Nova Scotia shipbuilder investing $4.5M in Halifax marine innovation centre

March 16, 2017
by Canadian Staff

HALIFAX—A shipbuilding firm responsible for building vessels of Canada’s naval fleet has made a contribution to future marine technology, right across the harbour from its Halifax shipyard.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is investing $4.52 million in the newly established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), an ocean innovation centre to be located on the waterfront in Dartmouth, N.S.

The investment represents the largest private sector contribution COVE has received to date.

At COVE, ocean science researchers, start-ups, R&D-intensive companies, industry and Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions will work together on marine innovation projects.

COVE, operated by the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, is in the early stages of transforming a former Canadian Coast Guard base on the Halifax Harbour into extensive marine facilities with two deep-water piers, office space, a start-up incubator, and space for shops and labs.

The federal and provincial governments are also contributing to COVE. In September 2016, the Government of Canada committed $7.17 million, and the Province of Nova Scotia committed $12.55 million.

Irving Shipbuilding’s funding is part of its value proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy—Canada’s 30-year plan to renew the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard.

In 2011, Irving Shipbuilding was selected by the federal government to construct Arctic patrol ships for the Navy and committed to investing 0.5 per cent of its contract revenues in creating a sustainable marine industry across Canada.

“Irving Shipbuilding is proud to support COVE and contribute to Canada’s vibrant ocean economy,” said Kevin McCoy, president of Irving Shipbuilding.

He continued, “On one side of Halifax harbour we have the most modern shipyard in North America, where our 1,500 shipbuilders are proudly building Canada’s future fleet. Almost directly across the harbour we will soon welcome COVE, the world’s most innovative ocean technology incubator. This is a shining example of the National Shipbuilding Strategy creating a sustainable and vibrant marine industry in Canada.”