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ERNACT members visit Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and The Launch in Holyrood, NL.
27 October 2022 - ERNACT  project
Learning about the Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility.

The first ERNACT network management meeting organised outside Europe, held in St John's (Canada) on the 18th of October, has included two study visits to world-leading ocean tech institutions: Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Launch ocean research centre in the town of Holyrood. 

The main objective of these two study visit was to understand Newfoundland and Labrador's (NL) key digital transformation strengths to increase digital transformation innovation and research linkages between NL and European regions and cities. "These two study visits have provided an opportunity for the European-based ERNACT regions and cities to study the digital transformation development ecosystem of Newfoundland and Labrador", explains Colm McColgan, ERNACT General Manager.

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland works closely with industry to answer research questions of importance to the economic development of NL in the areas of: fisheries, maritime operations, ocean safety and ocean technology. The researchers in the School of Ocean Technology and its research unit, the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec), undertake research and development that aims to collect, interpret and disseminate ocean data, including ocean mapping, ocean observing systems, ocean instrumentation and underwater intervention. 

Among others, ERNACT members got the opportunity to visit the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources and the Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator Facility, where Virtual Reality (VR) immerses students, researches and technical staff into an advanced technology ecosystem in order to learn how to develop solutions for a harsh marine environment.

The Launch in Holyrood, a new facility of the Marine Institute, promotes the ocean sector in NL through a cold ocean research and innovation hub which allows companies and institutions to complete research, analyze data, and develop products to further enhance the global ocean industry. The Launch has world leading assets to help researchers and businesses with a variety of activities, including the Offshore Safety and Supply Centre which offers a range of safety and emergency response training courses, Smart Atlantic which is the largest applied ocean observation system in Canada, the Holyrood Subsea Observatory which delivers real-time monitoring of the ocean and marine life in Conception Bay, NL., and Smart Bay Holyrood, a multi-purpose, cold ocean technology development, testing, validation, and demonstration facility supporting research and commercialization of subsea technologies.

ERNACT members visiting The Launch in Holyrood.

Click here to email  Ianire Renobales at ERNACT for further information

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