Networking for Innovation in Maritime Transport and Ports.
Spearheaded in 2016, MeRLIN is a structure designed to facilitate networking between industry and research in an effort to promote innovation in the shipping and port sectors. Promoted by the Technopole maritime du Québec and supported by Canada Economic Development and the Société de promotion économique de Rimouski, this unique initiative is a priority for the industry, as reflected in the commitment of its contributing members:
|Port of Montreal|
|Port of Quebec|
|St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation|
|Early 2015||Soliciting of industrial partners|
|August 2015||Initial meeting of partners: First steps to launch MeRLIN network|
|Sept. 2015||Validation or preliminary research themes|
|March 2016||Letter of support for MeRlin project from industrial partners|
|June 2016||Arrival of Candice Sénéchal – Project Coordinator|
|Nov. 2016||Adoption of rules of governance and Action Plan by TMQ board of directors|
|Feb. 2017||Validation of summary sheets / research program|
|May 2017||Official meeting of MeRLIN and Réseau Québec Maritime|
|August 2017||New member: Trois-Rivières Port Authority|
MeRLIN is a network that aims to improve access to relevant research and development expertise for the maritime industry in order to facilitate and intensify the implementation of R&D projects, both from industrial and academic points of view, thereby promoting greater coordination and ongoing collaboration between partners. The initiative tends to accompany the industry in defining its research and innovation needs and implementing long-term planning tools, while at the same time fostering ties between stakeholders within the maritime community.
- To oversee coordination and outreach in order to enable a dynamic of collaboration between the industry, the institutional and private research sector;
- To promote R&D expertise as an answer of key industry issues;
- To offer a monitoring service adapted to industrial themes and priorities;
- To promote a flow of information concerning research projects for the benefit of all partners;
- Within the private and academic research community, to bolster visibility of research-related challenges and technological needs for the maritime sector;
- To maximize use of the expertise and public research infrastructures available in Quebec;
- To promote the development of cutting-edge expertise in Quebec;
- To support the economic growth of this maritime industry and the competitiveness of its businesses by means of skills development and the expanded use of R&D and new technologies.
|2017||08/11||Séance de mobilisation Plan de Protection des Océans, Gouvernement du Canada, Québec.|
|07/11||Tournée québécoise du Réseau Québec maritime (RQM), Rimouski.|
|24/10||Journée maritime québécoise 2017, Sodes et Armateurs du Saint-Laurent, Québec. (Speaker)|
|24-25/11||MICROLABS 2017: Atelier sur les microlaboratoires marins télédétectés, Merinov, Québec.|
|3/10||Colloque Courants 2017, Armateurs du Saint-Laurent, Montréal.|
|6/09||Cocktail de lancement du projet d'économie circulaire, CRE CAPITALE-NATIONALE, Québec.|
|31/06||Greentech 2017, Alliance Verte, Fort Lauderdale US-FL.|
|25/04||Première rencontre de la Table industrielle du Réseau Québec maritime (RQM), UQAR Rimouski.|
|April||Participation au groupe de travail Transport maritime durable et intelligent, Assises de la mer.|
|21/03||AMERICANA 2017, Réseau Environnement, Montréal.|
|24/02||Banquet 2017, Armateurs du Saint-Laurent, Québec.|
|23/02||Forum connexion 2017, Université Laval, Québec.|
|2016||17/11||Diner-conférence, Bourse de la relève SODES, Montréal.|
|02/11||Comité de concertation Navigation (CCN), Bécancour. (Speaker)|
|04/10||Assemblée Industrielle du Réseau Québec Maritime (RQM), UQAR Lévis.|
|01/06||GreenTech 2016, Alliance Verte, Québec. (Speaker)|
OUR RESEARCH PROGRAM
Selected themes for 2016-2017
- Reduction of atmospheric emissions: alternative fuels, electrification and renewable energies.
- Integrated management of shipping waste and discharges: waste recovery and industrial ecology.
- Reduction of acoustic footprint of shipping traffic in the St. Lawrence Estuary: mitigation measures and acoustic signatures.
- Improvement of overall efficiency of seaway: best practices and green logistics.
MeRLIN Summary Sheets (PDF)
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