Memorial University has research and training facilities across Newfoundland and Labrador, including Grenfell Campus on the West coast, Labrador Campus in the North, the Marine Institute on the East coast, and many more in between (as well as beyond, including partnerships with Nunavut Arctic College and UArctic, both of which enable cross-university collaboration, allowing Memorial students to take courses in other northern places; for more on these, see our Partnerships page). 

From The Launch to the Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station, many of Memorial's facilities are dedicated to cold oceans and northern research, activities, and training. Here, one can find laboratories and equipment that aren't available anywhere else in the world (click here to learn more about what makes us unique). 

View the tables below for an overview of Memorial's cold ocean and northern facilities, and click a link to learn more about a particular facility. 

Facilities: By Location

St. John's CampusLabrador Campus (Happy Valley-Goose Bay)Marine Institute (St. John's)Grenfell Campus (Corner Brook)Signal Hill Campus (St. John's)Other Locations
FacilityAvailable Equipment
Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTEC) 
Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD) 
  1. Marine Bioprocessing Research Unit (Click here for full list of equipment)
  2. Aquaculture Facility:
    • Has five independent recirculating systems capable of using fresh or salt water
    • Has two flow-through fresh water systems
    • Live food culture laboratory (zooplankton and algae)
    • Quarantine laboratory
    • Feed preparation area
    • Necropsy laboratory
    • Bacteriology laboratory
    • Histopathology laboratory 
  3. Food Processing Pilot Plant (Full list of equipment available on website)
  • Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) 
  • Simulators:
    • Ballast Control and Cargo Handling Simulator
    • Dynamic Positioning Simulator
    • Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Simulator
    • Fast Time Simulator
    • Full Mission Ship's Bridge Simulator
    • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Simulator
    • Lifeboat Launch Simulator
    • NetSim
    • Process Control Simulator
    • Propulsion Plant Simulator
    • Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Simulator
    • Simulated Electronic Navigation (SEN) Live Equipment Laboratory
    • Simulated Electronic Navigation (SEN) Simulator
    • Heritage Bridge Simulator
Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR)   
Ocean Safety Research Unit   


Core Research Equipment & Instrument Training Network (CREAIT) Relevant Facilities
Aquatic Research ClusterAutonomous Ocean Systems Centre (AOSCENT)Micro-Analysis Facility
The Aquatic Research Cluster (ARC) is located at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay. ARC provides research support, training and analyses to undergraduate and graduate students, university researchers, government agencies and private sector R&D companies. ARC services and instrumentation are grouped into two areas: Chemical Oceanography and Functional Genomics and Molecular Biology. The Autonomous Ocean Systems Centre (AOSCENT) is focused on providing autonomous solutions for marine applications ranging from unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to ships and unmanned surface marine craft. It provides services for academic and industrial clients by providing trained staff and state-of-the art equipment for marine research and application. AOSCENTs fleet of unmanned vehicles are applicable to a broad range of fields including underwater mining, fisheries, offshore hydrocarbons and marine transportation.

MAF specializes in high-resolution imaging and in-situ microbeam chemical analysis and age dating of minerals and other materials such as environmental and archaeological samples. The Facility has ongoing research and development projects on ore characterization for metallurgy and advanced mineral exploration but aims to support a wide range of research throughout the university and beyond.


Cold-Ocean Deep-Sea Research Facility (CDRF)
Located at Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador's Ocean Sciences Centre, the CDRF is home to a state of the art Aquatic Containment Level 3 (AQC3) facility, a deep sea research lab, and a host of analytical equipment used to support academic and industry research projects.


Extreme Loads on Arctic Structures Lab (ELAS)

The Extreme Loads on Arctic Structures Lab (ELAS) investigates the response of ship structures subject to ice impact: including icebreakers, ice-strengthened ships, and non-ice class ships and naval surface vessels. We use a combination of quasi-static and impact laboratory apparatus (some with full-scale ship structures); sliding impact apparatus; advanced material characterization; and finite element modelling using a 272 core high-performance computer. We develop related engineering tools for ship owners, designers, operators, regulators and classification societies.

Equipments are located across the four labs below:

Structures Lab, Thermal Lab, Mechatronics Lab, Server Room (3rd Floor)
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL

  • Large Double Pendulum Apparatus
  • Moving/Sliding Load Apparatus
  • 3D Digital Image Correlation and Advanced Material Characterisation
  • 272 node High-Performance Computer



Please Note: These lists are meant to be informative and demonstrative; they are not exhaustive. To find out more about specific facilities and equipment at the university, reach out to Mandy or the head of each individual facility, as listed on their websites, linked above. Are you responsible for one of these facilities (or a facility which is not named above), and would like to supplement the provided information? Please reach out!