The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and the SmartATLANTIC Saint John Consortium celebrate the completion of the SmartATLANTIC Saint John Inshore Weather Buoy project

June 24, 2015 – Saint John, New Brunswick

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with the Honourable Roger Melanson, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, today announced the launch of the SmartATLANTIC Saint John Inshore Weather Buoy website. The weather buoy and on-line weather and wave forecasting tool technology will provide the marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters, meteorologists, researchers and scientists with online access to real-time weather and directional wave information in the Bay of Fundy.

Amec Foster Wheeler will use the meteorological and oceanographic information collected by the buoy to generate high-resolution weather, wind and sea state forecasts, which will help keep mariners safe while increasing productivity and reducing the cost of moving goods through Port Saint John, Canaport LNG, Irving Canaport and other facilities.

With accurate data, shipping companies will have additional information to safely navigate their vessels through the waterways leading into Port Saint John. This technology improves the port’s reliability, and supports better planning and more efficient operations by shippers and others using it.

The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Inshore Weather Buoy is an ODAS buoy (Ocean Data Acquisition System) manufactured in Canada by AXYS Technologies and is the first buoy of its kind to be deployed in the Bay of Fundy. It is an important new weather forecasting tool and platform for scientific research/education.

The public is now able to access the weather forecasts free of charge by visiting http://www.smartatlantic.ca/saintjohn – a website hosted by Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Centre for Applied Ocean Technology.

Quick Facts

  • The total project cost is approximately $417,000. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $185,000 through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.
  • Other project partners include: the Province of New Brunswick (contributing $91,000), the Saint John Port Authority (contributing $91,000), Amec Foster Wheeler (providing in-kind services of $30,000), Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (providing in-kind services of $8,000), and the Canadian Coast Guard (providing in-kind services of $12,000).
  • The buoy is owned by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), based at Dalhousie University. The annual operating and maintenance costs will be equally funded by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Canaport LNG, Irving Oil and the Saint John Port Authority. The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) will operate the buoy, with technical support provided by Amec Foster Wheeler and the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • In 2014, Port Saint John handled 834 vessels and 23.94 million tonnes of cargo and, over the past five years, has welcomed over one million cruise ship passengers.
  • Saint John marine pilots, employed by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, carry out about 1,800 transfers annually.
  • This buoy technology will increase the security, safety and efficiency of the shipping industry, as well as increase marine traffic and trade through Port Saint John, an important Atlantic Gateway port.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in this smart technology that will improve safety, reduce costs, and increase the efficiency of Port Saint John, while supporting Canada’s future economic growth. By providing the shipping community and other users with highly valuable real-time information to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents in the Bay of Fundy, this weather buoy will enhance navigation safety and productivity.”
Rodney Weston
Member of Parliament for Saint John

“The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy project is a great example of how innovation and technology can help drive economic growth in our province. The Government of New Brunswick is proud to be a contributing partner in this project which will further solidify Port Saint John’s reputation as a gateway to global markets.”
The Honourable Roger Melanson
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, New Brunswick

“Risk management is practised daily in all segments of the marine industry, and the Saint John SmartATLANTIC Buoy has significantly enhanced the risk management model within the Port. Whether you are a commercial fisherman, or the Master of a cruise ship, bulk carrier, container ship, or tanker, we now have modern tools to assist with critical decisions that directly impact safety and operational efficiency.”
Captain Chris Hall
Vice President Operations & Harbour Master, Port Saint John

“Ensuring the safety of our pilots and pilot boat crews during pilot transfer operations is a high priority at the APA. The data provided by the SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy will assist us in meeting this safety objective.”
Captain Anthony McGuinness
CEO, Atlantic Pilotage Authority

“For more than 50 years, Irving Oil has relied on marine transportation to serve the energy needs of our customers. Marine safety is paramount to our business and the SmartATLANTIC buoy project is a meaningful enhancement to the world-class marine tanker safety system that exists in the Bay of Fundy.”
Mark Sherman
Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Irving Oil

“The real time data, which this SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy will provide of sea conditions, will improve the current sea state forecast accuracy, making for greater efficiency in the berthing manoeuvers of the LNG ships calling at our Terminal.””
Fraser Forsythe
Security & Environmental Manager, Canaport LNG

“For the first time in the Bay of Fundy, real-time high-resolution weather and wave forecasting is available online to mariners, fishers, recreational boaters, and others. The SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project is a perfect fit for IORE – this collaboration between industry and researchers will enhance not only the safety and efficiency of port operations, but also Canada’s oceanographic and meteorological research capabilities.”
Jim Hanlon
CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises (IORE)

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Contacts

Zach Segal
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

Véronique Taylor
Director of Communications
Finance & Transportation and Infrastructure
Province of New Brunswick
506-453-4138

Captain Andrew Rae
Vice President, Atlantic
Canadian Marine Pilots Association
902-497-9253

Paula Copeland, PPM®
Manager of Corporate Communications & Governance, Port Saint John
506-636-4674
Cell: 506-650-5288

Samantha Robinson
Public Affairs, Irving Oil
506-650-4947

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New weather and wave forecasting technology will help keep mariners safe

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and partners launch the SmartATLANTIC buoy project in Saint John

 

August 15, 2014            Saint John, New Brunswick                    Transport Canada

 

Today, Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the Honourable Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, on behalf of the Honourable Claude Williams, New Brunswick Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with other project partners,announced funding for the SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project to help improve the efficiency, safety and environmental stewardship of marine transportation in the Bay of Fundy.

 

In line with measures already taken to strengthen Canada’s tanker safety system, this project will help to further modernize Canada’s marine navigation system by providing accurate and real-time meteorological/hydrological data that will be used to produce high-resolution forecasts of weather and sea conditions, and for scientific research. The SmartATLANTIC buoy will also help minimize the potential for incidents, reduce the risk of an oil spill, and help support the region’s ship-based trade in energy products such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum products.

 

The marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters and researchers will be able to access this highly valuable, real-time information to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents. It will not only help improve safe navigation and environmental protection, but it will also maximize the efficiency of commercial traffic using Port Saint John, and lower costs for the marine industry in the area.

 

 

Quick Facts

 

  • Transport Canada will contribute up to $185,000 under the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The total project cost is approximately $417,000.
  • The other project partners include: the Province of New Brunswick (contributing $91,000), the Saint John Port Authority (contributing $91,000), AMEC Environment & Infrastructure (providing in-kind services of $30,000), Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association (providing in-kind services of $8,000), and the Canada Coast Guard (providing in-kind services of $12,000).
  • The Buoy will be owned by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE).
  • The annual operating and maintenance costs of the project will be equally covered by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Canaport LNG, Irving Oil, and the Saint John Port Authority. Technical support will be provided by AMEC Environment & Infrastructure and the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
  • The Saint John Harbour and the Bay of Fundy area is one of the top four tanker traffic zones in the country.

In 2013, Port Saint John handled 27.6 million tonnes of cargo; and over the past five years, Saint John has welcomed almost one million cruise ship passengers.

 

 

Quotes

 

“By allowing better access to weather forecasts, this buoy technology willincrease the safety and the efficiency of our shipping industry, as well as increase marine traffic and trade through the Saint John Gateway, an important Atlantic Gateway port.”

Rodney Weston
Member of Parliament for Saint John

 

“Advancements which promote and improve activities at the port are an important step forward for our province. We are being proactive with this initiative as traffic at the port is expected to increase significantly as new opportunities open up such as the proposed Energy East Pipeline.”
The Honourable Trevor Holder
Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

 

“On behalf of our Board of Directors we are pleased to contribute to this technological advancement. It is significant that our partners in industry and government are together enhancing marine operations at Port Saint John. Tools such as the SmartATLANTIC Weather Buoy not only reduce risk in marine operations but also strengthen our collective commitment to safe and efficient practices.”

Jim Quinn

President and CEO, Port Saint John

 

“Safety is the marine pilots’ number 1 priority – SmartATLANTIC is a huge step in the right direction. We sincerely thank The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, the Province of New Brunswick and the Saint John Port Authority for funding the purchase of the buoy.”

Captain Andrew Rae

Vice President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association,

 and lead proponent for SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy Proposal

 

“The SmartATLANTIC Saint John Buoy is a natural fit for I.O.R.E. As a facilitator of collaboration between industry, government agencies, and academic researchers, we’re excited to bring the benefits of scientific research to the real world challenges faced by New Brunswick’s marine community.”

Jim Hanlon

CEO, Institute for Ocean Research Enterprises (IORE)

 

 

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Contacts

Jana Régimbal

Press Secretary

Minister of Transport

Tel: 613-991-0700

 

Media Relations

Transport Canada, Ottawa

613-993-0055

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On July 26, 2013, Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) had the pleasure of hosting the Honourable Peter MacKay, then Canadian Minister of Defence, and the Honourable Graham Steele, Nova Scotia Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism at the new Dalhousie Ocean Sciences Building, for the announcement of federal and provincial funding of HMRI’s first smart buoy project. HMRI will acquire, deploy and operate a 3 metre inshore weather buoy near Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association, Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Halifax Port Authority, Canadian Coast Guard, and the Marine Environment Observation Prediction and Response network (MEOPAR).

Following deployment in Autumn 2013, the buoy’s sensors will generate real time measurements used to create high-resolution weather and wave forecasts for the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Data collected by the buoy’s sensors will assist the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority in improving safety and scheduling in the Port of Halifax. This data will also generate educational and scientific opportunities for ocean science and technology students and researchers in Nova Scotia and beyond.

The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy project is the result of a 10-year effort by the Canadian Marine Pilot’s Association, and HMRI’s ability to facilitate multi-party collaboration in Atlantic Canada’s ocean technology sector. The project is made possible by funding of up to $171,000 from Transport Canada, and funding of $150,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, as well as in-kind and cash contributions totaling $45,000 provided by AMEC Earth & Environmental, the Canadian Coast Guard, and MEOPAR. Operational funding of approximately $1.2 Million will be provided by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and Halifax Port Authority during the initial 10 years of deployment.

For additional information on this exciting HMRI project, please contact Jim Hanlon, HMRI’s chief executive officer.