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Atlantic Region Boat Builders and Designers Challenged to Create Fuel Efficient Hull

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is challenging boat builders to develop an innovative hull that maximizes energy efficiency, lowers operational costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge will:

  • encourage out-of-the-box thinking when designing fishing boat hulls
  • fuel innovation in the boatbuilding industry
  • reduce the amount of fuel used to move a fishing boat through the water:
  • Less fuel = lowers operating costs for boat owners
  • Less fuel = less greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted into the atmosphere
  • Less GHGs = cleaner environment for everyone

Background
Atlantic Canada is home to nearly 13,000 inshore fishing boats that use diesel fuel to power them to lucrative fishing grounds on the East coast. Boatbuilding and the commercial fishery are important economic drivers in the rural communities that dot the region’s coastline. The landed value of catches in 2017 accounted for just over $3 billion in the Atlantic region economy.

Why focus on boat hulls?
A hull is one of the most important parts of a boat because it has direct contact with water. The shape of a boat’s hull determines the amount of drag (pull) and how the boat will handle at different speeds and in different water conditions. A more efficient hull has less drag and uses less fuel to move the boat forward in the water.

The hull designs submitted in this Challenge must:

  • meet the needs of the Atlantic Canadian inshore fishing industry (boats under 15 m/50 ft)
  • focus on innovations to hull design while keeping the rest of the boat largely unchanged
  • meet relevant Canadian and provincial regulations for commercial fishing vessels

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