Crisis Intervention & Operability Analysis for Digital Ocean Operations Project

One of two Ocean Supercluster projects announced today

Today, 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.

The Crisis Intervention & Operability Analysis for Digital Ocean Operations Project will build upon Norway’s successful Crisis Intervention and Operability Analysis (CRIOP) model to establish a Canadian methodology to demonstrate safety and reliability assurance of critical, complex digital ocean systems, and support regulatory compliance. Risk assessment methodologies frequently use checklists and scenario-based approaches and CRIOP-DO will take this approach for autonomous and remotely operated systems increasingly being used in the offshore worldwide.

Led by Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland and Labrador (ERI) and the National Research Council of Canada’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre, with partners Lloyd’s Register, Atlantic Towing, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and SINTEF (the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology), this team will establish a framework methodology to safely accelerate adoption of digitally-enabled operating models and technologies by Canada’s ocean businesses, and lower barriers to advancement and commercialization of innovative technologies, and support evolving Canadian regulatory reforms.

With a total project value of $471 thousand, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $94 thousand in funding to the project with the balance coming from industry partners, marking the 39th Ocean Supercluster project announced to date.

This Crisis Intervention & Operability Analysis for Digital Ocean Operations Project will identify gaps and opportunities for ocean digitalization research and development and innovation and set a clear agenda for education and training to build workforce resources and competencies as we transition to more remotely controlled and automated operations.

CRIOP-DO will support innovation that will deliver economic prosperity through Canada’s leadership in the digital, connected and remotely operated ocean.

 Video Announcement (Starts at 13:00)


About OSC
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The Ocean Supercluster has approved projects with a total value of more than $320 million which will deliver more than 100 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world.

About Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland and Labrador

Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland and Labrador (ERI) advances research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and innovation projects in the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on health, safety and the environment. ERI is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit organization whose members include Chevron Canada Resources, Equinor Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Husky Energy, part of the Cenovus group of companies, and Suncor Energy.

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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster


“Today’s announcement demonstrates Canada’s commitment to supporting innovation in all sectors of our economy. With the support of the Ocean Supercluster, this project will help advance Canada’s ocean industries and provide benefits to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.” –  The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“The Ocean Supercluster brings together a diverse group of partners to address challenges in the digital marine sector, positioning Canada as a global leader in the ocean economy. Coastal rural communities rely on the ocean to sustain their economies, and this project will help their economies to continue growing. By developing new digital technologies, this project will help boost industry confidence in remote and autonomous ocean technologies and increase their adoption, while building a skilled workforce in this field for years to come.”The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“The ability to adopt and implement remote and autonomous operations across ocean sectors will help drive Canada’s global competitiveness in ocean. This collaborative framework will help facilitate the further digitalization of our ocean economy, lowering barriers and providing opportunities to advance the technologies that will support this transformation and help shape the future of ocean work.”-  Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“Digitalization is increasingly becoming an enabler for safe and more sustainable offshore operations around the world. CRIOP-DO will provide a methodology to allow all parties in Canada’s offshore industry to embrace technological advancements in such areas as remote and autonomous operations while maintaining the highest levels of safety and environmental performance.” – Dave Finn, CEO, Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland and Labrador.