COVE, GCE Ocean Technology, Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre, and Subsea Monitoring Network sign MOU for global collaboration in ocean technology

COVE, GCE Ocean Technology, Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre, and Subsea Monitoring Network sign MOU for global collaboration in ocean technology

COVE expands its global ocean sector expertise with European ocean technology leaders

August 25, 2021 (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) – The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), GCE Ocean Technology (GCE OT) Subsea Monitoring Network (SMN) and Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen capabilities in commercializing new technologies and create opportunities for collaboration focused on innovation and growth.

The partnership brings together leading ocean technology organizations in Canada, Norway, and Germany to deepen global sector expertise through the sharing of ideas for new technology creation and adoption, while working alongside industry and members from each of the global organizations.  

“COVE, GCE Ocean Technology, Subsea Monitoring Network and Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre are at the centre of global ocean technology advances in their regions. This collaboration will create new opportunities for ocean technology companies and accelerate the growth of the global ocean economy,” said Melanie Nadeau, CEO of COVE. “COVE will now be able to access worldwide supply chains, research and development, complementary infrastructure and technological advancements to propel Nova Scotia and Canada’s ocean technology sector on a global stage.”

Working in collaboration to share a wealth of knowledge and expertise and access to infrastructure, COVE, GCE OT, SMN and the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre will increase connections among members, identify supply chain partners, and facilitate commercial opportunities. The organizations will work together to develop new ocean technologies and ensure the sustainable use of ocean resources.

“The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s Sustainable Subsea Solutions high performance center is pleased to bring together the organizations to strengthen international exchange to advance technologies that are focused on the sustainable use of the ocean,” said Dr. Steffen Knodt, Head of Sustainable Subsea Solutions at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Based in Rostock, Germany, Subsea Monitoring Network has an international reputation for excellence in the ocean technology sector and is a leading location for underwater technological research.

“GCE Ocean Technology see great potential and opportunities through a stronger cooperation between our organizations by sharing competence and knowledge, market access and global networking, all within the framework and common goal of sustainable use of the oceans”, said Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Ocean Technology.

GCE OT is one of Norway’s leading innovation clusters and is renowned as a driving force behind the regional ecosystem for innovation, growth, and international business development.

“The collaboration with the Subsea Monitoring Network and COVE will increase the availability of infrastructure which the companies need to scale their technologies and move into an international market”, said the CEO of Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult, Gisle Nondal.

Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre assists companies in the Ocean Industries to develop prototypes, offer expertise, network and equipment for testing, visualization, and simulation to turn innovative ideas into new products and services.

COVE is an internationally awarded collaborative facility for ocean innovation with 60 companies, including Start-Ups, SMEs, multinationals, and research institutes. Companies have direct access to the ocean with over 780 meters of wharfage, onshore and offshore infrastructure, and programs and services that reach 20,000 people worldwide. COVE features Stella Maris, a subsea platform that provides a low-cost way to test, validate and demonstrate ocean tech advancements.  

The MOU was announced at the Digital Ocean Convention in Rostock, Germany.


About COVE

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) is an ocean tech innovation hub and business park located in Dartmouth, Canada. COVE brings together people, ideas, industry, and research to enable our community and members to work in new ways. As part of its programming, COVE fosters the development of an engaged workforce for ocean industries to meet today’s and future needs and takes advantage of both on and offshore shared infrastructure to enable new ocean products and services. COVE is a catalyst in creating the world’s next practical, commercial, and revolutionary ocean tech advances. COVE’s founding partner is Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) under the National Shipbuilding Strategy Value Proposition. To learn more about COVE, visit

About GCE Ocean Technology

Based in Norway, GCE Ocean Technology is an industry-driven initiative within ocean technology with more than 120 partners and members from industry, academia, R&D, government, and tech transfer offices.  

About Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre

The Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre is is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, where it is closely integrated with the leading innovation environment at Marineholmen. The facilities are located along the west coast – both in Bergen and in the region at large. They all aim to give smaller and medium-sized companies faster, more affordable and better ability to develop ideas from concept stage to market introduction. Small and medium-sized businesses, but also large companies, R&D environments and educational institutions can benefit greatly from the catapults.

About SubSea Monitoring Network

Subsea Monitoring Network is the leading corporate network for innovation in underwater technologies in Germany. The association sees itself as a platform for the entire value-added chain of the industry and campaigns for their strengthening through active lobbying, networking, bundling of information, and know-how. The Ocean Technology Campus (OTC) Rostock includes onshore and offshore infrastructure, an operations center, and an artificial reef. The OTC also consists of the Fraunhofer’s Digital Ocean Lab, an offshore infrastructure linked to the artificial reef off the coast of Nienhagen, which makes it possible to develop and test underwater technology in natural ocean conditions. 



Leslie Munro

Communications Manager

Cell: (902) 266-2685


Owe Hagesæther


GCE Ocean Technology

Phone: +47 908 75 888

Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre

Dr. Gisle Nondal


Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult AS

Phone: +47 957 71 846


Uta Hermes

Netzwerkmanagerin SMN Subsea Monitoring Network e.V

Cell:  +49 381 202689 10,    

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