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Irving Shipbuilding Inc. Partners with MEOPAR, Provides $1 Million to Ocean Research

Irving Shipbuilding recently partnered with MEOPAR to provide $1 million for oceans research in Canada. Irving Shipbuilding’s funding is pursuant to its Value Proposition obligation under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, whereby Irving Shipbuilding is committed to spending 0.5% of contract revenues with the aim of creating a sustainable marine industry across Canada.  This funding will be combined with an additional $0.5 million from MEOPAR to support projects that align with our overall goal of improving Canada’s ability to observe, predict, and respond to marine hazards.

“Irving Shipbuilding is pleased to support this call for proposals in partnership with MEOPAR.  Ensuring Canada has a sustainable and vibrant marine industry is one of the cornerstones of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy”, said Kevin McCoy, Irving Shipbuilding President.  Read more



Access to exactAIS Data Could Change the Tide for Several MEOPAR Projects

Ron Pelot has been using shipping data to aid in his ocean research for the past 20 years. His area of expertise is maritime risk analysis and he’s currently focusing his attention on spills from travelling ships. The project requires an abundance of data on ocean traffic and it’s one of several MEOPAR research initiatives that will benefit greatly from a new partnership with exactEarth Ltd.

Based in Ontario, exactEarth provides global maritime vessel data using Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals. “AIS was mandated worldwide on most ships,” explains Pelot, the Associate Scientific Director at MEOPAR. “It requires them to broadcast who and where they are.” The system was designed to allow ships with navigators to see where other ships are located, thereby reducing the chances of a collision. Read more.



MEOPAR Matches ExxonMobil Investment in Oil Spill Research

Marine bacteria represent the first line of defense against oil spills in the ocean environment – but very little is known about how naturally occurring bacteria in Canada’s northern waters would react to a spill. Dr. Casey Hubert (University of Calgary) has partnered with ExxonMobil to explore the physiology and diversity of marine bacteria in Canada’s Arctic in order to better assess vulnerability and potential response mechanisms in these waters. 

Through the MEOPAR partnership program, ExxonMobil’s $50,000 cash investment in Dr. Hubert’s research was matched with a $50,000 contribution from MEOPAR, in addition to another $40,000 from MEOPAR to match contributions from Dr. Hubert’s other co-funding partners.