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AUV Arctic Operations

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Þ ber optics for ROVs. Specialization in harsh environment technology is partic- ularly important in the ROV value chain because of the increased demand by governments, natural resource compa- nies, and scientists for Arctic mapping, mining, and exploration. In addition to producing ROV elec- tronic components, Nova ScotiaÕs Þ rms design and manufacture shipboard systems used for ROVs. For example, Hawboldt Industries manufactures large winches used to house the ROV tether. Their product and service offerings to the industry have expanded from winch manufacturing to loading the tether ca- ble on the winch spool, which requires specialized knowledge and equipment to do properly. Furthermore, Hawboldt designs and builds sophisticated launch- ing and recovery systems (LARS). Firms in Nova Scotia also provide post-production services. Kongsberg Maritime, a leading manufacturer of ROVs, has its Canadian sales and ser- vice facility in Halifax. The company is a global lead Þ rm in unmanned under- water vehicles, and ocean technologies more generally. ROV operators provid- ing services to a number of end-markets also are represented well in Nova Sco- tia. Dominion Diving is a leading pro- vider of diving and mapping services using ROVs for a range of national and international customers. Overall, our research identiÞ ed more than twenty companies in Nova Scotia providing products and services to the ROV global value chain. These compa- nies, both large and small, add to Nova ScotiaÕs strengths in the ocean technol- ogy sector, which include excellent uni- versities, transportation infrastructure, geographic location, quality of life, and skilled workforce. Full report available at http://www.cggc. Scotia%20OTReport.pdf About the AuthorLukas Brun is a senior research ana- lyst at the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Com- petitiveness (CGGC), and author of the ROV chapter in the Nova Scotia Ocean Technology report from which excerpts were taken for this article. He has more than 10 years of expe- rience in economic analysis and eco-nomic development-related contract research. Brun can be contacted at []. Marine Technology Reporter MTR #5 (18-33).indd 21MTR #5 (18-33).indd 215/31/2012 9:53:10 AM5/31/2012 9:53:10 AM

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