Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Hull Design Efficiency Challenge

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The Challenge

Challenge Statement

The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge aims to develop an innovative hull design that meets the needs of the Atlantic inshore fishery, maximizes energy efficiency, lowers operational costs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Challenge Objectives: Play a part in growing and greening Atlantic Canada...

ACOA is challenging interested applicants to design an innovative fishing boat hull that will:

  1. Lower operational costs – fishing boats will use less fuel to accomplish the same amount of work, lowering costs and increasing profits.
  2. Maximize energy efficiency – inshore fishing vessels will be able to do more work using less fuel.
  3. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions – using less fuel means fisheries activities will generate less greenhouse gases and pollution, contributing to a cleaner, healthier Atlantic Canada for everyone.

Who Can Apply?

The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge will be pan-Atlantic in scope and open to commercial and non-commercial organizations registered to do business in Atlantic Canada:

  • Small and medium-sized businesses
  • Other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions

An applicant may partner with organizations outside of Atlantic Canada provided they meet the eligibility requirements listed in the Applicant Guide.

Key Dates

  • Stage 1 – Challenge is launched and application intake begins July 31, 2019 until September 8, 2019.
  • Stage 2 – Selection of up to 10 semi-finalists to begin computer simulations (September 30, 2019)
  • Stage 3 – Selection of up to 3 finalists to begin scale model testing (January 31, 2020)
  • Select Grand Prize winner: by July 31, 2020

See the Applicant Guide for additional details.

Challenge details

Who can apply?

The Hull Design Efficiency Challenge is pan-Atlantic in scope and open to small and medium-sized businesses, other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous organizations and groups, and post-secondary/academic institutions registered to do business in Atlantic Canada.

Key dates

  • July 31, 2019: Stage 1 – Challenge launched and application intake begins
  • September 8, 2019: Application deadline
  • September 30, 2019: Stage 2 – Up to 10 semi-finalists selected
  • January 31, 2020: Stage 3 – Up to three finalists selected
  • By July 31, 2020: Grand Prize Winner selected