Marine engineering

    Hybrid propulsion concepts for fishing vessels
    Hybrid propulsion concepts for fishing vessels

    The objective of this research project was to develop two technically and economically viable concepts of hybrid propulsion systems for fishing vessels, adapted to Québec conditions (St. Lawrence river and gulf) : for vessels operating near the coast and making sea trips of less than one day and for vessels making sea trips of several consecutive days. The adoption of hybrid systems could both reduce business operating costs while reducing their environmental footprint.

Environmental Technologies

    Preliminary design of a rechargeable hybrid pot vessel
    Preliminary design of a rechargeable hybrid pot vessel

    This project aims to support Océan Marine in the development of a plug-in hybrid fishing boat concept that can operate in coastal areas in eastern Canada. The project aims more specifically to optimize the propulsion of the boat to maximize the autonomy and speed of operation. Ultimately, the use of this vessel will reduce the environmental impacts of boats used in the commercial trap fishery, a significant economic activity in eastern Canada, to reduce the impact of oil price fluctuations on fisheries expenditures. Photo credit : Julie Aubé

    NISOB (No Invasive Species On Board)
    NISOB (No Invasive Species On Board)

    Innovation maritime initiated the NISOB project to address the risk of introduction of invasive species by ships' ballast water. A rigorous scientific analysis of the treated water has been carried out by laboratories to verify compliance with the standards established by the ballast water control and management Regulations. The technologies tested onboard were intended, among other things, to help the marine industry reduce the risk of introduction of invasive species into Canadian waters, protect Canada's ecosystems from non-native species, meet Canadian government standards for ballast water.

Marine Security/Safety

    Risk study on safe duration of transit when performed by a single pilot
    Risk study on safe duration of transit when performed by a single pilot

    The overall objective of the study was to allow the LPA and the CPSLC to decide on the safe duration of transit when performed by a single pilot. More specifically, considering different risk factors, The purpose of the study was to assess the safe transit time between Québec/Trois-Rivières/Montréal and propose,where appropriate, mitigation measures. These objectives included checking whether fatigue appears as a risk factor and how, if any, it manifests itself.

Marine transport

    Eye/hand/foot coordination test for evaluation of future crane operators
    Eye/hand/foot coordination test for evaluation of future crane operators

    The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) trains longshoremen for the operation of different port cranes. To do this, they use various tools such as simulators and training equipment. One of these tests evaluates the eye/hand/foot coordination of the candidates. This test is relatively standard and not necessarily adapted to the work context of crane operators. The aim of the project was to create a computer tool for the evaluation of foot/hand/eye coordination. This tool takes the form of a 3D environment in which the candidate must move objects using two joysticks and a pedal. The tool also had to provide for evaluation of the candidate's performance with a pointing system.

Professional diving

    Evaluation of the effect of tower angle - CSET trials
    Evaluation of the effect of tower angle - CSET trials

    In the event that a submarine in distress can not surface, the submariners have the possibility to wait for the rescue or if the circumstances require it, to evacuate the submarine via the emergency evacuation system. QinetiQ, from the United Kingdom, wanted to conduct evaluation tests of this system at different angles of inclination of the evacuation tower and to measure the forces perceived by the submariners using an instrumented mannequin. The tests also identified potential problems with the exhaust tower's top hatch operation and the performance of the hood inflation system in the event of an increase in the tilt angle of the tower.

    CSET operation at different angles feasibility study
    CSET operation at different angles feasibility study

    In order to assess the effect of a submarine in distress that would be in an irregular position on the ocean floor during the evacuation, the European company QinetiQ wanted to use the CSET as a platform to undergo controlled instrumented angle evacuation tests. The objective of the project's first phase was to confirm the angles and depth at which the CSET could be used for testing.

    Design and manufacture of a certified system for lifting divers at the Institut maritime du Québec
    Design and manufacture of a certified system for lifting divers at the Institut maritime du Québec

    For the launch of divers and their ascent, the IMQ has entrusted Innovation maritime with the mandate to design and manufacture new equipment that meets the standards of the CSST for this type of activity. In line with the new lifting equipment, a new platform has been designed and built, which also respects the standards of the CSST for diving activities.

    Canadian Submarine Escape Trainer (CSET)
    Canadian Submarine Escape Trainer (CSET)

    Innovation maritime developed a submarine emergency evacuation simulator taking into account the specific training needs of the Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) and the Canadian Forces School of Naval Operations (CFNOS). The CSET is a diving bell equipped with a replica submarine escape tower. This bell is moved vertically in a water column using mechanical systems. It allows training carried out in a perfectly controlled environment. To date, more than 1,200 Canadian and Australian submariners have been trained since 2003.