Request for Statements of Qualification & Expressions of Interest – Ship Requirements

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, December 11 – 4:00 pm AST

For questions related to proposal submissions, please contact Carey Ryan.


The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA), in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), is leading the planning for a research cruise over portions of the Scotian Slope during the summer of 2019. The purpose of the cruise is to investigate already identified naturally occurring seep sites of interest using an AUV and collect sample materials by means of shallow coring. This will be a collaborative undertaking involving participants from the University of Calgary, Saint Mary’s University, APT Canada, NSDEM, and possibly others to pursue shared scientific objectives.

OERA is currently accepting statements of qualifications and expressions of interest from owners of vessels that would be suitable for the 2019 cruise. For more information on the objectives of the cruise, the area in which the cruise will take place, the approximate timing for the cruise, the requirements for the vessel, other considerations in identifying and ultimately chartering a suitable vessel, and instructions for responding please see the ‘How to Apply’ section below.

In fairness to other applicants, a winning proponent is expected to complete the project as proposed in their original application. Once a project commences, OERA reserves the right to decline any modifications to the project budget, timeline schedules or tasks requested. Further, applicants that commit to securing funds/in-kind leverage from other agencies, programs, etc are expected to follow through with such plans. OERA reserves the right to cancel the contract in the event such changes occur over the course of a project.

How to Apply

If you would like to submit a proposal, please review the full Request for Statements of Qualification & Expressions of Interest HERE. [PDF]