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In the Article "Mass Rescue Operations" we discussed the problems of mass rescue operations, and the work the IMRF is undertaking to improve capability in such cases globally. But the 'MRO problem' needs to be tackled from the other end too.

That's why the IMRF strongly supports efforts being made to improve passenger ship safety, particularly in the developing world, where ferries have to operate as cheaply as possible.

This is the winning design in an international student design competition run by the World Ferry Safety Association and our sister organisation at the IMO, Interferry (see

The goal was to elicit new approaches for ferry design in the developing world as well as to encourage designers to enter this arena. There is both a need and an emerging market. Dr Roberta Weisbrod, WFSA Executive Director, said "All the teams were technically strong and many had innovative approaches.

The winners were a team from the University of British Columbia, Canada, with a monohull vessel design with exceptional stability characteristics. The entry was very complete in terms of design and cost and fuel analysis. Features include CNG-fuelled engines, modular cabins, and handicapped access."

The IMRF adds our congratulations to the winning team, and to the other entrants. Now we hope to see their ideas become reality!


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