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Marine Institute - Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec)

Our oceans are home to vast and largely untapped resources, carry over 90% of global trade and sustain life on earth through regulation of climate. As global population and commerce continue to grow, the demand to know our oceans is stronger than ever.

The Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec) began its operations in 2008 and is the research and development arm of the School of Ocean Technology.  CTec actively engages in projects that promote the adoption of technology in the ocean sector, we collaborate with industry and others on the development of technology for the practical benefit of all sectors of the maritime community.

CTec undertakes applied research and development in the areas of:




CTec operates the SmartBay applied ocean observation system, the largest such system in Canada.  SmartBay consists of the 3-buoy network within Placentia Bay, NL in operation since 2006, as well as the individual buoys of the NL town of Bonavista, Lewisporte and Port aux Basques.

SOT and CTec own and operate a suite of hydrographic and oceanographic survey systems that include multi-beam sonar, sub-bottom profilers, side scan sonars and Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP).  This equipment is involved in numerous projects and its personnel's mapping expertise is often utilized on other collaborating vessels.

The guiding principles of the applied research and development efforts are to:

    • respond to the evolving technology needs of key ocean industries such as fisheries, shipping, offshore oil and gas


    • wherever possible and practical, work collaboratively with the ocean technology industry in Canada




Our goal is to enhance the safety, efficiency, sustainability and profitability of maritime pursuits through the application of technology. Our technologies and expertise are helping to bridge the gap between ‘knowing' and ‘doing.'