Improve maritime efficiency


Hydrocontest is an international student competition dedicated to maratime efficiency. The contest brings together teams of students from around the world and EPFL participates since the first edition in 2014. There are two classes of boats: a class of mass transportation, which simulates container ships with 200kg of weight on board and a light class that simulates a fast passenger boat with 20kg weight on board.

The EPFL team – with around 40 members – brings together students from many fields, and can count on both the expertise of laboratories and a network of industrial partners to develop boats at the cutting edge of technology. For example, students will regularly produce their largest pieces at Decision SA, with fine-ply carbon provided by NTPT. The tests are made from the port of Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN), another partner of the team.

This year, the team will be present at the Foiling week (from the 11th to the 14th of July, Garde Lac, Italy) and will participate to HydrocontestX at Yverdon-Les-Bains from the 1st to the 8th of September.

  • 5 faculties involved: Mecanic, Microtechnic, Material science, Computational sciences, Electricity
  • 5 trophees and 3 second places won in 5 campaigns
  • First bifoiler (=inverted pendulum) radio-controlled in the world
  • World premiere for the joint use of fine-pleated carbon (NTPT) and PowerRibs (flax fiber reinforcement produced by B-comp)


The story behind the first rc bifoiler motorboat in history – EPFL – Hydrocontest 2016


Robin Amacher