“The new status represents a major recognition of the cluster’s potential for development, now that we are ready to take oil spill prevention and response competencies and technology one step further. We faced tough national competition for the new status, and are extremely proud to now be an Arena cluster,” confirms the new Cluster Manager for Clean Oceans, Eirik Langeland.
The award ceremony took place on Friday morning in Oslo’s Gamle Museet (Old Museum), when Monica Mæland, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, announced the new cluster projects from Innovation Norway.
The combination of Norwegian oil spill prevention and response technology and offshore specialised competencies shall be applied to help solve the vast challenges faced worldwide with plastic and other marine waste in our oceans and waterways. The ambition is to create a world-leading arena for technology developments and innovation solutions in this area.
“The members of NOSCA have for years been developing successful systems for oil spill prevention and response, and have marketed and sold these to the global market. This process has, however, involved a lot of trial and error and new lessons learned. The results of their efforts can now be translated into commercial systems for collecting marine waste,” explains Christian Testman, Managing Director of Ocean Visuals and Chairman of the Board of NOSCA, project owner of the Clean Oceans cluster.
The cluster members have all the prerequisites to become world leaders in dealing with plastic, microplastics and the negative impact of algae, in addition to oil spills. As the cluster members represent an entire spectrum of expertise, from research, detection and collection to disposal, the Arena project – “Clean Oceans” – shall be the leading centre of expertise for handling marine waste.
“In Norway, we are already the world leaders for oil spill prevention and response. The position as the world leader for systems to collect marine waste and plastic in the oceans has not yet been taken. We’re going to take it,” says Christian Testman.
With their new Arena status, the Clean Oceans cluster is now part of the Norwegian Innovation Clusters programme, led by Innovation Norway, Siva and the Research Council of Norway. The programme announces new clusters every year.
“We chose the name Clean Oceans because our challenge is now much more than just oil pollution. The problem of plastic in particular is hyper-relevant, but we’ve also recently seen the extremely harmful effect of toxic algae. We have the knowledge and experience to produce groundbreaking results. Our new status as a cluster will help us obtain financing so that we can start hiring our own employees,” confirms board member of NOSCA and Marketing Director for Framo, Geir Christian Helgesen.
- Awarded Arena cluster status in the Norwegian Innovation Clusters programme on 8 November 2019
- Clean Oceans is a nationwide cluster with its head office and administration in Bergen.
Its members are as follows: Framo, Kongsberg Satellite, NORCE, Miros, Sintef, Norlense, Norbit Aptomar, Nofi, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Egersund Markleen, Ocean Visuals, NOFO, Jemar Norpower, Blue Impact, Jason, Norén, Maritime Robotics, SpillTech, Tess, Equinor, Novumare, Clear Ocean, NBSK, Henriksen, AllMaritim.
- Clean Oceans originates from NOSCA (the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association), a non-profit professional organisation founded in 1993.
- NOSCA is a professional forum for Norwegian oil spill prevention and response, technology, preparedness and operational competencies, with the objective to create a broader knowledge base for the industry. The Association contributes towards active collaboration between individual companies, institutes and authorities to boost Norway’s position on the international oil spill prevention and response market.
Cluster Manager – Eirik Langeland
Mobile no.: +47 900 22 771
Chairman of NOSCA and Marketing Director of Framo –
Geir Christian Helgesen
Mobile no.: +47 480 40 040
Based on 45 years of oil spill technology experience and knowhow we will fight the plastics in the world’s oceans.
NOSCA was established in 1993 to satisfy a common need within the oil & gas industry. The oil companies and public institutions joined forces and resources in order to improve the overall knowledge and technology base of oil spill prevention and response. Now we want to use our knowledge and competence on an even bigger problem, marine pollution and plastics in the oceans. NOSCA are now, in collaboration with Innovation Norway, starting up a cluster-program called “Clean Oceans”. The purpose with this initiative is to use over 45 years of oil spill knowledge in the war against plastic in the oceans. When it comes to oil spill technology we are the leaders within this industry and now we want to lead the technology development against plastic in the oceans. The mission: «Clean Oceans» will strengthen our member’s competitiveness by developing and launching innovative solutions for handling marine pollution and develop our members to become the leading cluster in removing plastics from the world’s oceans. Our Members:
For over 45 years, our members have developed oil spill recovery systems constructed for extreme harsh conditions. Years of “on site” testing has given us a huge experience based knowledge bank that we now want to utilize in the war against plastics in the oceans.
SINTEF and NORCE, the two largest Norwegian governmental research organizations, are also members of NOSCA and are conducting large research programs on plastic and micro plastic and what it does to the environment. Research, experience and knowledge are the best combinations to develop new groundbreaking technology. We have worked together since 1993 with marketing of the Norwegian “oil spill model” and Norwegian oil spill equipment all over the world, with great success. Now we want to do the same with solutions that can help clean up the oceans of plastics. Our future goal: We have a goal to create “a scalable value chain” utilizing the energy that are stored in the plastic floating around inn our oceans. We have the ability to develop the technology to collect the plastic in a large quantity from the oceans, but we need to team up with a large industrial partner to help us turn the plastic into energy, and into a payable resource. Then we have started a moving value chain, that can be copied all over the world.