ABOUT YOUR ENTRY

This challenge invites scientists, startups and beyond to identify approaches to prevent and/or continuously remove biofouling from a ship’s hull that can be applied to cargo and passenger ships that travel in all of the world’s oceans.

 

Entry Guidelines:

 

Challenge Sponsor is seeking novel approaches to reduce and prevent biofouling that are longer-lasting than current solutions while being more environmentally benign. Entries that go beyond the marine biocide and release paint/coatings currently available or under development today, or are from non-marine industries, will absolutely be considered.

 

Challenge Sponsor is especially interested in durable solutions that may incorporate light, sound, vibration, aeration, electro, mechanical, or other means that can serve as a replacement to or in conjunction with traditional coatings.

 

Also, ideally, the solution should adhere to global maritime environmental or safety regulations—or be capable of complying with those regulations within six (6) months.

 

Entry Requirements:

 

A successful technology or solution must (but should not disclose confidential information):

  • Be technically viable and based on sound scientific principles,
    • Preferably, it should have laboratory or marine data that demonstrate efficacy;
  • Have a clear path for deployment (and commercialization) on ships;
  • Be a cost effective for widescale deployment, including:
    • Installation and operating costs less than or equal to today’s paint/coatings, and,
  • Be as or more durable than incumbent coatings.

 

Entry Deliverables:

 

Your Entry must be in English and provide an introduction and high-level overview of your idea or technology (but should not disclose confidential information), including:

  • A short executive summary (3-5 sentences) of your proposed solution;
  • A detailed description of how the solution can keep a ship’s hull continuously clean of marine organisms (prevent and/or continuously remove biofouling) and can be applied to cargo and passenger ships that travel in all of the world’s oceans;
  • Any supporting documents, such as laboratory or marine data, drawings or designs, which show how your solution would operate (e.g. illustrations, performance data, etc.);
  • A brief description of your experience, background and capabilities (and your Team's) including relevant past projects and experiences, and the name of each team member.

 

Download the Challenge Brief here.

 

Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am EST on November 29, 2018. Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST January 18, 2019 to be eligible. Employees and contractors of Stena Line and GE and any of its respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

By submitting an Entry, you agree to be bound by Stena Line’s Official Rules, which include but are not limited to the following requirements:

 

Awards and Opportunities:


Up to two (2) successful participants may have the opportunity to become a collaborator/supplier to Stena Line. Potential for further engagement with Stena Line may include participation in a three -month program to install and pilot the winning solution on a Stena Line ship (the “Pilot Program” or “Pilot”). The Pilot Program will monitor efficacy of the solution and will require submission of a final report summarizing results against expectations at the conclusion of the pilot period.

 

Upon competition of the three-month Pilot Program, Sponsor may, at their own discretion and based on the merits and outcomes of the Pilot, explore the installment of the solution across Stena Line’s entire fleet.

 

Confidentiality:

 

Entrants confirm that their Entry does not contain any confidential information, and that no confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy is to be established between the Entrant and Sponsor.

 

Selection and Review Process:

 

The judging and award determination will be made by an internal Stena team. All qualifying applications will be evaluated by a panel of at least two (2) comprised of Stena employees with expertise in marine biology, maritime cleaning and ship operations (the “Judges Panel”).

 

Entries will be evaluated based on compliance with the Entry Requirements, as well as the following criteria (collectively the “Judging Criteria”):

 

  • Technical feasibility (including durability) and proof of effectiveness to prevent and/or continuously remove biofouling on an ongoing basis;
  • Ease of deployment (including cost, scalability, etc.); and,
  • Ability and speed to commercialize (with ability to pilot within six (6) months and be compliant to regulatory standards within six (6) months thereafter).

 

Respondents acknowledge that Competition Sponsors reserve the sole and absolute right and discretion to award prizes as stated in the Challenge, including awarding prizes to fewer than two (2) respondents.

 

Timeline:

  • Challenge Launch: Challenge opens to all eligible participants on November 29, 2018 at 9AM EST.
  • Challenge Close: Challenge closes and all Entries must be submitted by January 18, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.
  • Winner Announcement: Winners will be announced on or about mid-February 2019

 

 

Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am EST on November 29, 2018. Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST January 18, 2019 to be eligible. Employees and contractors of Stena Line and GE and any of its respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.