Crowdsourced Wind Maps Project

The Crowdsourced Wind Maps project provides wind zone contour lines showing how the wind funnels into channels and around headlands, to improve marine navigation for all types of vessels. Data from internet-connected wind sensors is merged with the worldwide meteorological data forecast. There are never enough weather stations, but this project uses data from users who move around. This innovative solution archives incoming data, allowing the generation of wind maps showing how the wind is flowing even when there is no live data in a particular location.

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Blue Mentorship And Leadership Pathways Project

Led by ECO Canada from Alberta with their Atlantic-based project partners, the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), the College of North Atlantic (CNA), Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), the Blue Mentorship and Leadership Pathways Program will specifically focus on the needs of ocean companies and will combine a peer mentorship program with traditional mentor-mentee relationships. The total value of the project is $920k with close to $460k coming from the Ocean Supercluster.

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BlueVita Technology Project 

The BlueVita Technology Project aims to address significant challenges facing the seafood sector in Canada and worldwide, including undervalued seafood that has been frozen due to seasonal harvests. This project will allow access to high-end markets currently constrained by air transport costs, complicated shipping logistics, and other factors.  The new transport technology will position Atlantic Canada as a leader in mobile storage and multi-modal live haul of aquatic animals.

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Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels Project

A major ocean industry challenge is the need for a range of environmentally sustainable, low greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, and low-sulphur marine fuels available to end-users at a competitive cost that are compliant with current and future fuel regulations. The Clean Ocean Advanced Biofuels project will address these challenges by introducing a low carbon biofuel across the marine ecosystem.

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AROWIND Project

The AROWIND Project will provide a prevailing ocean sector concept that is autonomous and remotely operates subsea surveys. This ocean solution presents an opportunity for Canadian companies to commercialize a remote and autonomous inspection solution for offshore wind inspection that reduces vessel costs and number of personnel on-board.

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Coastal Incident Management System (CIMS) Project

This BC-led project will provide coastal, Indigenous, and remote communities a cost-effective rapid response package, including a mobile command, control and communications system, data analysis tool and mobile incident platform for marine emergencies.

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Project Sentry

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced five new projects with a total value of nearly $29 million, including Project Sentry. This Ontario-led project is developing a new remote aquaculture monitoring solution using in-cage remote operated and autonomous vehicle technology.

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Precision Fish Harvesting Project

Katchi, a rural Nova Scotian company, will lead the project and is developing a SmartNet using herding and deterring technology and seeks to deploy uncrewed service vessels (USVs) to improve the efficiency of conventional trawl fishing.

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Ocean Solutions for Immune Boosting Project

This Nova Scotia-led project is using Atlantic sea cucumber to develop and launch a clinically proven novel human health product with benefits in warding off infectious diseases.

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Offshore Connected Worker Project

Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced two new projects led from Newfoundland and Labrador including the $3.1M Offshore Connected Worker Project. The project will implement the Connected Worker (CW) technologies in remote offshore operations, reducing risk and adding value to ocean companies.

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Crisis Intervention & Operability Analysis for Digital Ocean Operations Project

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced two new projects led from Newfoundland and Labrador including the $471 thousand Crisis Intervention & Operability Analysis for Digital Ocean Operations (CRIOP-DO) Project. This project will support the digital transition to remote operations in our ocean environment.

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ROC Fishing System Project

This Nova Scotia-led project will develop and commercialize ropeless or rope-on-command (ROC) fishing solutions to help address global problems including vertical line entanglements, plastic pollution, and ‘ghost fishing’ caused by abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear. The innovative solution to vertical line entanglements, plastic pollution, and ghost fishing caused by abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear that pose threats to ocean species including the Right Whale.

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Geoscan Project

This game-changing innovation will provide a 3D volumetric interpretation of the sub-seabed geology with enhanced resolution and increased competitiveness for the global offshore renewable energy sector. GeoScan will allow wider 3D acoustic scans of depths greater than 30m sub-seabed to support the growing offshore wind sector.

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Marine Safety Training Online Project

This Newfoundland and Labrador-led project will accelerate mixed-reality safety training development to offer faster and more accessible digital training options across marine industries. This project will enable workers to develop critical worksite specific competencies through engaging and challenging simulation training programs. Simulation training is a safer, more effective option to training than existing forms.

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BridgeVUE Project

BridgeVUE is a made-in-Canada solution that leverages emerging technology to enhance marine navigation by contextualizing radar data over an individual’s field of vision, in real time, regardless of visibility. By using an augmented reality (AR) headset and combining it with navigational data, vessel crew will have the capability to overlay mission critical information over their field of vision even when visibility is near zero, increasing their situational awareness and improving safety.

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Real-time Bubble Diffuser Aeration Entrainment Monitor Project

This BC-led project will develop a real-time entrainment monitoring system for aquaculture fish farms in complex coastal ocean environments. The products and related services will allow customers to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the fish mortality from high surface temperature and harmful algal blooms.

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Mixed Reality HydroSpark Project

This New Brunswick-led project will focus on emerging mixed reality technologies to develop a secure ocean data visualization and collaboration application using the Microsoft HoloLens 2 and Microsoft Azure Mixed Reality Services. This application will visualize underwater environments in 3D mixed reality to support training, mission planning and rehearsal, and support defence and other marine sector underwater operations.

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Unmanned Digital Twinning Project

This Atlantic Canada-led project will develop an innovative product for digital twinning of underwater infrastructures, without the need for external specialists working in remote offshore locations. Upon successful introduction of the project, conventional offshore ROV/vessel crew will be able to confidently collect high quality image data for post-processing digital twins, guided by way of real-time 3D reconstruction giving feedback on image quality and coverage.

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Split PM Hybrid Propulsion Motor Project

This Newfoundland and Labrador and PEI-led project will develop a hybrid diesel-electric system to make the hybridization of existing vessels worldwide a financially viable option. This project utilizes advanced permanent magnet motor technology to provide both Canadian and global vessel clients with a propulsion system that reduces not only maintenance and fuel costs, but also GHG emissions and carbon footprint.

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Sustainable Protein For Aquaculture Project

This game-changing project represents significant developments in science and technology and has never been done before. The Sustainable Protein for Aquaculture project will take greenhouse gas emissions from upstream oil and gas and convert them into a high-value protein product to be used to feed farmed fish.

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Mobile and Mixed Reality Virtual Technician and Maintenance Software Project

This project will develop an integrated service-hub, referred to as “Tech Companion,” that centralizes data in a remotely accessible, intelligent, and automated digital ecosystem for use in ocean industries. As a unified digital platform, Tech Companion will connect technicians across the globe and facilitate the collection of core data, including condition-based monitoring of equipment, task level instructions, structured reporting, and augmented reality training to support tasks on demand.

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Port Integration and Enhancement of Data Project

Led by BlueNode and together with project partners Saab Technologies, National Research Council, and the Halifax Port Authority, the project team will develop new software products which will enhance service to existing customers and enrich the sales offering for new customers.

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Fishless Marine Microbial Fish Oil Project

This Nova Scotia-led project will work to develop an algal nutritional oil that fully mimics and complements the health benefits of fish oil consumption. The project will create four new full-time jobs, will the potential for 20 indirect jobs in total.

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Autonomous COMPASS Project – Projet COMPASS autonome

This project is the first of its kind in Canada and will allow for faster, more reliable and affordable data acquisition. Led by Sensor Technology, with its partners Kraken Robotics and 3D Wave Design, the Autonomous COMPASS Project team will work together to develop a compact, multi-element passive acoustic monitoring system to conduct passive acoustic monitoring (PAM), which is used in defence applications, oceanographic research, marine mammal protection activities, and energy exploration.

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Integrated Operations and Real-Time Analytics Project

Led from Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, the almost $27 million project will bridge gaps between land, sea-based, and processing operations that exist in the aquaculture industry today by providing real-time information, analytics and environmental connectivity to improve overall operations. Through its development, the project will create 138 new jobs, including 20 at project implementation.

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CORVUS – Field Validation of Energy Storage System Project

The Field Validation of Energy Storage System Project, led by Corvus Energy with its partners Seaspan Ferries, VARD Marine, BC Hydro, and UBC will conduct a commercial study and field trial of the new Corvus ESS that will support the development of the system and bring it to market. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $2 million in funding for the project, with $2.15 million coming from industry partners.

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RBR Advancing Smart Integrated Ocean Sensors

This Ontario-led project brings together SMEs, academia, government, and other partners in ocean innovation to bring state-of-the-art ocean environmental monitoring sensors into the ocean’s autonomous platforms, creating four highly skilled jobs, with the potential for 20 indirect positions, and part-time positions.

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Project Orca – Projet ORCA

OSC’s first Alberta-led project, and brings together SMEs, academia, and other partners in ocean innovation to advance the development of Katal Green Fuel ahead of commercialization to reduce dependency on diesel and transition to low-carbon fuels. The project will benefit Canadians by creating seven jobs immediately, an additional 42 jobs within three years, and the potential for 210 indirect jobs.

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Digital Offshore Canada – Zones extracôtières numérique du Canada

The project will create a platform for the development, validation and commercialization of digital twins for a range of applications in Canada’s offshore as well as for other ocean industries, while also building capabilities to support the increasingly digital ocean economy and the future opportunities it presents.

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Miniaturized Sonar Transducers Project

This made in Canada solution will create new domestic and export opportunities, supply chain opportunities, and create 15 new jobs. The data derived from this project will support additional ocean technology opportunities for Canada.

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Ocean Energy Smart Grid Integration Project

This Ontario-led project brings together SMEs and other partners in ocean innovation to provide cost-effective integration of ocean energy generators into communities.

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Automated Pipeline Payload for Small AUVs Project

This Ontario-led project will develop a commercial survey payload for portable AUVs in response to expanding market demand for more efficient ocean floor inspection capabilities, and create nine new jobs.

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Tallybot Project: Artificial Intelligence for Next Generation Seafood Processing

Through the development of automation and predictive machine learning algorithms, branded Tallybots, this project represents the next generation of seafood processing powered by traceability and production software focused on improved efficiency and quality, and environmental benefits as a result of reduced waste.

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Digital Ship In-Service Support Project

The Digital Ship In-Service Support Project is Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s 16th project with a total project value of more than $3 million. It brings together two Canadian marine industry leaders from Canada’s west & east coasts to develop and commercialize 3D digital twin capabilities that will help make Canada more globally competitive, drive export opportunities, & create jobs in the marine sector.

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Rutter IoT Project

Led from St. John’s, NL, the $3.1 million project called the Rutter Internet of Things (IoT) Project will transform and migrate Rutter systems into an IoT enabled solution, offering remote monitoring as a managed service with specialty radar system data acquisition, and cloud-based storage and analytics, while also creating 12 new jobs.

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Blue Futures Pathways Project

Focused on building capabilities and the development of workers to support the growth of Canada’s ocean economy, the total project value is $2.4 million where the Ocean Supercluster will provide almost $1.5 million in funding with the balance coming from project partners.

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Caris Cloud Technology Project

With an increasing number of private industry companies and government agencies seeking accelerated solutions to remote operations and training, this project will develop and utilize highly specialized software in the Cloud that will reduce the need for software operators in the field and enable increased processing and quality control from an office or home setting.

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Smart Protective Coatings Project

The Smart Protective Coatings Project will introduce a new graphene-based nanotechnology to the global ocean economy through the development of revolutionary graphene-based protective coating products for vessels. With a total project value of more than $4.6 million, the OSC will provide $2.2 million in funding with the balance coming from industry partners.

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XOCEAN XO-G2 Project

The XOCEAN XO-G2 project will develop the next generation of Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV), that addresses these requirements operating over the horizon with a range of over 3,000 nautical miles without a support vessel. The total project value is $3.4 million with the Ocean Supercluster providing $2 million in funding and the balance coming from project partners.

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Cluster Building Ocean Allies Project

The Ocean Allies project has a total value of more than $420,000 where the Ocean Supercluster will provide $250,000 with the balance of funding coming from project partners. This project is designed to access, engage, and support a diverse ocean economy through targeted strategic activities across five work packages.

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Cluster Building Vitality Project

The Vitality Project is a transformative approach to address the shared data challenges of the ocean economy. This project will capitalize on Canada’s ocean data to deliver definitive commercial outcomes to the businesses involved by advancing ocean data analysis, management and visualization capabilities, and products.

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Marine SAR Helicopter Mission Simulation Project

This Project will deliver a new device a capability to train search and rescue (SAR) operators under realistic mission scenarios including turbulent flow zones, sea state, complex ship and offshore installation geometries and rescue rafts while simulating the full array of east coast Canada and arctic harsh environmental conditions.

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CoLab Enterprise Project

The CoLab Enterprise Project, through the collaboration of startups, SMEs and other partners in ocean, this project provides a global solution for ocean sectors with an increasing focus on achieving greater productivity, remote operations, and environmental technologies.

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Inclusive Workforce For Arctic Ocean Technology Project

The Inclusive Workforce for Arctic Ocean Technology Project is an ecosystem building project designed to develop technical skills training for Inuit participants across Inuit Nunangat. This project is designed to develop technical skills training for Inuit participants across Inuit Nunangat.

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Indigenous Career Pivot Project

Alongside members of its Indigenous Working Group and Indigenous community partners, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Indigenous Career Pivot Project. This is a first-of-its-kind ocean innovation ecosystem project in Canada.

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OceanDNA System™

The OceanDNA System has applications across ocean sectors and could be used to help inform sustainable ocean management and activity. By reading DNA from environmental samples, such as sediment or sea water, a comprehensive range of organisms can be identified – from bacteria to marine mammals – which yields a complete picture of the ecosystem.  eDNAtec’s technology achieves proven cost reductions, strengthens environmental stewardship, enhances safety and supports regulatory compliance.

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Ocean Aware Project

The Ocean Aware project will develop and commercialize world-class solutions for monitoring fish health, fish movement, and the environment, and supporting both profitable and sustainable practices in the ocean.

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Ocean Vision Project

With a total investment of $18.8 million this project is focused on the development of new marine technologies.

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Ocean Startup Project

OSP represents an unprecedented investment and collaboration to help start and grow up to 30 high potential ocean companies in Atlantic Canada.

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces $1.8M Crowdsourced Wind Maps Project

Crowdsourcing Technology Enables New Type of Data for Marine Weather and Navigation Today, alongside project partners, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the $1.8 million Crowdsourced Wind Maps: A New Type of Data for Marine Weather & Navigation. This Nova Scotia-led project uses connected wind sensors on boats to display crowdsourced wind zones to aid in navigation

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces the $920k Blue Mentorship and Leadership Pathways Project

The project will recruit industry mentors and connect them with ocean technology entrepreneurs and focus on providing employment opportunities for emerging leaders from underrepresented groups into growing ocean companies Together with project partners, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the Blue Mentorship and Leadership Pathways Project. The project will help create a system for professional advancement within

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Ocean Supercluster Establishes Collaborative Partnership with European Leaders of Blue Energy

New Partnership to Advance Opportunities in Offshore Renewable Energy Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) and the European Leaders of Blue Energy (ELBE) Alliance announced their new, collaborative partnership to foster exchange of best practices and collaboration initiatives among their respective members in Europe and Canada on renewable ocean energy. In their partnership, the OSC and

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