Maritime Innovation has received an initial $2-million grant from the Innovation Strengthening component of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The grant, combined with $1.4 million in contributions from 15 partners, will be used over the next five years to research ways to reduce the environmental footprint of ships operating in the St. Lawrence River. The applied research will primarily focus on reducing atmospheric emissions and improving the energy efficiency of ships.
The second portion of the Research Council’s funding ($100,000 per year over five years) recognizes Maritime Innovation as one of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres. The funding will be used to improve the centre’s service offerings by facilitating the hiring of a resource dedicated to business development in marine mechanical engineering.