The Iceland Ocean Cluster’s mission is to create value and discover new opportunities by connecting entrepreneurs, businesses and knowledge in the marine industries.

Best Office Space

Vinningshafar1We are pleased to announce that the Ocean Cluster House received the award „Best Office Space“ in Iceland from The Nordic Startup Awards. The Nordic Startup Awards is a series of events in the Nordic countries, to recognize and celebrate the startup ecosystems based in the Nordic region.

We at the Ocean Cluster House are very happy with the award and thank our inhabitants and patrons for the cooperation for the past years.
Look out for the Grand Finale of the Nordic Startup Awards on May 31st in Harpa, Reykjavík, where the Nordic Countries compete with each other.

The Iceland Ocean Cluster awards Commander Blake McBride for enhancing collaboration

CBM 2016The Iceland Ocean Cluster awarded Commander Blake McBride at the Office of US Naval Research for enhancing a collaboration between Iceland and the United States in marine related research. The Office of US Naval Research has collaborated with the Icelandic marine biotech firm Kerecis in developing Omega-3 fish-skin-based treatment which can help to heal chronic and hard-to-heal wounds.

Green technology in the cluster work

Various collaborative projects are under way in the Iceland Ocean Cluster which aim to improve our environment. The newest projects are the “Green ship” and “Green Fishing”. Green ship is a collaboration between Navis, Naust Marine and Newenergy to design an electric fishing ship. The green fishing is a project led by Hampidjan, Polar Doors, Star-Oddi and several other enterprises. The project aims to find environmentally superb solutions in fishing gear and fishing technology. Other green projects in the cluster are green logistics and full utilization of seafood.

“These green projects are very timely and we believe Icelandic tech companies have an important role to play in safeguarding our oceans,” says Dr. Thor Sigfusson CEO of The Iceland Ocean Cluster. “The reason is obvious: the stakes are high for a seafood nation.”

Successful meeting on challenges associated with optimization of the Crustacean harvest

Chitin 2More than 40 people from the US, Canada and Iceland attended the Challenges in Optimizing the Yield of Crustacean Shell meeting, hosted by the Iceland Ocean Cluster and New England Ocean Cluster in Boston on March 7. Much of the crustacean shell waste in the United States contains valuable proteins, and yet the majority of waste goes to landfills or composting operations. The purpose of this meeting was to begin to identify higher-value opportunities and how they can be achieved. Cluster partners and attendees included institutions from Alaska, Canada, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Geir H. Haarde, Iceland’s ambassador to the United States and Robert C. Barber ambassador in Iceland, addressed the meeting and subsequently presented experts from Maine, Alaska, Massachusetts, Iceland and Newfoundland. The agenda featured brief presentations from Pall Gislasson, Robert Verge, Julie Decker, Tom Gillet, Dave Fitzgerald, Robyn Hannigan, and Patrick Arnold – all focusing on how crustacean shells are currently being used and challenges to developing higher margin products from shell waste.

“We are showing our neighbors how we maximize the value of cod in Iceland, and hope to contribute to greater utilization of other marine animals,” says Thor Sigfusson of the Iceland Ocean Cluster. Thor says that Icelandic technology companies can assist US companies’ efforts towards shell utilization. Two such companies, Hedinn and Samey, have already begun projects in the United States.

By Erica Hale



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