PORT OF HALIFAX WINS IAPH DIGITALIZATION AWARD

November 2, 2023, Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority and project partners have been recognized at this year’s International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Sustainability Awards in the “Digitalization” category. Project partners in Data Enhancement Framework 2 (DEF2) are BlueNode Inc. (Everstream), PSA Global, Port Saint John, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, and Sentient Hubs.

By integrating data from cargo handling and transport, operations, and other factors in an accurate and interoperable system, this project builds an assessment of CO2e intensity associated with operations showing per container and per metric ton amounts of carbon.

“The Port of Halifax is striving to do things differently. This is how we will address the challenges we collectively face as port, transportation, and supply chain partners,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority.  “Building infrastructure at the right time, using technology to unlock capacity, decarbonizing the supply chain, these are all goals that our industry is working toward. If we are to reach these goals, we need to work collaboratively, and we need to find new ways to get there. Through the PIER, our living lab in the Port of Halifax, DEF2 is one such collaborative project.”

The jury commended the comprehensive near real-time emissions monitoring and mitigation as well as the timely concept and clear framework design that included tackling multiple UN SDGs in collaboration with several stakeholders from the industry and ports abroad. An article related to the project can be found here.

 

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax meets the needs of today’s shipping, cargo and cruise operations, while building for the future. Initiatives are underway to increase the flow of goods and people through the Port of Halifax, increase efficiency and identify future opportunities.

 

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Contact:

Lane Farguson

Director, Communications & Marketing

Halifax Port Authority

(902) 209-4504

[email protected]


Le port d’Halifax remporte le Prix de numérisation de l’IAPH

Le 2 Novembre 2023, Halifax (N.-É.) – L’Administration portuaire d’Halifax et les partenaires du projet ont été récompensés cette année lors des Prix de durabilité de l’Association internationale des ports (IAPH) dans la catégorie « numérisation ». Les partenaires du projet dans le cadre d’amélioration des données 2 (DEF2) sont BlueNode Inc. (Everstream), PSA Global, le Port de Saint John, la Supergrappe des océans du Canada et Sentient Hubs.

En intégrant les données relatives à la manutention et au transport de fret, aux opérations et à d’autres facteurs dans un système précis et interexploitable, ce projet établit une évaluation de l’intensité en équivalent CO2 associée aux opérations, en montrant les volumes de carbone par conteneur et par tonne métrique.

« Le Port d’Halifax s’efforce de faire les choses différemment. C’est de cette façon que nous relèverons les défis qui nous font face en tant que partenaires portuaires, de transport et de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, a déclaré le capitaine Allan Gray, président et chef de la direction de l’Administration portuaire d’Halifax.  Faire construire l’infrastructure au bon moment, faire appel à la technologie pour débloquer la capacité, décarboniser la chaîne d’approvisionnement, ce sont là des objectifs que notre industrie s’efforce d’atteindre. Si nous voulons les atteindre, nous devons travailler en collaboration et trouver de nouveaux moyens d’y parvenir. Grâce à The PIER, le laboratoire vivant du Port d’Halifax, DEF2 est l’un de ces projets collaboratif. »

Le jury a salué la surveillance et la réduction globales des émissions en temps quasi réel, ainsi que le concept opportun et la conception claire du cadre qui incluaient de s’attaquer à plusieurs objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies en collaboration avec plusieurs parties prenantes de l’industrie et des ports à l’étranger. Un article relatif au projet peut être consulté ici.

 

À propos du Port d’Halifax :

Le Port d’Halifax répond aux besoins d’aujourd’hui en matière de transport, de fret et de croisières, sans pour autant oublier de se préparer pour l’avenir. Des initiatives ont été prises afin d’augmenter la circulation des marchandises et des voyageurs à travers le Port d’Halifax, de renforcer l’efficience et d’identifier les possibilités futures.

 

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Personne-ressource :

Lane Farguson

Directeur, communications et marketing

Administration portuaire d’Halifax

(902) 209-4504

[email protected]

HOMEPORT, THE PIER AND OPENTOP COLLABORATE IN THE CREATION OF THE FIRST PORT INNOVATION HUB NETWORK

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October 26, 2023, Valencia, Spain – The innovation hubs of the Port of Hamburg (homePORT), the Port of Halifax (The PIER) and the Port of Valencia (Opentop) have announced today they have started working toward the design and setup of the first network of innovation hubs in ports.

The announcement of this new initiative took place during the Port Entrepreneurship International Congress, organized by Opentop and held within the framework of the Valencia Digital Summit.

The aim is to become a global alliance of port innovators. This will drive the adoption of innovation in the global port system by connecting communities of innovation centers, including start-ups, entrepreneurs, companies, researchers, universities, and investors, to share innovative ideas, project results, innovation experiences, methodologies and best practices.

Dr. Phanthian Zuesongdham, Head of the Port Process Solution Division of the Hamburg Port Authority, has stated that “For any innovation hub it is of utmost importance to share with other hubs our best practices from homePORT in collaboration between each port and the members of its innovation community and to communicate the benefits and results of innovative projects with the network members. Also, we would like to learn from others to improve our services to our community, too.”

Antonio Torregrosa, CEO of the Valenciaport Foundation, the entity leading Opentop, said, “This kind of initiative has the potential to leverage the existing capabilities of innovation hubs globally, offering test spaces in the ports of the network’s innovation hubs, workspaces and collaborative platforms to be used as technology testbeds for members and partners from other hubs in the network.”

Michael Davie, Vice President of Operations and Technology at the Port of Halifax, added, “The connection of the three hubs will bring additional international perspective to each of the hubs and their members. This will allow us to think more globally and have a greater understanding of international culture, ideas and solutions to complex problems that would benefit start-up projects at the local level and expand existing capabilities for technology testing and demonstrations.”

The three innovation hubs are now entering the last phase of the network design and the initiative is expected to be officially launched in the coming months.

 

About homePORT

About ThePIER

About Opentop – Fundación Valenciaport

 

Contact on media inquiries:

homePORT: [email protected]

ThePIER: [email protected]

Opentop: [email protected]


homePORT, ThePIER et Opentop collaborent pour créer le premier réseau de centres d’innovation portuaire

 

  • Les centres d’innovation des ports de Hambourg, d’Halifax et de Valence ont annoncé ce matin être en pourparlers au sujet de la création d’un réseau mondial centres d’innovation portuaire.
  • L’annonce a été faite à l’occasion du Congrès international d’entrepreneuriat portuaire organisé par Opentop et tenu dans le cadre du Sommet numérique de Valence.

 

26 septembre 2023. Aujourd’hui, les centres d’innovation du port de Hambourg (homePORT), du port d’Halifax (ThePIER) et du port de Valence (Opentop) ont annoncé avoir commencé à travailler sur la conception et la mise en place du premier réseau de centres d’innovation portuaire.

L’initiative a été annoncée à l’occasion du Congrès international d’entrepreneuriat portuaire organisé par Opentop et tenu dans le cadre du Sommet numérique de Valence.

L’objectif est de forger une alliance internationale d’innovateurs du secteur portuaire. Cela favorisera l’adoption de l’innovation dans le système portuaire mondial en tissant des liens entre les communautés des centres d’innovation, y compris des entreprises en démarrage, des entrepreneurs, des entreprises, des chercheurs, des universités et des investisseurs, ce qui les aidera à mettre en commun des idées innovatrices, des résultats de projets, des expériences liées à l’innovation, des méthodologies et des pratiques exemplaires.

M. Phanthian Zuesongdham, Ph. D. et responsable de la division des processus portuaires à l’Autorité portuaire de Hambourg, a déclaré que « pour tout centre d’innovation, il est primordial de tisser des liens avec d’autres centres. Nous partagerons les pratiques exemplaires de homePORT en collaboration avec d’autres ports et les membres de la communauté de l’innovation. Il est aussi très important de faire connaître les bienfaits et les résultats de projets innovateurs aux membres du réseau. De plus, nous sommes impatients d’apprendre des autres afin de, nous aussi, améliorer les services que nous offrons à notre collectivité. »

Antonio Torregrosa, PDG de la fondation Valenciaport, l’entité à la tête d’Opentop, a mentionné que « ce type d’initiative a le potentiel de tirer profit des capacités existantes des centres d’innovation des quatre coins du monde, de créer des espaces d’essai dans les ports partenaires des centres d’innovation du réseau et de mettre en place des espaces de travail et des plateformes de collaboration dont on se servira pour mettre des technologies à l’essai au profit des membres et des partenaires des autres centres du réseau. »

Michael Davie, vice-président des opérations et de la technologie au Port d’Halifax, a ajouté que « le lien entre les trois centres apportera un point de vue international complémentaire à chacun des centres et à leurs membres. Cela nous permettra d’adopter un mode de pensée global; d’approfondir notre compréhension de la culture internationale et des idées et des solutions à des problèmes complexes dont pourraient profiter des projets en démarrage locaux, ainsi que de repousser les limites des capacités existantes en matière de mise à l’essai et de démonstration de nouvelles technologies. »

Les trois centres d’innovation entrent maintenant dans la dernière phase de la conception du réseau, et on s’attend à ce que l’initiative soit lancée officiellement au cours des prochains mois.

 

À propos de homePORT

À propos de ThePIER

À propos d’Opentop – Fundación Valenciaport

 

Coordonnées pour les médias :

homePORT : [email protected]

ThePIER : [email protected]

Opentop : [email protected]

PORT OF HALIFAX RELEASES REPORT ON BUILDING WORKFORCE CAPACITY FOR A NET ZERO FUTURE

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October 6, 2023, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The workforce development team at the Port of Halifax has released its report on green skills for a net-zero economy. This is part of the Port of Halifax’s ongoing work to support the development of a capable and diverse workforce which also includes Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs, hackathons, workshops, and more. The report draws from contributions from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the innovation ecosystem established at The PIER.

“Building future capacity for an industry that is evolving towards greater sustainability is absolutely critical,” said Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development at the Port of Halifax and author of the report. “This study endeavors to understand and highlight the ‘green skills’ needed for a net-zero future, and the roles that industry, individuals, and government can play in building future capability.”

Many employers continue hiring from conventional cohorts who possess traditional skillsets and expect their workers to not only thrive in an ever-shifting industry, but to lead the way in navigating a green shift toward a net-zero economy. This report proposes an informed and thoughtful approach to building and curating a company’s workforce and contends that there is urgency to do so.

In addition, the report notes a positive outlook for emerging green skills; new federal, provincial, and industry initiatives are being launched to better understand and develop the green skills that will support the nation’s goal of building a net-zero economy.

 

To read the full report click here

 

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax meets the needs of today’s shipping, cargo and cruise operations, while building for the future. Initiatives are underway to increase the flow of goods and people through the Port of Halifax, increase efficiency and identify future opportunities.

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Emma Ross
Communications & Programming Coordinator, The PIER
(902) 210-3965
[email protected]


Le Port d’Halifax publie un rapport sur le renforcement de la capacité des effectifs pour un avenir à zéro émission nette

Le 6 octobre 2023, Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse – L’équipe de développement de la main-d’œuvre de l’Administration portuaire d’Halifax a publié un rapport sur les compétences « vertes » pour une économie à zéro émission nette. Ce rapport s’inscrit dans les efforts continus que déploie le Port d’Halifax pour soutenir le développement d’une main-d’œuvre capable et diversifiée qui inclut également des programmes d’apprentissage intégré au travail (AIT), des marathons de programmation numérique, des ateliers et plus encore. Le rapport s’appuie sur les contributions de l’Agence de l’apprentissage de la Nouvelle-Écosse ainsi que sur l’écosystème d’innovation établi à The PIER.

« Renforcer les futures capacités pour une industrie en pleine évolution vers une développement durable toujours plus important est absolument indispensable, a déclaré la Dre Sherry Scully, directrice du développement de la main-d’œuvre au Port d’Halifax et auteure du rapport. Cette étude s’efforce de comprendre et de mettre en avant les « compétences vertes » nécessaires à un avenir à zéro émission nette, et les rôles que l’industrie, les personnes et le gouvernement peuvent jouer dans le renforcement des capacités futures. »

De nombreux employeurs continuent d’embaucher des candidats issus des bassins conventionnels possédant un ensemble de compétences traditionnelles et attendent de leurs employés non seulement qu’ils s’épanouissent dans une industrie en constante évolution, mais aussi qu’ils ouvrent la voie à un virage vert en direction d’une économie à zéro émission nette. Ce rapport offre une approche éclairée et réfléchie sur la formation et la gestion de la main-d’œuvre d’une entreprise et affirme qu’il est urgent de le faire.

En outre, le rapport souligne des perspectives positives en ce qui concerne les compétences vertes émergentes. En effet, de nouvelles initiatives fédérales, provinciales et industrielles sont lancées afin de mieux comprendre et développer les compétences vertes qui participeront à l’objectif de la nation, à savoir développer une économie à zéro émission nette.

Pour lire le rapport complet, cliquez ici.

 

À propos du Port d’Halifax :

Le Port d’Halifax répond aux besoins d’aujourd’hui en matière de transport, de fret et de croisières, sans pour autant oublier de se préparer pour l’avenir. Des initiatives ont été prises afin d’augmenter la circulation des marchandises et des voyageurs à travers le Port d’Halifax, de renforcer l’efficience et d’identifier les possibilités futures.

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Emma Ross

Coordinatrice de la communication et de la programmation, The PIER

(902) 210-3965

[email protected]

 

UNITING FORCES TO CREATE AI-SOLUTIONS FOR A GREENER GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Authored by Niecole Killawee

September 20, 2023 – People worldwide rely on the maritime sector every day. Food, medicine, technology, fuel, and building materials are shipped across oceans from port to port, connecting markets around the globe. Ships move 90% of global product-based trade and ports serve as vital nodes in this intricate supply chain.

International shipping is the backbone of the global economy, but it comes at an environmental cost because the industry generates around 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. To improve sustainability across the shipping industry and ensure urgent climate action remains a priority, the International Maritime Organization and its 175 member states recently committed to reaching net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.

To get there, players in the maritime space must team up and face the decarbonization challenge together.

“Collaboration is the foundation of operating the Port of Halifax,” says Mike Davie, Vice President of Operations and Technology for the Halifax Port Authority (HPA). “We’re uniquely positioned to bring partners together to find efficiencies and get everyone on their path to decarbonization.”

The Data Enhancement Framework 2 (DEF2) project does just that. HPA has partnered with BlueNode (an Everstream AI company), PSA Global, Port Saint John, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, and Sentient Hubs to implement an AI platform that monitors on-site emissions in near real-time.

The DEF2 collaboration is navigating the complexity of supply chain data to build a digital solution that will help organizations reduce their carbon footprints, supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11, 12, 13, and 17.

“This project shows how much you can do to accelerate change with a small group that has big ideas,” says Davie.

DEF2 is an International Association of Ports and Harbours Sustainability Awards finalist in the Digitalization category. Click here to vote for Halifax Port Authority’s Data Enhancement Framework 2 project. Polls close at 7 p.m. ADT on Saturday, September 23, 2023 / 12 a.m. CEST on Sunday, September 24, 2023.

 

Using data and AI to decarbonize

BlueNode is a technology partner on the DEF2 project specializing in data enrichment software for the global supply chain. The company, headquartered in The PIER at HPA, was recently acquired by US-based Everstream AI.

“The port is a really interesting place to start a carbon intensity analysis because it’s a nexus of operations,” says BlueNode Vice President Louis Beaubien. “We can get a baseline understanding of the supply chain activity here, then from this starting point expand our understanding to include a larger scope of the global supply chain.”

Using data sources associated with HPA and PSA’s cargo handling processes, BlueNode has developed technology that monitors the CO2 emissions generated through those activities in near real-time. But it doesn’t stop there. The built-in artificial intelligence can recommend courses of action to achieve desired outcomes while minimizing carbon intensity. Known as prescriptive modelling, this capability informs both strategic infrastructure decisions and more tactical daily operational choices, explains Beaubien.

For instance, when comparing different cargo handling equipment, it’s easy to assume that large, diesel-powered machines are the obvious culprits behind high CO2 emissions. BlueNode’s analysis, however, considers an effort-to-emissions ratio that can reveal more covert contributors. Say a piece of equipment that produces fewer emissions is used frequently. It may be driving more carbon intensity in the long run, even though at face-value, it’s a cleaner machine.

“Now you have a real understanding of where the carbon intensity is coming from,” says Beaubien. “It’s meant to introduce objectivity into decision making.”

The next phase of the DEF2 project will focus on developing the capability of trade route optimization and risk planning. The goal is to add a layer of external factors into the data analysis, enabling the technology to plan routes that minimize carbon intensity while considering specific cargo transit risks, like hurricanes or a labour strike.

 

Solving big problems together

The DEF2 project is one example of the collaborative problem-solving that occurs daily within The PIER innovation ecosystem. As a global centre of excellence for supply chain innovation, The PIER serves as a living lab where a range of expert teams from industry, government and academia come together to test solutions in a real-world environment.

“Decarbonizing the supply chain is a challenge larger than any one organization or business,” says David Thomas, the Executive Director of The PIER. “We have to use The PIER to tackle these problems that are bigger than any one of us.”

Inside of The PIER ecosystem is a diverse mix of startups, SMEs, major supply chain multinationals, industry associations, university researchers, and government agencies. Supply chain partners can approach The PIER with a particular pain-point and then a curated group of members with the right skills, expertise, and experience gets to work on a solution. The environment is designed to take the pressure off any one entity to solve problems alone, resulting in a more efficient and equitable path toward sustainable growth.

“Most of the problems that we look to present to PIER members are those we feel locally, but are global in nature,” explains Thomas. “That way, solutions developed here can support supply chains around the world and drive economic growth in Nova Scotia.”

In addition to the DEF2 project, PIER members are actively engaged in the marine electrification of fleets, exploring hydrogen as an alternative fuel, deploying drone technology for remote inspections, developing environmentally friendly anti-fouling vessel coatings, and more.

 

A successful chain reaction

Both Beaubien and Davie agree that meaningful sustainability practices can start with small wins that are built upon over time to achieve greater successes. That’s why the DEF2 project is perfecting its methods and technology at the port-level first. Its success is the first step to understanding how a similar approach can be applied to other touchpoints in the global supply chain.

“Projects like DEF2 are small and complicated, but they have so many potential offshoots that help us move through larger problems,” says Davie. “We have to focus our energy and funding on projects that can empower change.”

 

THE PORT OF HALIFAX WANTS TO CONNECT THE SEAPORT DISTRICT TO POINT PLEASANT PARK

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August 31, 2023, Halifax, NS – The Port of Halifax is putting out an open call for post-secondary students to create a safe, environmentally sustainable and accessible pathway between the Seaport District and Point Pleasant Park.

The Port of Halifax is looking for creative ideas on how to develop a pathway for active transportation between the Halifax Seaport and Point Pleasant Park that supports the Port’s goal of contributing to a connected port city that is more sustainable, inclusive and accessible.

The Green Pathways Challenge is open to students who are registered in their first degree, diploma, or certificate program at a Nova Scotian post-secondary institution. The Challenge allows participants to work on their own or in groups to explore creative ideas or work collaboratively in teams to leverage a variety of skills and perspectives.

Participants will have the opportunity to help shape the Halifax Seaport and develop an awareness of sustainable infrastructure.

Submissions will include a drawn or digital illustration or a 3D model of the proposed pathway along with a brief written description of key proposal features. Judging will be based on the potential for meeting the key objectives, overall impact, originality, and creativity.

The Challenge kicks off on Monday, September 11, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with an in-person and live-streamed event hosted at The PIER, 1209 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS. Concept submissions will be accepted until Monday, September 25 with the winning proposal(s) announced on September 29.

The Green Pathways Challenge is part a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program designed by the Workforce Development team at The PIER. The WIL program is made possible through partnership with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), with support from the Government of Canada.

UPDATE:

Join us in congratulating the winners of the Green Pathways Challenge…

1st place – Team Dalhousie Engineering Duo – Carter DeYoung & Emily Veilleux

2nd place – Team GOAT Collective – Camilla Lima, Bronwen Atkins, Jean Jacobson, Jamie Spidell

3rd place – Team The Lone Innovator – Hannah LeBlanc

 

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax meets the needs of today’s shipping, cargo and cruise operations, while building for the future. Initiatives are underway to enhance the flow of goods and people through the Port of Halifax, improve efficiency and identify future opportunities.

 

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Emma Ross
Communications & Programming Coordinator, The PIER
(902) 210-3965
[email protected]

 


Le Port d’Halifax cherche à relier le Seaport District au parc Point Pleasant

 

Le 31 août 2023, Halifax, N.-É. – Le Port d’Halifax a lancé un appel de candidatures ouvert aux étudiants de niveau postsecondaire pour la création d’un sentier sûr, respectueux de l’environnement et accessible entre le Seaport District et le parc Point Pleasant.

Le Port d’Halifax est en quête d’idées originales pour la création d’un sentier pour le transport actif entre le Halifax Seaport et le parc Point Pleasant qui s’aligne sur l’objectif que s’est fixé le Port, à savoir contribuer à la création d’une ville portuaire connectée plus respectueuse de l’environnement, plus inclusive et plus accessible.

Le Défi sentier vert est ouvert à tous les étudiants inscrits à leur premier programme d’études dans un établissement postsecondaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse menant à l’obtention d’un grade, d’un diplôme ou d’un certificat. Le Défi permettra aux participants de travailler seul ou en groupes pour explorer des idées créatives ou travailler conjointement au sein d’équipes et tirer parti de différentes compétences et perspectives.

Les participants auront l’occasion de participer à façonner le Halifax Seaport et d’en apprendre plus sur ce qu’est une infrastructure respectueuse de l’environnement.

Les soumissions doivent inclure une illustration numérique ou dessinée à la main, ou un modèle en 3D du sentier proposé, ainsi qu’une courte description des points clés de la proposition. Les propositions seront jugées sur la capacité à atteindre les objectifs clés, l’impact du projet, l’originalité et la créativité.

Le Défi sera lancé le Lundi 11 Septembre 2023, de 18 h à 20 h, à l’occasion d’un événement en personne et en diffusion en temps réel organisé à The PIER au 1209, chemin Marginal, Halifax, N.-É. Les soumissions de concepts seront acceptées jusqu’au lundi 25 Septembre et la ou les propositions choisies seront annoncées le 29 Septembre.

MISE À JOUR :

Joignez-vous à nous pour féliciter les gagnants du défi des voies vertes…

1ère Place – Duo d’Ingénieurs de l’équipe Dalhousie – Carter DeYoung & Emily Veilleux

2ème Place – Équipe des GOAT Collectif – Camilla Lima, Bronwen Atkins, Jean Jacobson, Jamie Spidell

3e place – Équipe L’innovateur Solitaire – Hannah LeBlanc

 

À propos du Port d’Halifax :

Le Port d’Halifax répond aux besoins d’aujourd’hui en matière de transport, de fret et de croisières, sans pour autant oublier de se préparer pour l’avenir. Des initiatives ont été prises afin d’améliorer la circulation des marchandises et des voyageurs à travers le Port d’Halifax, de renforcer l’efficience et d’identifier les possibilités futures.

 

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Emma Ross

Coordinatrice de la communication, The PIER

(902) 210-3965 [email protected]

HALIFAX PORT AUTHORITY AND MARINE THINKING TO TEST NEW CAPABILITIES IN A LIVE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

August 24, 2023, Halifax, NS – On Friday, August 25, 2023, the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) will partner with Marine Thinking, a member company at The PIER, to test new technology at the Port of Halifax. Marine Thinking will undertake an autonomous sonar survey of Piers 20, 21 and 22 using their electric Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), Acadia. The scans will collect data on the current condition of seawall infrastructure and seabed elevation to support planning for future maintenance and projects.

The vessel – a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) is fully electric, reducing both noise and air emissions at the source. Responsible and pro-active management of HPA’s infrastructure in an environmentally sustainable manner allows HPA to meet infrastructure requirements while continuing to move toward Net-Zero operations.

This trial will improve the understanding of emerging USV capabilities and will prepare HPA for the application and future use of autonomous vessels in the Halifax Harbour,” said Govinda Jagdeo, Project Manager, Marine Thinking. “Our autonomous technology solutions are helping the industry advance further and faster while ensuring a safer and more sustainable future.”

“The PIER is where HPA and its members come to co-create, test and demonstrate emerging technologies,” said David Thomas, Executive Director, The PIER. “This is a great example of how we can leverage what PIER members are doing and test it in a real environment. Adopting solutions for infrastructure surveying could bring down deployment time and enable HPA to perform more surveys, including after major weather events.”

For members of the media who would like to attend this event, please contact Emily Richardson to arrange shoreside access. For those who cannot attend, The PIER will provide photos to social media channels following the event.

 

About Marine Thinking

Marine Thinking is an autonomous technology company transforming the way we understand and interact with the ocean. Empowering crewed and uncrewed surface vessels (USV) with autonomous performance capabilities, Marine Thinking is creating new possibilities and opportunities for a wide variety of marine applications.

 

About The PIER 

The PIER (Port Innovation, Engagement and Research) is Canada’s first living lab dedicated to enabling collaborative problem solving between tech companies, local and global supply chain partners, researchers, SMEs, and startups to support innovation and uncover new commercial opportunities within the transportation, supply chain and logistics industries. The PIER provides a landing space for developing companies with expertise in maritime and landside transportation and logistics who want to create solutions alongside global industrial leaders.

 

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax meets the needs of today’s shipping, cargo and cruise operations, while building for the future. Initiatives are underway to enhance the flow of goods and people through the Port of Halifax, improve efficiency and identify future opportunities.

 

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Emily Richardson
Communications Coordinator
Halifax Port Authority
Ph. (902) 229-8011
[email protected]

 

EIMSKIP AND OCEANSYNC FEATURED IN PIER MEMBER SHOWCASE #5

The Member Showcase Series features PIER member companies as they present capabilities and solutions to the membership and Halifax Port Authority (HPA) staff. The series is designed to strengthen connections between PIER members, the HPA, and the ecosystem. These sessions address knowledge gaps, find common challenges, and build the framework to collaborate on solutions.

Showcase #5 featured: Shawn Doyle, Business Development Manager with Eimskip; Keegan Bizaaré, Operations Manager, and Carson Straub, Data Scientist with OceanSync.

Shawn Doyle highlighted the “to-the-minute” precision required for the movement of reefers (or refrigerated shipping containers) across land and sea. The audience came to understand the great potential in having smaller vessels in a niche market providing tailored solutions for the movement of goods across the Atlantic and beyond. During the Q+A, the conversation focused on how Eimskip may advance their decarbonization goals by partnering with companies to improve the storage, movement, and manufacturing of their reefers.

Eimskip is an international shipping company with 55 offices in 20 countries and four continents: Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Eimskip specializes in worldwide freight forwarding services with a focus on frozen and chilled commodities.

Representing OceanSync were Operations Manager, Keegan Bizaaré and Data Scientist, Carson Straub, who shared the potential found in having OceanSync’s weather technology aboard ships of all kinds. Audience members learned about the applications for data collection around “observed” versus “predicted” weather patterns (and the discrepancy between the two) – highly valuable information for companies seeking to optimize vessel routes. During the Q+A, seafarer wellbeing was discussed including the positive impact of having accurate, observed weather data for when seafarers are facing a major weather event at sea.

OceanSync has developed a ship-based automated weather station to enable the efficient exchange of weather observations. Weather data, like wind, pressure, temperature and humidity, are transmitted in real time from any location on earth. While the observations from a single vessel are valuable, the aggregated observations from multiple vessels will provide game-changing insights into weather patterns and climate.

 

Up next on August 17:

Lucija Prelovec, Acting Executive Director, DeepSense

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty, Founder & CEO, Spiri Robotics

 

Previous Showcases have featured:

Meg Batchelor, Project Engineering Manager North America, OMC International

Alastair Trower – Director of Business Development, Enginuity Inc.

Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development, The PIER

Troy Saulnier, Network Strategy, Bell Canada

Matthew Steinberg, Director, North American Engineering Hub, Avanade

Cameron Duval – Business Development Analyst, Datifex

Jeff Haley, Director of Global Projects, Rhenus Logistics

Malinda Matchett, Provincial Director of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA)

Catherine MacDonald, Manager of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement, Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA)

POST-SECONDARY STUDENT TO ATTEND BLUE FUTURES PATHWAY EXPEDITION FOR HALIFAX PORT AUTHORITY

July 27, 2023, Halifax, NS – A fourth-year industrial engineering student will join the Students on Ice Foundation Blue Futures Pathways Expedition to Newfoundland & Labrador this month. Dalhousie University student Elisabet Astatkie will join Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development at The PIER, along with youth from across Canada, Indigenous knowledge-holders, scientists, and industry personnel on a journey that will highlight various career pathways within the Sustainable Blue Economy.

Participants will explore different Sustainable Blue Economy concepts, develop skills, connect with mentors and peers, and have impactful discussions about the challenges facing the ocean and waterways. Ms. Astatkie’s involvement through the Halifax Port Authority’s workforce development initiative at The PIER is an extension of the Port’s commitment to building a sustainable, diverse and equitable workforce.

Within her academic community, Ms. Astatkie is Vice-President of Finance for Dalhousie’s Industrial Engineering Society and the Logistics Executive for Imhotep’s Learning Community, a post-secondary society designed to support and engage Black students as they progress through university.

“I am excited to attend the Blue Futures Pathway Expedition because it is a unique opportunity to achieve a hands-on marine learning experience, discover potential career pathways, and connect sustainable innovation to local communities in the Maritimes,” said Ms. Astakie. “As a student who is still figuring out her path in life, I will use this expedition to learn about innovative marine initiatives and explore my place in the Sustainable Blue Economy as a future Industrial Engineer.”

“Last September I had the privilege to join an ocean expedition around Nova Scotia. It was an amazing learning and cultural experience that brought a diverse group of people together around the shared interest of ocean conservation and the sustainable blue economy,” said Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development at The PIER. “On this trip I’m looking forward to the exciting Zodiac boat cruises to view the coastline from the water, observe research in action, and visit local communities.”

With regional context and engagement, the expedition will set sail from Happy Valley-Goose Bay Labrador on Saturday, July 29, travelling through Nunatsiavut, south towards the strait of Belle Isle, and along the southern shore of Newfoundland, ending in St John’s.

 

About SOI

The SOI (Students on Ice) Foundation inspires connection and empowers leadership for a sustainable future. Our mission is to foster globally minded leaders by immersing youth in transformative experiential learning environments and collaborative cross-cultural journeys to the Arctic, Antarctic and places in between.

About the Port of Halifax

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2022, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.87 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $3 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.5 billion in GDP, $1.6 billion in labour income and over 25,300 jobs.

Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo, and project cargo. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.

 

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Media Contact:

Emma Ross
Communications & Programming Coordinator, The PIER
(902) 210-3965
[email protected]


 

Une étudiante de niveau postsecondaire doit prendre part à l’expédition Plein cap vers un avenir bleu pour l’Administration portuaire d’Halifax

Le 27 juillet 2023, Halifax, N.-É. – Une étudiante en quatrième année de génie industriel se joindra à Plein cap vers un avenir bleu lors d’une expédition autour de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador organisée par la Fondation Students on Ice ce mois-ci. Elisabet Astatkie, étudiante à l’Université Dalhousie, se joindra à la Dre Sherry Scully, directrice du développement de la main-d’œuvre à The PIER, en compagnie d’autres jeunes des quatre coins du Canada, de détenteurs du savoir autochtone, de scientifiques et d’employés du secteur pour un voyage qui mettra en lumière les différents parcours professionnels qu’offre l’économie bleue durable.

Les participants pourront découvrir les différents concepts de l’économie bleue durable, développer des compétences, se connecter avec des mentors et des pairs, et prendre part à des conversations percutantes sur les défis auxquels font face les océans et les voies navigables. La participation de madame Astatkie à l’initiative de développement de la main-d’œuvre de l’Administration portuaire d’Halifax à The PIER est une extension de l’engagement du port envers le développement d’une main-d’œuvre durable, diverse et équitable.

Dans sa communauté universitaire, Mme Astatkie est vice-présidente des finances de l’Industrial Engineering Society de Dalhousie et est responsable de la logistique pour la Imhotep’s Learning Community, une société du postsecondaire créée pour soutenir et faire participer les étudiants noirs tout au long de leur parcours universitaire.

« Je me réjouis de participer à l’expédition de Plein cap vers un avenir bleu car cela représente une occasion unique de vivre une expérience maritime pratique, de découvrir d’éventuels parcours professionnels et de faire le lien entre l’innovation durable et les collectivités locales des Maritimes, a déclaré Mme Astatkie. En tant qu’étudiante qui cherche encore sa voie dans sa vie, cette expédition me permettra d’en apprendre plus sur les initiatives maritimes innovantes et de découvrir ma place dans l’économie bleue durable en tant que future ingénieure industrielle. »

« En septembre dernier, j’ai eu le privilège de prendre part à une expédition océanique autour de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ça a été une incroyable expérience culturelle et éducative qui a rassemblé un groupe de personnes diverses et variées partageant un intérêt commun pour la préservation de l’océan et l’économie bleue durable, a affirmé la Dre Sherry Scully, directrice du développement de la main-d’œuvre à The PIER. À l’occasion de cette expédition, je suis impatiente de pouvoir observer le littoral depuis l’océan à bord de Zodiacs, de voir la recherche à l’œuvre et de visiter les communautés locales. »

Avec un contexte et un engagement régionaux, l’expédition partira de Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Labrador) le samedi 29 juillet, traversera le territoire du Nunatsiavut en direction du sud et le détroit de Belle Isle, puis longera le littoral sud de Terre-Neuve pour se terminer à St. John’s.

 

À propos de SOI

La Fondation SOI (Students on Ice) inspire et renforce le leadership pour un avenir durable. Nous nous sommes donnés pour mission de favoriser des leaders dotés d’une perspective mondiale en permettant à des jeunes de s’immerger dans des environnements transformatifs d’apprentissage par l’expérience et de participer à des expéditions collaboratives interculturelles dans l’Arctique, l’Antarctique et les lieux situés entre les deux.

 

À propos du Port d’Halifax

Porte d’entrée par excellence au Canada atlantique, le Port d’Halifax assure des liaisons avec plus de 150 pays. En 2022, les retombées économiques totales du Port d’Halifax sur la province de la Nouvelle-Écosse s’élevaient à 4,87 milliards de dollars, dont 3 milliards de dollars directement attribuables au port. Ces activités ont généré un PIB de 2,5 milliards de dollars en retombées directes et indirectes, 1,6 milliard de dollars en revenu du travail et quelque 25 300 emplois.

Avec son port naturellement profond et ses infrastructures de niveau international, Halifax peut recevoir d’imposants volumes de fret en conteneurs, de fret en vrac et de cargaisons spéciales, et ce, sans limite de taille. En collaborant et en travaillant avec des partenaires et des acteurs de premier plan, la communauté du Port d’Halifax continue d’exceller.

 

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Personne-ressource pour les médias :

Emma Ross
Coordinatrice de la communication et de la programmation, The PIER
(902) 210-3965
[email protected]

RHENUS LOGISTICS AND ACADA FEATURED IN PIER MEMBER SHOWCASE #4

The Member Showcase Series features PIER member companies as they present capabilities and solutions to the membership and Halifax Port Authority (HPA) staff. The series is designed to strengthen connections between PIER members, the HPA, and the ecosystem. These sessions address knowledge gaps, find common challenges, and build the framework to collaborate on solutions.

Showcase #4 featured Jeff Haley, Director of Global Projects, Rhenus Logistics, and Malinda Matchett, Provincial Director of Nova Scotia and Catherine MacDonald, Manager of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement at the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA). Rhenus Logistics and ACADA are the latest PIER members, joining in the spring of this year.

Jeff Haley spoke about the work Rhenus is doing in the sustainability space, highlighting what’s possible in terms of decarbonizing the supply chain. Rhenus is also committed to testing and exploring new ideas and adopting technology from innovative startups to advance sustainability efforts across their service offering.

Rhenus Logistics is a global provider of tailored supply chain solutions, trusted by businesses worldwide. With a customer-centric approach and a commitment to excellence, they offer reliable, efficient and cost-effective logistics services. Their extensive network of offices, warehouses and distribution centers enables seamless global operations, while their expert team leverages cutting-edge technology to optimize supply chains.

Representing the Atlantic Canadian Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA) were Malinda Matchett, Provincial Director Nova Scotia, and Catherine MacDonald, Manager of Membership & Stakeholder Engagement. ACADA’s work, which relies on efficient and resilient supply chains, is leading in the aerospace and defence sectors. There is significant crossover between our two organizations from dual-use technologies, including solutions being developed at The PIER, to the importance of a collaborative work-model. There are clear avenues for mutually beneficial member programming and events, which is currently in development.

ACADA is a SME-focused industry association representing the interests of the aerospace, defence and security industries in Atlantic Canada. They work collaboratively with industry members, provincial and federal government agencies, and other key stakeholders to facilitate strategic industry development on behalf of the region while promoting the Atlantic Canada brand locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

Up next on August 3:

Shawn Doyle, Business Development Manager, Eimskip

Sebastiaan Ambtman, Founder & CEO, OceanSync Inc.

 

Previous Showcases have featured:

Meg Batchelor, Project Engineering Manager North America, OMC International

Alastair Trower – Director of Business Development, Enginuity Inc.

Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development, The PIER

Troy Saulnier, Network Strategy, Bell Canada

Matthew Steinberg, Director, North American Engineering Hub, Avanade

Cameron Duval – Business Development Analyst, Datifex

HALIFAX PORT AUTHORITY TO ADVANCE DECARBONIZATION EFFORTS THROUGH NEW RESEARCH PROJECT

JULY 17, 2023, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is collaborating with environmental gas monitoring company, Eosense, and researchers at Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s University to better understand the carbon footprint of vessels in the Port of Halifax. With components based out of the PIER (Port Innovation Engagement and Research), the research will establish baseline GHG conditions and monitor the impact of new fuels on marine sector GHG emissions including hydrogen and derivatives like methanol and ammonia.

“Partnering on this research will support the HPA’s goal of becoming a global leader in operating a green port,” says, Dr. Sherry Scully, Director of Workforce Development, The PIER. The PIER’s living lab function is demonstrating how research can lead to innovative technologies that can help us address complex challenges like decarbonization, while also fostering a multidisciplinary training environment for students.  A lab doesn’t get more living than that.”

The research project involves deploying air and water sampling systems between opposite shores of the Halifax Harbour and in the Bedford Basin. The measurements will support monitoring of ship emissions of greenhouse gases, including nitrous oxide (N2O), and allow them to be distinguished from emissions due to blooms of microbes which occur sporadically in the Harbour waters.

“Coastal waters are of great relevance to study because they emit N2O to the atmosphere due to marine microbial activity that is both natural and human-caused (mainly from agricultural nutrient runoff, but also from increasing temperatures and decreasing ocean oxygen content),” said Dr. Aldona Wiacek, Associate Professor, Saint Mary’s University. “In order to separate the GHG emission effects of regular port activities from natural processes, an integrated measurement approach is needed that targets the atmosphere, the harbour waters, and the interface between the two.”

The three-year project is funded by a National Science Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance Missions grant – funding specifically aimed at addressing issues related to climate change. This research will play a critical role in the HPA’s ongoing efforts to fight climate change and protect the environment by taking action to reduce GHG emissions while strengthening the economy with sustainable jobs and clean industrial growth.

Project partners include Dr. Aldona Wiacek, Saint Mary’s University (Atmospheric Science), Dr. Douglas Wallace, Dalhousie University (Oceanography), Dr. Julie LaRoche, Dalhousie University (Marine Microbial Ecology), industry partner Eosense Inc. plus many post-secondary students, interns and industry researchers.

Further project information is available here: www.ap.smu.ca/~awiacek/research_Alliance.html

 

About the Port of Halifax

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2022, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.87 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $3 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.5 billion in GDP, $1.6 billion in labour income and over 25,300 jobs.

Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo, and project cargo. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.

About Eosense Inc.

Eosense is a Canadian company helping industry and academia measure and visualize greenhouse gases to better manage climate change impacts. Eosense designs and builds weatherproof gas monitoring devices for soil gas flux research. Eosense is dedicated to equipping research and industry with accurate, go-anywhere tools.

 

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Media Contacts

Aldona Wiacek
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Saint Mary’s University
(902) 491-6481
[email protected]

Danielle Boudreau
Communications Officer, Faculty of Science, Saint Mary’s University
(902) 420-5526
[email protected]

Nick Nickerson
President, Eosense Inc.
(902) 441-0888
[email protected]

Alison Auld
Senior Research Reporter, Communications, Marketing and Creative Services, Dalhousie University
(902) 220-0491
[email protected]

Emma Ross
Communications & Programming Coordinator, The PIER
(902) 210-3965
[email protected]

THE PIER PARTNERS WITH BHER TO TRANSFORM WORKFORCES FOR A NET-ZERO ECONOMY

June 27, 2023, Halifax Nova Scotia – The PIER (Port Innovation, Engagement & Research) is partnering with Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) to advance a net-zero economy. Through this partnership, with support from the Government of Canada, we are developing a highly skilled net-zero workforce. Funding from BHER will enable the development and delivery of work integrated learning (WIL) experiences to more than 500 post-secondary students across the province over a 24-month period, all focused on developing green skills for a net-zero economy. This program will help HPA and The PIER advance workforce transformation in an energy-intensive industry that is committed to reaching net zero targets by 2050.

“Our progress towards greater sustainability – which takes into consideration the environment, the economy, and our local cultures and society – will only succeed if we have the talent in place with the right skills and attitudes to bring about the change needed,” said Dr. Scully, Director of Workforce Development at The PIER who will be leading the WIL program. “Through collaboration with other partners, including Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia Community College, The Discovery Centre, DeepSense, Ignite Labs, and others, students will be able to participate in a variety of skill building experiences including hackathons, bootcamps, industry and capstone projects, and traditional internships.”

“BHER is proud to support The PIER with this multifaceted project to advance green skills within the transportation, logistics, and supply chain industries. It’s an opportune moment to strengthen talent attraction to this vital sector,” said Andrew Bieler, Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning at BHER.

About The PIER

The PIER is Canada’s first living lab dedicated to enabling collaborative problem solving between tech companies, local and global supply chain partners, researchers, SMEs, and startups to support innovation and uncover new commercial opportunities within the transportation, supply chain and logistics industries. The PIER provides a landing space for developing companies with expertise in maritime and landside transportation and logistics who want to create solutions alongside global industrial leaders.

About the Business + Higher Education Roundtable

The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization bringing together some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. Since

2015, BHER has worked to harness the strengths of Canada’s business and post-secondary education sectors to build opportunities for young Canadians, boost innovation and drive collaboration. Learn more at www.bher.ca Visit our WIL Hub for ways to explore, invest in and create quality WIL opportunities.

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Contact:

Emma Ross

Communications & Programming Coordinator, The PIER

(902) 210-3965

[email protected]

OCEAN OF DATA CHALLENGE: FUTURE GREEN PORTS DRIVE SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION IN PORT CITIES

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – June 6, 2023 – The Ocean of Data Challenge: Future Green Ports, held from May 24 to June 5, has concluded and the top submissions have been determined.

The goal was to foster sustainable practices in port cities, such as Halifax, by leveraging ocean data and encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration among students from Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institutions. The challenge provided a platform for students from diverse academic backgrounds, including Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Sustainability, and Business, to propose innovative solutions for creating greener and more efficient ports. By utilizing ocean data, participants developed diagrams, technological solutions, data analyses, and other innovative approaches to address the challenge.

Speakers from the Halifax Port Authority and the Port of Virginia shared insights on current green initiatives in ports, while speakers from Datifex and Acuicy spoke about the importance of data in achieving net-zero targets and creating a sustainable supply chain.

The participants submitted short video presentations, which were evaluated by a panel of expert judges. The judging criteria included design, business potential, technical difficulty, completeness, presentation, and innovation.

 

The winners of the Ocean of Data Challenge: Future Green Ports are as follows:

First Place: Tolga Gokturk Cohce, completing a Master of Computer Science from Mount Allison University, won for his concept called “SoundOff Sea Strategy.” This innovative approach focuses on underwater noise mitigation and modification of existing incentives, addressing the crucial issue of noise pollution in port areas.

Second Place: Joseph Barss, a recent graduate specializing in Mathematics and Economics from Mount Saint Vincent University, proposed “Opportunities for shore power expansion in the Port of Halifax,” exploring the expansion of shore power infrastructure to reduce emissions and enhance sustainability.

Best Practical Application Award: Jack Ryan, pursuing a Master of Finance at Saint Mary’s University, received recognition for his actionable solution assisting container terminal managers in making profitable and environmentally friendly resource allocation decisions.

Best Data-Driven Innovation: The team of Dalhousie Students in Computer Science, Mootez Saad, Saurabhsingh Rajput, and Indranil Palit, received this award for their concept called “Winds of Change,” which proposes optimal placement for windmills to maximize energy production.

 

The Ocean of Data Challenge: Future Green Ports highlights the importance of ocean data and encourages interdisciplinary thinking within the ocean sector. For more information about the challenge and future initiatives, please click here.

 

About DeepSense

DeepSense is a research platform headquartered in the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. Its innovation priorities unite industry, academia and government in an effort to boost the ocean economy in the Atlantic region through the application of big data analytics. DeepSense enables ocean-related companies to connect with ocean scientists and critical data sets to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning opportunities in the development of commercially useful predictive models, analytical prototypes and applications for use in the ocean economy.

 

Media inquiries
Lucija Prelovec, Communications Specialist – DeepSense
902-225-3548
[email protected]