CleanBC supports BC companies designing zero-emission boats

Two BC marine design firms are developing zero-emission boat technology that will advance clean transportation in the hard-to-decarbonize marine sector and create new jobs for British Columbians.

“British Columbia is navigating a low-carbon technology revolution,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Low-Carbon Energy, Mines and Innovation. “It’s not just about how we navigate our roads anymore; our cleantech know-how is transforming the way the world moves people and goods across water.

Seventeen BC projects are receiving more than $8 million in funding through the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program’s second funding call. This funding supports projects spanning all modes of transportation, from boats to e-bikes and aviation. This latest round of funding will benefit businesses from eight different municipalities in British Columbia, including Capilano Maritime Design Ltd. of North Vancouver and Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd. of Victoria.

“British Columbia companies are developing innovative new clean transportation technologies to reduce climate pollution and change the way we travel by land, air and water,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Our government is supporting these projects through CleanBC to help meet our climate goals and provide new opportunities for people in British Columbia’s evolving and growing clean energy economy.

Capilano Maritime Design will receive $178,000 in funding through the ARC program to design a hydrogen-powered cruise ship for use in the Port of Vancouver. Project partners include Ballard Power Systems Inc., HTEC, Canal Marine & Industrial Inc., Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited, Fairweather Cruises & Events and the University of British Columbia.

With $948,000 in support from the ARC program, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect is developing a high-performance, low-weight 40-foot electric utility catamaran. The catamaran will be designed to take on a wide variety of roles, such as coastal transport and patrol, and ecotourism activities, which have traditionally been dominated by internal combustion engine technologies.

These two CRA-funded projects will create and maintain approximately 12 jobs.

The ARC program supports the electric vehicle sector in British Columbia by providing reliable and targeted support for the research and development, commercialization and demonstration of British Columbia-based electric vehicle technologies, services and products. This round of Project ARC funding leverages over $18 million in industry and federal government investments and is expected to create and sustain approximately 175 full-time equivalent jobs.

The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 is British Columbia’s plan to expand and accelerate climate action, building on the province’s natural advantages – abundant and clean electricity, high-value natural resources and a highly skilled workforce. It paves the way for increased collaboration to build a BC that works for everyone.


Chris Mulder, President, Capilano Maritime Design –

“Capilano Maritime is pleased to design the first hydrogen fuel cell marine vessel in Canada. This will be a pioneering project for the development of Canadian regulatory requirements for the use and storage of hydrogen as a marine fuel.

Gregory Marshall, CEO, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect –

“Electric propulsion offers the marine industry a wide variety of benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, life cycle costs and noise pollution without compromising vessel performance. As a local naval architecture firm, we have received many calls from clients interested in electrifying their next vessel. However, electric propulsion remains unproven for a wide variety of marine applications. Through the opportunity provided by the ARC program, we will be able to develop and demonstrate a high efficiency, low weight, zero emissions catamaran designed to take on a wide variety of roles traditionally dominated by internal combustion engines such as coastal transport, patrol and ecotourism activities. In addition to providing our customers with hands-on electric vessel experience, we will be able to provide BC’s marine industry with the training, skills and knowledge to participate in the growing global vessel market. electrical.

Susie Chant, MP for North Vancouver-Seymour –

“This funding will help local businesses like Maritime Capilano develop innovative new technology that promotes cleaner transportation on the water. Their cutting-edge efforts to decarbonize this sector will reduce climate pollution, create new jobs for members of our community, and move us forward towards a more sustainable future for all.

Lana Popham, MP for Saanich South –

“The extreme weather conditions we have experienced in recent years underscore the impact of climate change and how vital it is that we transition to a clean economy. That’s why we support innovative solutions to bring electrical technology to marine vessels. This work by a local company will go a long way to reducing pollution in our oceans and creating a cleaner British Columbia for generations to come. »

Bowinn Ma, MPP for Vancouver-Lonsdale –

“Transportation accounts for more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions produced in British Columbia, and the need for a rapid transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy has never been more evident. I am pleased to know that CleanBC funding will allow Maritime Capilano to continue to develop ways to decarbonize maritime travel.

Fast facts:

  • The electric vehicle sector includes battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, as well as companies and organizations involved in all aspects of the electric vehicle supply chain.
  • The supply chain extends from raw materials to final consumer products for vehicles or vehicle components, fuel and infrastructure, and transferable technologies and services.
  • British Columbia leads North America in the transition to electric vehicles, with light electric vehicle sales accounting for 13% of all new light vehicle sales in 2021.

Learn more:

To learn more about the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization program, visit: – programs/clean-energy-vehicles-program/zev-sector-development

To learn more about Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd., visit:

To learn more about Capilano Maritime Design Ltd., visit:

To learn more about the CleanBC plan, visit:

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