Ocean scientists expand research with portable labs

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Tucked away on the deck of the offshore supply ship, Atlantic Condor,  is a portable chemistry lab developed by a group of scientists from Dalhousie University through the Modular Ocean Research Infrastructure program largely funded by Irving Shipbuilding and MEOPAR. With limited availability and access to research vessels, portable labs can transform any vessel into a research vessel. Canada’s primary East Coast offshore oceanographic science vessel, CCGS Hudson, is 58-years-old vessel and spent three of the last five years in refit. A generator failure earlier this year forced it to curtail one mission, cancel another and raised concerns from onboard scientists about the ship’s condition. Completion of the first of five mission was marked Thursday by an event at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth.

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