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Press Releases

Announcing the Fifth (2018) International Student Design Competition For Safe Affordable Ferries

Winners of the WFSA Design Competition 2017 (for more information, see Winners of the 2017 Ferry Design Competition)

WFSA Design Competition 2017

Notice of the Fourth Annual International Student Design Competition

Results of the 2015-2016 Design Competition

This year's challenge was to design a RoPax vessel for Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation in the world.

Results of 2014 competition

World Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announces the results of its Second Annual international student design competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry.

Winning design for safe affordable ferry 2014

The winning design for the Safe Affordable Ferry, 2014

2014 Entries

Memorial University of Newfoundland

University of British Columbia

Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nantes

Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences

Tolani Maritime Institute, India

The Apprentice School, Newport News, VA

2014 ferry design competition: Proposals received from six maritime universities and colleges. A top prize of $5000 is to be awarded.

UBC team, winners of the 2013 design competition Winning team from the University of British Columbia, Canada, 2013.

Winners of the 2013 Design Competition.

How to Register for the 2014 Competition

Competitors must register as teams or individuals by email to ferrysafety at gmail dot com between January 1, 2014 and April 1, 2014. To register, provide name and contact information for the team leader, its members, and their educational institution affiliations. The team will be assigned a registration number.

Submissions are due electronically to ferrysafety at gmail dot com by June 1, 2014.

Terms of Reference

Click here for the complete Terms of Reference (2015) document (in PDF).

Terms of Reference (2014) document.

Safe Affordable Ferry Design Competition

Click here for the 2014 Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry notice.

Click here for a list of schools and faculty member points of contact for Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Annual Report 2013

Click here for the 2013 Annual Report.

Other Papers

"Ferry Safety in the Developing World," Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, in Marine News, January 2015 (click here to download Adobe .pdf file).

"Fatal Ferry Follies," Joseph Keefe, in MaritimeProfessional, Dec 31, 2014 (click here to download Adobe .pdf file).

Click here for the Maritime Design slide show (Microsoft PowerPoint file).

“Marine Design for the Developing World: Implementing Innovation” paper was basis of presentation at the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Meeting Oct. 2012.

“Maritime Transport Technology for the Other 90% of Us: A Solution to Problems in the Developing World,” TRB Research Record (2012)

"Ferry Transport: The Realm of Responsibility for Disasters in Developing Countries." By Catherine Lawson and Roberta Weisbrod, J. Public Transport., Vol. 8 No. 4 (2005).

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing innovation in training methods, as well as use of technology to provide notification for sudden hazardous weather, curb overloading, and enhance marine rescue technology. We encourage innovative new ideas in ferry safety and design. To that end WFSA is sponsoring a design competition for safe affordable ferries. The competition is open for registration now. Those interested, please contact us at info at ferrysafety dot org.