Halifax Port Authority collaborating with Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship

June 6, 2018, Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Halifax Port Authority is collaborating with the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship. Starting in July, the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) will staff a desk located at the COVE facility, putting HPA in direct contact with other ocean venture organizations and projects.

The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean industry, located in a former Coast Guard facility on Halifax Harbour. This hub of activity is home to local and global ocean technology businesses, post-secondary institutions, researchers, and marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean sector. The COVE site features extensive marine facilities with two large, deep-water piers, office space, an incubator and space for shops and labs.

“Ports around the globe are rapidly moving toward significant innovation within their industry, from robotics to automatic tracking through block chain systems,” said Jim Hanlon, CEO of the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) which will manage COVE and its programming.  “The Halifax Port Authority is already deeply involved in this transition and we consider them to be one of our many innovation leaders in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada – a perfect tenant for COVE.”

“Our goal is to transform the Halifax Port Authority into a digital organization that can handle the most recent industry changes with flexibility, agility and resilience,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “By having our people working more closely with others in the ocean venture sector, we will be able to collaborate more efficiently, discuss ideas and share best practices.”

About COVE:

Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. Located in Halifax Harbour, in Nova Scotia, Canada, its mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high-quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Its primary goal is to support ocean technology commercialization and business growth.  www.coveocean.com

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries and generating over $1.7 billion in annual economic benefit from a diverse cargo and cruise business. Offering a natural, deep harbour and world-class infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo and project cargo of any size. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.
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Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Halifax Port Authority
Ph. (902) 426-7375
lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca