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The Future of Ferries: July 27 and July 28

July 27: Two electric ferries will be in service in Europe and North America. Erik Eklund of Candela, the designer of the world’s first all-electric long range ferry, and Elias Van Sickle of SWITCH Maritime, the designer of a fleet of ferries to use electric propulsion, hydrogen fuel cells, and batteries, will present on July 27 at 6 PM ET.

Both remarkable cutting-edge ferries will be operating in a matter of months and we are thrilled to be able to get up-to-the-minute information. Stuart Ballantyne of Sea Transport Solutions will present his concept of a vessel with maximum stability index.  Future looks bright. The naval architect John Waterhouse Elliott of the Bay Design Group moderates and national treasure Chris Barry will join as a discussant.

July 28: The award-winning teams for the 8th Annual International Student Design Competition will explain their designs for a RoPax ferry to traverse the Amazon River between Manaus and Tefe, and this year with an add-on to reduce covid transmission. We promise some very intriguing and practicable designs. The naval architect Charles R. Cushing and international maritime consultant Captain Nurur Rahman will moderate and encourage discussion.

Both events will last about an hour. Registration is free but required. Click here to register. Donations are encouraged to sustain the design competition.

New and Innovative Life Saving Devices

Maritime evacuation slide from Cape May-Lewes Ferry

This is the third webinar in a series presented by the WFSA, and builds upon two very timely virtual events, both well attended. The first dealt with “Ferry Design and Operation in a Time of Covid” and the second covered “Smarter Maritime Knowledge” with a focus on digitalization in the ferry sector (including technology for training, for assessing team performance, and for remote vessel surveys).

You can access the webinar by clicking here. Contact ferrysafety -at- for more information.

Ferry Design and Operations in the Time of Covid

Dear Colleagues,

The webinar, Ferry Design and Operations in the Time of Covid, can be found here.

For more in-depth information, here is a bibliographic resource.

And for some pleasure and comfort, here is the music video prelude, Dusk, by the Josh Levinson Septet.

More webinars about new forms of remote maritime knowledge transfer; about innovative life-saving; and beyond the horizon vessel designs, including by awardees of the international student design competition, are in the planning phase. For more information, contact ferrysafety -at-


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 ferrysafety at gmail dot com.