The Fourth Annual International Student Design Competition for a Safe, Affordable Ferry

A project of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association

For the past three years, awards have been made to student teams of $10,000 annually, with the top prize each year being $5000. An impressive roster of internationally recognized maritime professionals have served as judges.  Awardees have been recognized at international maritime conferences and through widespread media reports.   The competition for 2013 was to design a passenger ferry for the Bangladesh river system; for 2014, to design an inter-island RoPax for Papua New Guinea; for 2015-16, to design an inter-island RoPax for the Savu Sea of Indonesia.  For 2017 the competition will be to design a passenger ferry for the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Thailand.   The existing ferry route, a linear urban ferry, is an increasing popular type of ferry system in the progressively urbanizing world, used as a way to reduce congestion and increase access to residential and commercial areas. 

Student teams who register between January 1 and February 15, 2017 will be provided with the Terms of Reference.  There will be only one student team per academic institution.  Entries will be due on April 15; entries before that date are welcome. For questions kindly contact Dr. Roberta Weisbrod, executive director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, at  Please register through

Initial registration should be by the team captain, name, academic institution, address, phone number and email address; faculty advisor, name, address, phone number and email address, and other team members names and email addresses.  (Team members may be modified at time of submission of design).  Teams will be provided with a registration number and will receive the Terms of Reference for the vessel to be designed.