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Marine Operations in High-flow Tidal Sites: Deployment, installation, and recovery, August 12, 2015, Halifax, NS

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.


Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Time: 9am – 2pm (Lunch will be served)
Location: Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3N9

What will be covered?

  • The strategy and vision for marine renewable energy development
  • Industry progress to date
  • Experience to date with marine operations in the Bay of Fundy
  • Insight on marine operations challenges in the Bay of Fundy; identification of future needs and potential solutions
  • Supply chain expertise and capabilities

Who should attend?

  • Businesses and researchers with expertise in marine operations (ex. naval architects, vessels expertise, ROVs, mooring & anchoring expertise, etc.)
  • Tidal energy project and device developers
  • Businesses and researchers with expertise in other related sectors (ex. ocean technology, offshore oil and gas, traditional hydro, etc.)


Please RSVP to Amanda White by August 7, 2015 at Space is limited, so we request that only one person attend per organization/business. If others from your organization would like to attend, please contact us and we will work to accommodate requests as we determine final numbers.

Workshop Focus: Marine operations challenges

Reducing the costs of deployment and recovery operations will be critical to advancement of the marine renewable energy industry as mobilizing assets in high flow tidal environments currently makes up a large percentage of the total project costs. For example, station keeping is one of the major challenges for deployment of tidal generators and enabling technologies because areas of the Bay of Fundy with high flow speeds of up to 5 m/s offer only about 20-30 of somewhat slack tide.
While there are existing technologies for energetic marine environments such as dynamic positioning vessels, the costs of using one in the Bay of Fundy when the industry is in the early stages of development is prohibitive and likely to defeat the goal of cost reduction.

New technologies and solutions need to be developed to service various marine operations requirements of tidal energy projects. As key supporting technologies, industry specific moorings and anchors could be developed to reduce the cost of deployment. Innovative installation techniques for deeper water and larger scale installations are also needed – specifically around the design of appropriate vessels or configurations for installation and support, effective drilling techniques, and common-use systems such as platforms and barges. There also may be less costly solutions for collecting data, monitoring operations, and maintaining devices by using ROVs.

Developing new solutions for operating in tidal environments will be critical to cost reduction, operational safety, and the overall advancement of the sector. This will become even more critical as developers move from the deployment of a single device to multiple devices in arrays.

About Marine Renewables Canada

Marine Renewables Canada is the country’s wave, tidal, and river current energy association representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the organization has worked to identify and foster collaborative opportunities, provide information and education, and represent the best interests of the sector to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive. For more information about the association please visit:


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