HALIFAX, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister for
National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of
the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans,
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Regional Minister for New
Brunswick, along with the Honourable Graham Steele, Nova Scotia
Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, today announced
joint funding for the deployment of an inshore weather buoy at Herring
Cove. The data transmitted from the buoy will be used to generate real
time, high resolution weather and wave forecasting for the Halifax Port
Authority that will help keep mariners safe. Data will also be used for
education and scientific research.
"Helping shippers with precise weather and wave conditions will help
keep mariners safe while increasing productivity, reducing costs, and
moving goods through Atlantic ports more effectively," said Minister
Ashfield. "Our government remains committed to our ongoing work with
provincial and private-sector partners to implement the Atlantic
Gateway and Trade Corridor Strategy, which will help position Atlantic
Canada as a key entry point into North America."
"As a Nova Scotian, I know how important it is to have timely
information about the weather on the ocean," said Minister MacKay.
"This investment will help keep our mariners safe and keep our shipping
industry running productively."
"The ocean plays an important role in the lives of Nova Scotians, and in
the growth of our economy," said Minister Steele. "This smart buoy will
have significant benefits for many of our province's ocean-related
industries, ranging from commercial shipping to tourism."
"The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy project is a natural fit for
Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI)," said Jim Hanlon, CEO of
HMRI. "As a facilitator of collaboration between industry, government
agencies, and academic researchers, we are excited to see scientific
research being applied to real world challenges faced by marine
industries and are looking forward to the educational and research
opportunities that this project will create."
"The Canadian Marine Pilots' Association (CMPA) is very pleased to see
the realization of the SmartATLANTIC Inshore Weather Buoy Network, of
which the Herring Cove Buoy is the first to receive funding", said
Captain Andrew Rae, Vice President Atlantic, CMPA. "We sincerely
appreciate the strong support this project has received from Minister
Ashfield and the Canadian Coast Guard, Minister Lebel and Transport
Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and
Tourism, the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, the Halifax Port Authority,
Halifax Marine Research Institute and the Marine Environmental,
Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR)."
The total cost of this project is estimated at $366,000, with the
federal government contributing up to $171,000 under the Strategic
Highway Infrastructure Program and the Province of Nova Scotia
providing an investment of $150,000. The Atlantic Pilotage Authority
and the Halifax Port Authority have committed to fund annual operating
and maintenance costs (estimated at a total of $120,000 per year) for a
period of 10 years.
The SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy project is the result of a 10-year
effort by the Canadian Marine Pilots' Association. This project is also
made possible by the following in-kind funding partners: Halifax Marine
Research Institute, MEOPAR and the Canadian Coast Guard.
The three-metre Ocean Data Acquisition System buoy will be manufactured
in Canada by AXYS Technologies and deployed by the Canadian Coast Guard
this coming fall.
Under the ITS Strategic Plan for Canada, En Route to Intelligent Mobility, the Government of Canada committed to advancing the development and
deployment of innovative technologies across Canada. To date, about
200 technology projects have received funding under this plan,
totalling over $30 million.
Technology and innovation is also a key component of the joint
federal-provincial Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor Strategy. More
information on Canada's Atlantic Gateway can be found at www.atlanticgateway.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Keith Ashfield
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, Ottawa
Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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