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Programs and Services

Featuring extensive marine facilities, The Launch provides a safe, reliable, near-Arctic environment to test new technology, train in the harshest conditions, and explore the next advancements in ocean research - in, on and under the water. 

Centre for Applied Ocean Technology

The research and development arm of MI’s School of Ocean Technology, CTec supports projects that promote the adoption of technology in the ocean sector and provides users with technical expertise and extensive experience working in collaboration with other leading organizations and researchers in ocean technology and observation.

Offshore Safety and Survival Centre

The Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC) offers a comprehensive range of safety and emergency response training courses to the offshore petroleum, marine transportation, fishing and land-based industries.


Courses delivered at the centre are accredited or approved by national and international regulatory or other external approving agencies and the quality of training delivery is assured by a staff of more than 40 highly qualified and experienced instructors.


The Launch is home to SmartAtlantic, the largest applied ocean observation system in Canada, and data provider to the Canadian Integrated Ocean Observation System (CIOOS).


SmartAtlantic’s open access platform provides vital ocean observing information in key areas of ocean research including fisheries and ocean management, climate change and ocean safety.

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Holyrood Subsea Observatory

The Holyrood Subsea Observatory delivers real-time monitoring of the ocean and marine life in Conception Bay, NL.


A partnership between the Marine Institute and Ocean Networks Canada the observatory provides a development, testing, and demonstration facility for subsea instrumentation intended for harsh environment operations and is expandable for a variety of research and monitoring needs.

SmartBay Holyrood

SmartBay Holyrood is a multi-purpose, cold ocean technology development, testing, validation and demonstration facility to support applied research and commercialization of new ocean and subsea technologies.

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