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2020 Ferry Conference Program, Virtual

7th Annual International Student Design Competition

The 2019-2020 Design Competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry focused on designing a Ro-Pax ferry for the Winam Gulf region of Lake Victoria in Kenya. The service will connect the newly revived Port of Kisumu and the coastal terminal at Mbita and other ports, supplementing the new and fairly successful Globology passenger-only ferry service, Waterbus East Africa.

Opening Presentation: WFSA Board Member Captain Nurur Rahman. Click here for the video.

First Place: Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Click here for the video presentation.

Second Place: Universität Rostak, Germany. Click here for the video presentation. Click here for the PowerPoint slides (in PDF).

Third Place: Singapore Institute of Technology and Newcastle University. Click here for the video presentation. Click here for the PowerPoint slides (in PDF format).

This is the first of a series of roll-outs of conference sessions. For all videos, click here.

Training in the Time of COVID and into the Future

I was personally inspired by these presentations by Murray Goldberg, Ephrem de la Cerna and Mary Ann Pastrana, and Captain Nurur Rahman’s introduction.

The presenters discuss quantum leaps forward using new methods to improve training skills and judgement in the challenging maritime environment—now yet more challenging. We all would be very appreciative to hear your feedback.

Best regards,
Roberta Weisbrod
Executive Director
Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

Click here for the training session YouTube playlist.



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.