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Safe Affordable Ferry Design Competition

6th Annual International Student Design Competition

The 2018-2019 Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry will be focused on designing a passenger ferry for the Pasig River of Manila, Philippines as a linear urban ferry, an increasing popular type of ferry system in the progressively urbanizing world. Click here for more information about the competition.

Results of the 2018 Design Competition

The Fifth Design Competition for a Safe and Affordable Ferry was focused on designing a passenger ferry for the Singapore Strait between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

First Prize: Singapore Collaborative Team

Abstract of the first prize winners' proposal.

Second Prize: Indonesia Team

Abstract of the second prize winners' proposal.

Third Prize: India Team

Abstract of the shared third prize winners' proposal.

Third Prize: Netherlands Team

Abstract of the shared third prize winners' proposal.


Terms of Reference

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

Terms of Reference (2014) document.

Earlier Competitions

Results of the 2017 Design Competition

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

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

2013 Entries

Winners of the 2013 Design Competition.

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.