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Launching of Ocean Edge maritime innovation platform


DubaiOcean Edge, a trailblazing maritime global open innovation platform, announced its launch at the COP28 in Dubai. Founding partners Novarium of Rimouski, Quebec and Climate Edge join forces to bring the best climate technologies to a network of port authorities around the world. 

This result-driven platform is dedicated to revolutionizing the port and maritime sector through collaborative innovation, rigorous global scouting, and full-scale industrial integration. Supporting the International Maritime Organization’s ambitious target to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2008 levels, Ocean Edge is committed to leading the charge in decarbonization efforts within the industry.

By capitalizing on the growing blue economy, set to expand to a $3 trillion market by 2030, Ocean Edge positions itself at the vanguard of maritime trade and logistics innovation. The initiative is rooted in three critical areas of innovation: Decarbonization, Digitization, and Regeneration. With a strategic and result-driven methodology, Ocean Edge is structured to deliver from the initial outreach to startups right through to the execution of projects.

The journey to Ocean Edge’s inception has been marked by active stakeholder engagement since August 2023 and up to its inauguration at COP28. The forthcoming year heralds pivotal events, including a foundational meeting and the official start of the program, signifying a transformative era in maritime innovation.

Ocean Edge boasts a comprehensive network, fostering a startup pipeline that reaches across global, regional, and local levels, strategically positioned to address the current gaps in the global ocean tech landscape. Demonstrating its capabilities, Ocean Edge, through Novarium, has orchestrated a global innovation challenge, pinpointing finalists who aim to deliver real-time water quality monitoring solutions for Canadian ports.

As a collaborative venture between Quebec’s Blue Economy Campus Novarium and Climate Edge, a global climate innovation firm, Ocean Edge is steered by an expert leadership team including co-founders Amelie Desrochers and Hendrik Tiesinga, alongside maritime expert Daniel Olivier. Their combined expertise and vision imbue the platform with a global perspective and an ambitious drive for sustainable change.

Ocean Edge stands out for its ability to convene executive innovation summits, leverages a substantial global startup pipeline, and offers unparalleled insights into the realm of climate innovation. As the narrative of the blue economy evolves, Ocean Edge is adeptly poised to articulate and shape this story with inclusivity and conviction.

Ocean Edge extends an invitation to ports, maritime corporations, and startups to partake in this pioneering initiative that envisions a future of shared progress, fostering a resilient and sustainable blue economy for all.

“We are delighted to launch this initiative with Climate Edge. Our combined expertise and proven track-record of success will support the port sector in their most ambitious climate goals,” said Amélie Desrochers, Executive Director, Novarium, and Co-Founder of Ocean Edge.

“Ocean Edge provides a platform collaboration to ignite innovation, catalyzing the energy of startups to achieve the IMO’s decarbonization targets. Our members, leading ports worldwide, are not just joining forces; they are fostering a new maritime startup ecosystem that will propel us toward a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050,” stated Hendrik Tiesinga, CEO Climate Edge, Co-Founder of Ocean Edge.

Photo shows, left to right, Daniel Olivier, Senior Advisor at Novarium; Amélie Desrochers, Executive Director at Novarium, and Co-Founder of Ocean Edge; and Hendrik Tiesinga, CEO of Climate Edge, Senior Advisor at Novarium, and Co-Founder of Ocean Edge.