Ocean, coastal and river engineering

The NRC's Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre supports a broad cross section of industry sectors by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in rivers, lakes and marine environments. We provide expertise and tools to identify, adapt, and integrate advanced solutions into systems that improve the performance and safety of ocean, coastal, and marine operations, meet the challenges of climate change, and protect infrastructure, property and people from severe weather events and other environmental risks.


The Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre assists industry and other government departments to develop solutions to engineering challenges within ocean, coastal and river environments with a particular focus on harsh and extreme conditions. Our approach includes physical and numerical modelling, engineering analysis, technology development as well as full scale experiments and field work conducted with the support of a comprehensive suite of world-class model test basins and tanks capable of reproducing a wide range of ice, wave, current and wind conditions. We have also developed and validated unique numerical and visualizations tools to generate solutions for our clients.

We will assist you in providing technology and solutions for the following market segments:

  • Arctic
    Ensuring sustainable, low impact development of the North while increasing the quality of life for Northerners
  • Marine Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources
    Improving marine infrastructure, manage water resources and solve complex water issues through marine renewable energy technologies

The NRC advantage

The Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre offers specialized consulting and applied research services in ocean engineering, coastal engineering, water resources management, marine safety and marine renewable energy assessments and technology. Our work supports industries that operate in harsh environments characterized by ice, wave, wind and cold temperature. The Centre serves the needs of clients in a variety of sectors, including: offshore oil and gas, marine transportation, marine and waterfront infrastructure, hydropower production, water resource management, standards and regulation, engineering design and construction. Our clients include start-ups, technology innovators and global industry leaders.

Our key technologies cover a broad range of applications, including design and operation of marine vehicles, ice forecasting and measurement, methods to predict structural loading in ice, improved coastal defences against erosion and storm damage, better marine safety and risk management systems and more reliable flood forecasting and modelling.

Beyond just testing and evaluation, we add value through the combination of knowledge, experience and comprehensive tools to deliver objective, accurate technology solutions and performance based information to our clients.

Working with us

Building on our competencies of physical and numerical modelling, our team of over 90 professionals has extensive experience in advanced engineering and complex ocean, coastal and river environments. Our know-how around ice and wave conditions on ships, structures and other marine-based assets predict and improve performance, offering solutions that reduce risk and improve operability.

The multidisciplinary nature of the NRC links ocean, coastal and river engineering activities to other key sectors, including oil and gas, transportation, environment, renewable energy and security. The broad spectrum of disciplines available across our organization leads to a cross-sector pollination of ideas creating innovative engineering solutions to move technologies forward.

The Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre's strengths reside with its people. Our scientists, engineers and technologists employ world-class model test facilities, numerical modelling tools and field investigations to arrive at technology solutions and innovations. Our products and services give Canadian industry an international market advantage by reducing risk and improving the longevity and performance of marine based assets.

Including us early in your technology development effort can potentially reduce the overall cost to market. Our unique expertise and comprehensive tools and facilities combined with customizable service options and high ethical standards make us an ideal partner to support your vision.


Mark Murphy, Business Advisor
Telephone: 709-772-2105
Email: Mark.Murphy@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
LinkedIn: Mark Murphy

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