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Ocean Technology

It is not just our history. It is in our nature - it's who we are. Nearly every aspect of life in Newfoundland and Labrador has been shaped in some way by the ocean. From the invention of a simple cod trap to the development of satellite-based monitoring, our work with autonomous underwater vehicles, and our internationally recognized marine simulation capabilities, Newfoundland and Labrador has been at the fore-front of some of the most paradigm shifting, ocean-based research and development achievements of the past few centuries.

The Ocean Technology Sector

Newfoundland and Labrador is home to a mature ocean technology industry with many knowledge-intensive enterprises developing specialized, innovative products and services for niche markets all over the world, including in Canada, the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and the Arctic.

Local advantages include international companies with established products and services; international collaborative commercial and scientific relationships; educated, motivated and stable professional and technical workforce; and extensive research capabilities and infrastructure.

With a strong industry selling to international markets, an experienced research community with unique R&D facilities and significant support from all levels of Government, Newfoundland and Labrador is well positioned to develop technological solutions for growing global demand.

The World's Cold-Ocean LaboratoryWorld's Cold-Ocean Labratory

Newfoundland and Labrador's world-class academic and training institutions are poised to respond to the rising demand for innovative technology solutions, information and highly skilled workers. Memorial University opens new window has positioned itself as Canada's oceans university, its Fisheries and Marine Institute opens new window is also known worldwide for its development and provision of specialized training in areas of fisheries, marine navigation, coastal planning and safety. Home to centres of excellence and some of the world's top research and development infrastructure, our experts are leaders in cold ocean technologies and harsh environment operations.

This maturing sector of our economy is building on development and promotion initiatives with key stakeholders including: Oceans Advance opens new window, Memorial University, the Marine Institute, the City of St. John's, C-CORE opens new window, as well as the federal government, including the NRC's Ocean Technology Enterprise Centre opens new window, NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program, Industry Canada, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

As the world's cold ocean laboratory, the world is coming to us. We are proudly home to global industry and world-renowned experts, and host to high profile events such as OCEANS'14 (September 2014), the International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering opens new window (OMAE -June 2015) and the Arctic Technology Conference (Fall 2016).

The Arctic Path

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have been conducting cold ocean research and development for centuries as part of our very existence. And while our capital city of St. John's may share the same latitude as Seattle, Washington and Paris, France, the vastness of the province's border stretches well into sub-arctic and even arctic environments. Combined with our proximity to the Labrador Current, which carries a virtual flotilla of sea ice past our shores every year, we have the largest natural cold ocean research laboratory on the planet right at our doorstep.

Through our Arctic Opportunities Initiative, the Provincial Government is working with business and organizations to identify opportunities in the Arctic, build knowledge and capacity, and create awareness of Newfoundland and Labrador's expertise and capabilities related to the Arctic.

Further reading

The Arctic Path opens new window

NL Ocean Tech website opens new window

Oceans of Opportunity: Newfoundland and Labrador's Ocean Technology Sector Strategy Report PDF (2.1 MB)

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