UMass-Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Team Up on Marine Technology

COURTESY OF UMASS-DARTMOUTH

COURTESY OF UMASS-DARTMOUTH

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Canada’s province of Nova Scotia are teaming up to develop new marine technology.

UMass-Dartmouth and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen O’Neil signed a memorandum of understanding.

Wednesday’s agreement creates a partnership between UMass-Dartmouth’s new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Canada’s fledgling Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, which is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Standard-Times of New Bedford reports that both organizations will provide space for marine technology incubators. They’ll also research and develop new commercially viable marine technologies, and engage in student exchange programs.

UMass-Dartmouth assistant vice chancellor Toby Stapleton calls it “a significant step in solidifying a long-standing relationship.”

Wednesday’s signing occurred at the fifth annual Maritime Innovations Conference in Fall River.