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


Port of Trois-Rivières

Canada Steamship Lines 

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation


Groupe Desgagnés

Urgence Marine Inc. 


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 circulaireCRE 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)
Selected themes for 2016-2017
  1. Reduction of atmospheric emissions: alternative fuels, electrification and renewable energies.
  2. Integrated management of shipping waste and discharges: waste recovery and industrial ecology.
  3. Reduction of acoustic footprint of shipping traffic in the St. Lawrence Estuary: mitigation measures and acoustic signatures.
  4. Improvement of overall efficiency of seaway: best practices and green logistics.
MeRLIN Summary Sheets (PDF)



For further details or to be part of MeRLIN, contact us now :

Candice Sénéchal
MeRLIN Coordinator
(418) 724-9616
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.