – so we will be providing a selection of on-water demos allowing attendees to see and experience the

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GCE Subsea Announces Rebrand

Norwegian subsea cluster group GCE Subsea announced it will change its name to GCE Ocean Technology as it widens its focus to include other ocean industries beyond the traditional oil and gas sector."Our new name gives us a more distinct identity and is more inclusive as it reflects, to an even greater extent, what is and will be the cluster’s focus areas in the years to come," the group said in a press release of Friday. The name change will take effect from February 1, 2019.The revised strategy and rebrand reflects a green shift within the industry and the Norwegian government’s

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India Plans Deep Dive for Seabed Minerals

- more and more countries, including manufacturing powerhouses India and China, are eyeing the ocean."We have to depend on ocean resources sooner or later ... there is no other way," said Gidugu Ananda Ramadass, head of India's deep sea mining project at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) in the southern city of Chennai."For the future of mankind ... the ocean is the only hope," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.India, Asia's third-largest economy, is going full steam ahead in anticipation of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) - a U.N. body that

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Voices: Professor Cui Weicheng

Professor Cui Weicheng: Shanghai Ocean University, Director, Hadal Science and Technology Research Center (HAST), Co-Founder, Rainbowfish Ocean Technology CompanyDirector of Shanghai Ocean University’s Hadal Science and Technology Center (HAST), Lingang (New City), Pudong District, is one of those leading and influencing the development of advanced deep-sea technology. He is on an extraordinary mission to build a fleet of manned and unmanned vehicles capable of routine dives to the bottom of any ocean trench. His approach to solving the basic start-up funding problem is likely the first in the

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Mexican Wave Energy Project Moving Forward

wind energy, go buy a wind turbine,” said Mark Horenstein, professor of electrical engineering at Boston University“In the case of ocean energy, no one company or entity has come up with the killer application that’s going to be the definitive method for ocean energy.”Any ocean technology also has to be able to survive a “100-year storm” - the worst storm expected over a century - and such events could become increasingly more likely with a changing climate, he said.The patchy history of large-scale wave energy projects has made some investors cautious about sinking

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

planet capable of exploring to 6,000 meters. Following a 2017 retrofit, Petrel and its crew use state-of-the-art underwater technology for deep-sea expeditions.No. 4Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean UniversityDirector, Hadal Science and Technology Research Center (HAST), Co-Founder,Rainbowfish Ocean Technology CompanyProfessor Cui Weicheng, Director of Shanghai Ocean University’s Hadal Science and Technology Center (HAST), Lingang (New City), Pudong District, is one of those leading and influencing the development of advanced deep-sea technology.  He is on an extraordinary mission to build

New Ocean Technology Innovation Center Opened

Ventures and Entrepreneurship, known as COVE.COVE is a world-class facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector and the only such hub of its kind in the world where start-up companies, small and medium sized enterprises, large firms and post-secondary expertise are housed together developing ocean technology. At least 40 organizations are expected to work out of COVE, with the first company, Kraken Robotics, moving in at the beginning of July.COVE tenants will benefit from collaborative spaces, shared equipment, workshops, machine shop and marine services, wharves, direct ocean access, incubation

Left to right: Craig McLean of NOAA presents Fugro’s Edward Saade with a commemorative plaque in formal commendation of the company’s leadership in advancing global ocean mapping (Photo: Fugro)

NOAA Honors Fugro

to that end. Over the past year, the company has contributed more than 65,000 square kilometers of high-resolution crowd sourced bathymetry data to NOAA in support of the project. Fugro is collecting the seabed data while transiting between offshore survey projects.During this year’s Ocean Technology Conference in Houston, McLean presented Fugro’s USA President, Edward Saade, with a commemorative plaque on behalf of NOAA, stating, “We asked for nothing and you’re delivering a lot. We are very much appreciative of this and we wanted to commend and celebrate the work of Fugro

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OSIL: Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys Fuel International Interest

 Integrated systems manufacturers Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) reports high levels of interest in its oil spill monitoring buoys following several recent installations in the Middle East and exposure at the ocean technology and marine science exhibition Oceanology International.   The buoy systems are designed to integrate a real time noncontact hydrocarbon sensor in the high visibility top frame design, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable the buoys to detect oil spills on water autonomously and immediately

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An Industry in Change

a balance between innovation and reliability to thrive in an increasingly competitive space. I spoke with two companies – an established adaptor and one of the most successful start-ups this decade – about how to thrive within the shifting landscape and what the future holds for the ocean technology industry.   Since the mid-70s, RBR has been designing and manufacturing oceanographic equipment for use in a range of environments from the deep depths of the ocean’s abyss to the extreme climates of the polar regions, and all in between. Over the last 4 years, RBR have published

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Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

track, meanwhile, looks at refinements in the monitoring of ocean physics, chemistry and biology that may enhance existing weather, ocean and climate models. The session will be chaired by Carl Gouldman, Director of U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), NOAA; Matt Mowlem, Head of the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group at the NOC; and Justin Manley, Founder of Just Innovation. The concluding Tuesday session will be part one of the Unmanned Vehicles & Vessels track, chaired by Steve Hall, CEO of SUT; Dan Hook, Managing Director of ASV Global; and Prof Russell Wynn, Chief Scientist

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Parallel Events Add Depth to Oceanology International

;The addition of so many complementary parallel events and areas of content at Oceanology International 2018 alongside a world-class exhibition increases the benefits and value for all those attending and makes it an unrivalled shop window for pertinent and exciting developments in marine science and ocean technology.&rdquo

OI London Issues Final Call for Speakers

Marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 has issued a public call for abstracts by September 15, 2017 for the opportunity of inclusion in its technical conference program line-up of speakers.   Technologists, scientists, engineers and experts in their field are invited to submit a 300-word proposal on a variety of topical specialist subjects which reflect the conference’s series of 11 free-to-attend technical tracks chaired by a prominent list of industry leaders already confirmed for next year’s event from March 13-15 at ExCeL London.   Speakers

Avro technicians prepare an Avro Arrow test model attached to a Nike booster rocket to fire out over Lake Ontario at Point Petre in the 1950s (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Set to Hunt for Avro Arrow Artifacts

Bennett Jones LLP. Support for this project is also being provided by the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and Canada Company.   Karl Kenny, Kraken President & CEO said, "During our 150th birthday, I can't think of a better example of how advanced Canadian ocean technology is being used to search and find advanced Canadian aerospace technology. This expedition is sure to be nostalgic for the countless fans of the Avro Arrow, which became a symbol of world-class Canadian technology. Continuing in the tradition of the Arrow, the entire Kraken team is very proud

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MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

will have a 200m2 working deck that features laboratories and an air pollution measurement station.   "To develop the most value-adding solution for this state-of-the-art research vessel, MacGregor has worked closely with the shipyard," said Esko Karvonen, Vice President, Smart Ocean Technology, MacGregor. "This cooperation not only means that our systems meet the needs of the operator, but ensures its safe and reliable operation.   "Our systems are based on proven technology and are customized to carefully handle a full range of sophisticated hydrographic survey

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