The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) has announced that winners have been selected for its 2019 Ferry Design Competition.
The awards will be presented at WFSA's Ferry Safety and Technology Conference in Bangkok in February. In the contest, student teams were tasked with designing a passenger ferry for the Pasig River, the locus of commercial and public activities in Manila.
WFSA executive director Dr Roberta Weisbrod noted that navigational challenges included low bridges and waterborne vegetation and debris.
In announcing the 2019 winners, Dr Weisbrod said "The seriousness and sensitivity which all the teams expressed with their designs gives hope to the future."
The first prize of US$5,000 will be awarded to a team from the Singapore Institute of Technology and Newcastle University in Singapore, while the second prize (US$3,000) will go to a team from Institut Teknologi Sepuulah Nopember, in Surabaya, Indonesia. The third prize will be shared between students from Shanghai Maritime University and the Universidad Veracruzana, in Mexico.
The winning team designed Pasig Express, an aluminium-hulled catamaran, with hybrid propulsion which enables minimised energy consumption when operating at slow speeds and berthing. The fin propeller reduces cavitation, as well as lowering noise and reducing the wake.
A statement added "Importantly, the design speaks to the challenges identified by Dr Weisbrod. A debris and vegetation collector protects propulsion against fouling saving energy and maintenance costs. At the same time it helps the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission restore cleanliness to the river. Safety looms large in the design; the vessel features three level fire protection, and egress through six points of escape including exit doors on both sides of the craft."
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