06

October

Forum for fremtidas oljevern

On 14 and 15 September this year, the forum on future oil spill preparedness was held at the Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment in Svolvær. This is an annual conference aimed at strengthening Norwegian oil spill preparedness and response by creating an arena for collaboration and common understanding of the needs and challenges in the efforts to combat acute pollution. Its objective is to help ensure relevant research and development for operational preparedness. It is intended as an arena to identify and create common understanding of

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05

October

NOSCA strengthens its knowledge chain

The number of NOSCA members from research and educational institutions has in the past year increased from two to six – a significant change.

This is a very positive development, says Eirik Langeland, General Manager of NOSCA Clean Oceans.

We have to be confident that our initiatives do more good than harm, and this involves complex assessments. Hence, we need the research community on board – those who really understand ecology, from A to Z.

Diverse expertise

NOSCA now counts among its members Sintef Ocean, NORCE, NIVA, University of Bergen, Western Norway University of

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05

October

NOSCA “sharpens” its efforts

In connection with NOSCA’s strategy review, work in some key areas is being intensified.

– The working groups have been renamed “steering groups” to highlight the most important fields in which we work, says Eirik Langeland, General Manager in NOSCA Clean Oceans.

Three steering groups are currently active: 1) oil-spill response and environmental preparedness, 2) marine pollution, and 3) biological threats to the marine environment. In addition, focus groups dealing with more specific topics will be formed as and when required.

– This structure involves frequent meetings, and creates great engagement among our

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23

August

DNV joins as NOSCA member

– Looks forward to a successful collaboration
NOSCA’s membership base has recently had new, strong addition in form of DNV (Det Norske Veritas)

This is a leading global quality assurance and risk management company with presence in over 100 countries.

Higher ambitions

– We were part of NOSCA when it was a special-interest organisation, but left as we felt that it lost some of its drive. Today we see a renewed and more ambitious version of NOSCA that incorporates a broader range of companies and institutions, says Hans Petter Dahlslett, who is Senior

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01

July

Environmental knowledge shared with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

When the Norwegian Public Roads Administration assesses the environmental impact linked to marine disposal of spoil materials, the government agency draws on the expertise and technology offered by NOSCA Clean Oceans.

E39/Vossabanen is set to generate 10-11 million cubic meters of displaced spoil that will have to be disposed of. The main contractors – the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and BaneNOR – are looking at a range of options, such as transport of the excavated material away from the area and disposal in the stretch of fjord alongside the development.

– Through

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28

June

Innovation cluster and tech giant: Leads the way in addressing ocean plastic

Every year, another 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans, most of this comes from our own consumption. HP is now entering into a collaboration with the Norwegian innovation cluster NOSCA Clean Oceans, together they agree to do their best to contribute to the UN’s sustainability goals and in the long run, plastic – free oceans.

A report from HP estimates that there are a total of over 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean right now, and each year it increases by about 8 million

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28

June

Bullseye for cluster collaboration

Cooperation between the innovation clusters NOSCA Clean Oceans and Ocean Autonomy Cluster can help solve a gigantic pollution problem.

– By working with other clusters, we can connect different expertise and technology to collaborate to create comprehensive solutions for detection, collection and disposal of marine pollution or organic threats. This gives us increased technology-development opportunities and strengthened implementation ability compared to what individual companies can do individually.

 

Right now, a kelp project in the Atlantic Ocean is very relevant, as the boom is increasing in frequency and scope, and threatens existing

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25

May

Strategic planning for the future

The members of NOSCA Clean Oceans have great ambitions, and have expanded their oil spill response competencies to include ocean plastic and other marine pollution, harmful algae and marine threats. This unlocks new, exciting opportunities through which to transfer their technology and expertise to important areas of the environmental sector and Norwegian business and industry.

– We have operated as an Arena cluster for one year, and have from the start had a more mature member base compared with a cluster built from scratch. We have already collaborated for almost 30

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12

May

A sea of opportunities

Countries in Asia are beginning to recognise and take on board the gravity of plastic pollution in our oceans. This may create new opportunities for Norwegian enterprises and technology.

This was the message at a webinar held by NOSCA Clean Oceans on 26 April. An audience of some 40 members followed the online event from Norway, and on the other side of the world were five representatives from Innovation Norway ready to brief on the situation in South East Asia.

– Marine plastic is an “ownerless” problem where crucial information is not

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29

April

Launches new website

Welcome to NOSCA Clean Ocean’s new ‘face’ to the public.

– The cluster’s own website has received a real renovation, says Eirik Langeland, leader of NOSCA Clean Oceans.

NOSCA Clean Ocean’s new website will be a source of inspiration and information for both members and interested parties.

– As NOSCA has matured and developed as a cluster, we also thought it was time for the websites to reflect our focus and our efforts. This is important, not least because the website is the first encounter with NOSCA Clean Oceans for many. We are

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