(St. John’s, NL, 15 Jan. 2014) The Ocean Observation Technology Development Project is one of three innovative research and development (R&D) projects in Newfoundland and Labrador that will receive a total of $7.3 million under the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF).
This project is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Ralf Bachmayer, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Technology at Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. They will receive an AIF investment of $2.9 million in support of their project to create an Ice Ocean Sentinel System (IOSS). The IOSS will include an unmanned surface craft with ice detection radar and underwater scanning sonar, and the advanced technology for unmanned, underwater gliders and a seafloor navigation beacon. The IOSS is a mobile ocean observatory system designed to provide critical ocean information and data products for decision-making needs in frontier, harsh and ice-prone environments. The first application is to address situational awareness needs for offshore oil and gas industry operations.

Accordomg to the official release Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) said that, “These projects, supported by the latest round of AIF funding, will contribute to an innovative, productive and competitive economy here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Atlantic Canada. Our Government’s investments in R&D are helping the region’s businesses and institutions conduct top level research and achieve commercial success for their innovations – all necessary to succeed in the knowledge economy of the 21st century.”


Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Julie Afonso
Acting Director, Public Affairs
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Dr. Ralph Bachmeyer

Principal Investigator

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Memorial University of Newfoundland