Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre


With extensive expertise researching the effects of ice and waves on ships, structures and shorelines, we are a leader in developing and evaluating tools and technologies for harsh marine conditions. Using numerical modelling tools, field investigations, and world-class model test facilities - including two ice tanks, five wave basins and three flumes – we are creating safe, efficient and sustainable solutions to engineering challenges in marine and arctic environments.

Services and information


Research programs

Research projects

Applications and tools

Technical and advisory services

  • Marine performance, evaluation and optimization services
    • Ocean energy technologies
    • Wave and turbulence modelling
    • Operability (fuel consumption, emission abatement)
    • Sea-keeping, resistance and propulsion
    • Operation in harsh environments engineering & human factors
    • Ship model correlation
    • Model and full scale trials
    • Ports and harbours
    • Offshore oil and gas facilities
    • Coastal structures and developments
  • Ice technologies and services
  • Water resources modelling services
    • Hydrological modelling
    • Hydraulic and hydrodynamic modelling
    • Water quality modelling
    • Hydro energy resource assessment
    • Environmental decision support systems
    • Water resources data integration

Collaboration centres

Technology licensing

  • Protection from large-scale ice spalling vibrations

Why work with us

We collaborate with industry, academia and government to identify, adapt, and integrate advanced solutions that improve the performance and safety of ocean, coastal, and marine operations, meet the challenges of climate change, and protect infrastructure, property and people from severe weather events and other environmental risks.

Our engagement models:

  • Research
  • Collaborative research
  • Physical and numerical modelling
  • Technical and advisory services
  • Fabrication

We work with ocean, coastal and river engineering partners in Canada and internationally:

  • Research organizations
  • Government departments
  • Universities
  • Small and medium sized enterprises
  • Multinationals