Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced two new projects led from Newfoundland and Labrador including the $3.1M Offshore Connected Worker Project. The project will implement the Connected Worker (CW) technologies in remote offshore operations, reducing risk and adding value to ocean companies.
The project involves the unique integration of digital and automated technologies that allow vessel and offshore installation operators to effectively optimize offshore personnel by remotely monitoring human activity, conditions and operations. This new capability of remote monitoring of assets and personnel allows for reduction of offshore hours by using data and machine learning to optimize roles, prevent equipment failures, optimize vessel operations, and increase the safety and well-being of the crew. Digital systems will enable operators and contractors to monitor and perform activities from a shore-based Center of Excellence, that were previously completed offshore.
Led by Horizon Maritime and Allswater Marine, with international partner ShipReality Inc. and Canadian partners, VMG Strategic Technology, Rimot, C-CORE, Kognitiv Spark, and Kinduct, the Connected Worker Project team will use their leading expertise and experience to create a holistic end-to-end application of digital technology for an offshore installation or vessel. Once complete, the application will provide offshore companies and their crew with reduced risk, greater efficiency and improved health and well-being in the remote offshore environment.
With a total project value of $3.1 million, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $1.3 million in funding to the project. Five hundred thousand of the total value will come from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Innovation and Business Investment Corporation with the balance coming from industry partners, marking the 40th Ocean Supercluster project announced to date.
This Offshore Connected Worker Project will create 20 new direct and indirect jobs in its development. The technology created by the project will also enable the success of increasingly remote project and future projects in Canada and internationally.
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Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The Ocean Supercluster has approved projects with a total value of more than $320 million which will deliver more than 100 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world.
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
“Innovation comes from bringing together key players to solve real-world challenges. By using digital and automated technologies such as digital twinning, this project will support workers while addressing challenges in the offshore environment.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“With this project, the Ocean Supercluster shows that innovation happens throughout the economy, including in the digital marine sector. The development of connected-worker technologies will provide our ocean workforce with a safer work environment and will help position Canada as a global leader in the ocean economy.” – The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“Digital technology is changing the way we operate in marine settings. By using simulated capabilities, this innovative R&D project will create a safer and improved offshore environment. Supporting tech projects that grow and advance the blue economy is important to our government.” – The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology
“Our world and our ocean is becoming increasingly digital, where increasing our capabilities in remote operations in our ocean industries will not only help us keep workers safe, it will open up new opportunities for growth and increase our global competitiveness. This is one of many areas where Canada can lead in ocean, and the advancements in remote operations made possible through this project is an important part of that opportunity.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
“We appreciate the efforts of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and our project team to bring this initiative to fruition. The opportunity to improve the safety and well-being of our remote offshore workforce while increasing the competitiveness of our industry are amongst the most important challenges we face today. We are excited to begin work on delivering solutions that will result in positive change.” – Sean Leet, CEO Horizon Maritime
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with such an amazing group of innovative companies in Atlantic Canada to develop this unique solution that will have many applications both locally and internationally. The Offshore Connected Worker Project will address one of the most prominent issues faced by the marine and offshore industries. Our integrated connected worker technologies provide a better understanding of the health, wellness and efficiency of workers offshore, while enabling the ability to relocate many tasks that have traditionally been completed offshore to an onshore facility.” – Rob Crutcher, President Allswater Marine