Atlantic Region Boat Builders and Designers Challenged to Create Fuel Efficient Hull
“There are approximately 13,000 inshore fishing boats in Atlantic Canada, which means there’s a substantial potential market for the innovations we’re supporting. The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge will motivate the region’s boat builders to design a hull that uses less fuel than conventional boats. An improved hull design will reduce operating costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment, while fueling innovation and creating jobs in the boat building industry.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge is pan-Atlantic in scope and open to entities registered to do business in Atlantic Canada, including:
- Small and medium-sized businesses;
- Other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations;
- Indigenous organizations and groups; and,
- Post-secondary/academic institutions.
The intent of this challenge-prize is to fuel innovation in boat building design – to create an improved and efficient boat hull available to industry that will reduce operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions by increasing fuel efficiency.
A challenge-prize is an incentive-based approach that offers a reward to the first or best solution to a specific problem, based on a set of conditions. It can invite proposals in stages and provide funding along the way to develop ideas and prototypes before selecting the final prize recipient.
The National Research Council’s Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre in St. John’s, NL, is providing the technical evaluation and advice for this challenge.
This challenge-prize is hosted by Impact Canada Initiative (ICI), a whole-of-government effort that helps departments accelerate the adoption of outcomes-based approaches to deliver meaningful results to Canadians.
The application deadline for the initial intake is August 31, 2019. The Grand Prize winner will be selected in July 2020.
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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