Innovation maritime (IMAR)

Cégep de Rimouski, Rimouski, Québec
What the facility does

Supports business competitiveness, stimulates excellence and promotes the growth of the marine sector through technological innovation

Areas of expertise

Innovation maritime, an applied research centre affiliated with the Institut maritime du Québec (IMQ) and Cégep de Rimouski, aims to develop solutions for the benefit of companies through applied research, technology transfers and information dissemination.

More specifically, the centre is active in the following areas: marine engineering, environmental technologies, marine navigation and transport, marine intelligence, undersea and hyperbaric interventions.

Research services

Design and prototyping

  • Design of electromechanical systems for the marine industry
  • Ergonomic and safe tools for professional fishing
  • Product optimization for the marine sector
  • Navigation tools


Software development

  • Embedded systems development
  • Development of simulation tools in virtual reality (mixed reality)
  • Management and optimization software for marine operations
  • Electronic navigation tools
  • Modelling and training tools


Studies and analyses

  • Environmental studies (GHG, marine engine emissions)
  • Development plans for port activities
  • Functionality studies
  • Analysis of marine transport opportunities
  • Marine traffic analysis
  • Risk analysis related to navigation
  • Feasibility analysis


Tests and experiments

  • Onboard technology testing
  • Technology testing on an engine test bed
  • Onboard tests and measurements
  • Alternative fuel testing
  • Leak testing
  • Pressure testing



  • Training
  • Symposiums
  • Technical support
Sectors of application
  • Clean technology
  • Defence and security industries
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Ocean industries
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
  • Transportation
Canadian Submarine Escape Trainer (CSET) 
Diving pools 
Hyperbaric chambers 
Pressure chamber 
Machine room simulatorMarine engines
Navigation simulators 
Engine test bed (250 kW, 1 MW) 
Computational fluid mechanics analysis tools 
Testo 350 Portable Emission Analyzer 
Vibration and acoustic analyzers (accelerometers) 
Vessel modelling and stability analysis tools 
3D printer 
Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 
BlueView BV5000Underwater infrastructure inspection equipment
Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift SVR headsets – virtual reality development tools
Leap Motion controllerCamera – virtual reality development tool
UnitySoftware – virtual reality development tool