Marine Vehicles program
With an estimated one-fifth of the world's undiscovered oil and gas, the Arctic and the Atlantic offshore have become a focal point for exploration activities. Developed to address the priority challenges of Canadian marine transportation, frontier oil and gas, shipbuilding and ship design, the Marine Vehicles (MV) program works to deliver technologies that improve the operability of marine vehicles while lowering the risks and costs associated with their operation.
By developing advanced control technologies that optimize operational efficiency to reduce fuel consumption and annual greenhouse gas production, the MV program develops design tools for ice class and inshore vessels, including navigational control systems with integrated motion stabilization. The program also works with Canadian industry to address the challenges of sub-surface vessels and to develop performance monitoring technologies and training simulators for new ship builds.
Collaborate with us
Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.
We are is actively seeking partners and collaborators to help reduce upfront engineering design costs of inshore and Arctic vessels, support the development of technologies to reduce risks and costs, enable secure drilling in the Arctic and enhance safety of people and the environment. Potential partners include:
- Ship builders and designers as well as fuel efficiency managers that are interested in developing technologies to reduce fuel consumption while maximizing fleet operational capacity
- Ship operators, designers and builders as well as oil & gas operators looking to deliver technologies that ensure effective vessel station keeping and safe shipping in ice
- Ship designers working to develop new technologies and expertise to reduce vessel design costs and increase Canadian design capacity
Our Marine Vehicles initiative has been developed to address the priority challenges of the Canadian marine transportation industry, frontier oil and gas industry and the Canadian shipbuilding and ship design industry. Collaborating with partners, the initiative will reduce the cost of marine transportation operations, foster safe and economic Arctic and offshore exploration and production, and reduce the cost of vessel design, increasing vessel design capacity in Canada.
The initiative will work to reduce fuel consumption on Canadian vessels using advanced navigational control systems integrated with motion stabilization systems, and developing vessel equipment and performance monitoring technologies; increase vessel operability through improved station keeping in managed ice conditions by integrating numerical ice models with an advanced control system model; and reducing the cost of vessel design and enhancing Canadian design capability by increasing the use of performance evaluation methods, physical and numerical, at the conceptual and preliminary design stages.
Working with us, Marine Vehicles' partners realize the following benefits:
- Access to unique expertise, combined with competitive rates, customized service options and measures that ensure data integrity and confidentiality
- Established and strong relationships with key industry partners
- Support from a multidisciplinary team that links marine-based engineering activities to key sectors, including oil and gas, transportation, environment, renewable energy and security
- Access to state-of-the-art software and world-class facilities
Technical and advisory services
We will provide key technical services and expertise to partners on a one-on-one basis or as part of multi-party collaborations. We can assist and guide clients and partners in proven approaches for the development and qualification of new technologies. Our multi-disciplinary array of technical services includes:
- Ocean energy technologies
- Wave and turbulence modeling
- Operations and fuel consumption
- Sea keeping, resistance and propulsion
- Operation in harsh environments engineering
- Ship-model correlation
- Model and full scale trials
- Offshore oil and gas facilities
- Field trials and testing
- Numerical models
- Physical modelling
The NRC is home to state-of-the-art modeling and testing facilities that allow us to offer technical services to support activities in various sectors including ice technology services and marine performance, evaluation and optimization services.
Partners and clients have access to an extensive range of facilities, instrumentation and equipment. Using our world-class laboratory facilities located in Ottawa and St. John's, scientists, engineers and technologists provide innovative products and services that in turn give Canadian industry a market advantage by reducing risk and improving the longevity and performance of marine-based assets. These two NRC labs feature the following assets:
If you're interested in partnering with NRC to collaborate on research and development to improve the operation or design of ships and floating offshore structures, please contact:
Mark Murphy, Business Advisor
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