Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announces $3.6M in new activity to build on BlueVita Technology Project
Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced the $3.6 million Commercialization and Supply Chain Integration of BlueVita Technology Project. This announcement represents expanded project activity for the phase one OSC project, BlueVita Technology, as part of the OSC’s Capacity and Supply Chain Expansion (CASCE) Program to help members scale up and expand as they continue to gain momentum and develop stronger relationships in the supply chain and ecosystem. The project team is moving Ship Nature’s Way’s BlueVita Technology forward as a best-in-class solution for mobile storage and multi-modal transport of live seafood products.
The Commercialization and Supply Chain Integration of BlueVita Technology Project will support the commercialization and early adoption of the Ship Nature’s Way’s BlueVita Technology with domestic and international customers for shipping of live seafood. The new project also supports supply chain expansion by supporting the integration of BlueVita Technology with the technology of an existing mobile storage company, achieving mutual beneficial technology advancements and market penetration. Project activity for the Commercialization and Supply Chain Integration of BlueVita Technology Project are based on the results of science-based trials of the BlueVita Technology at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre. These trials included a series of improvements and enhancements of the technology, demonstrating the ability to maintain high standards of water quality, survivability, and product quality.
Led by Ship Nature’s Way out of Saint Andrews, NB, the total value of Commercialization and Supply Chain Integration of BlueVita Technology Project is $3.6 million. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is providing $1.8 million, with the remainder of funding coming from the project team.
Calls for proposals under the OSC’s 2021 CASCE Program were launched under the cluster’s first round of funding. The project announced today is in addition to the 16 projects announced in April that build on the success of active OSC projects with expanded scope and will help industry access and acquire the capability Canadian companies need now to become and stay globally competitive. The CASCE Program is helping to strengthen and grow supply chains and increase the capacity of Canadian ocean-focused companies, de-risking the acquisition of critical assets that are needed to accelerate commercialization and enable existing projects to meet the growing demand for their products and services.
“Our government is proud to support initiatives that help companies in Canada’s ocean sector increase their capacity and expand their business. The additional funding announced today, through the Ocean Cluster Capacity and Supply Chain Expansion Program, will help Ship Nature’s Way bring its revolutionary technology to market both nationally and internationally, while strengthening our ocean economy.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“The Ocean Cluster is a major contributor to the country’s dynamic and innovative ocean sector. Renewed support from the cluster will help Ship Nature’s Way build on the success of its BlueVita Technology Project and get its live seafood transport technology to new markets.” – Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and Member of Parliament for Halifax
“Canada’s seafood sector is an important part of the ocean economy, with significant export opportunity. The scaling and growth of BlueVita technology will help drive the next generation of seafood transportation making it more efficient, delivering improved quality, and the highest standards through innovation.” – Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
“Canada’s Ocean Supercluster has been a key partner in the development of our BlueVita Technology as a best-in-class solution for mobile storage and transport of live seafood products. With their support we have been able to advance the technology for use in commercial-level trials, and look forward to continued success in the coming year.” – Dr. Michael Beattie, Executive Scientific Director, Ship Nature’s Way Inc.
About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is a pan-Canadian, industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling some of the biggest challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. The OSC has approved 86 projects with a total value of more than $400 million which will deliver more than 130 new made-in-Canada ocean products, processes, and services to sell to the world. For more information visit oceansupercluster.ca
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Dr. Michael Beattie
Ship Nature’s Way Inc.