Industry selects winning designs at 2022 Student Design Celebration

This spring the UBC Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program returned to an in-person Student Design Celebration for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. After two years of online student presentations, we were able to welcome back our marine industry colleagues and alumni to a sold-out evening of networking, dinner and design. With representatives from many local shipyards and naval design firms in the audience, NAME Master of Engineering students put their best feet forward presenting designs that were the culmination of their academic learning and their final NAME 591 Computer Aided Ship Design course.

The four teams of students had been tasked to create a ship design fulfilling a specific brief, and to not only involve engineering design, but also take budget and feasibility into account. The industry members in the audience were invited to ask technical questions, rank their favorite designs, and provide feedback. Their submissions were used to award a winning design, and MEng students on each team will receive an award according to the results:

1st place: EHS Ambulance Vessel

Team: Abby Jorgenson, Yves-Etienne Landry, Jeffrey Musal, Matthew Shaunessy
Project Mentors:  Hans Muhlert, Robert Allan Ltd.

This ship was designed to be a purpose-built BC Emergency Health Services Marine Transport Vessel providing marine transportation of patients, 24 hours a day. The vessel has the capacity for a Type III Ambulance, as well as an amphibious ramp, a stretcher lift, and a patient care area.

2nd place: BC Short Sea Shipping Vessel

Team: Manas Gothankar, James (Zetian) Wang, Yunxi Wang, Felix Wu
Project Mentor: Chris Mulder, Capilano Maritime Design Ltd.

This green articulated tug barge was designed to provide a more sustainable alternative for container transport along the BC Coastline than conventional trucking service. The vessel design uses methanol to hydrogen fuel cells, providing short sea shipping service that is economically competitive to road transport.

3rd place: Ro-Pax/Rescue Vessel for India

Team: Freya Feizitalarpoushti, Visal Katamaneni, Jaden Lithopoulos, Srisri Mugalur Lakshmanareddy
Project Mentors: Brenden Oke and Oleksiy Serdyuk, Vard Marine Inc.

This vessel was designed to be a roll on/roll off passenger ferry operating in the shallow waters of the Brahmaputra river. The design considers affordability in construction and operation, while addressing local safety hazards and having multipurpose rescue ability. It is a catamaran to maximize stability, and features a 360° bridge for optimal line of sight, as well as outboard engines with vectored thrust.

4th place: Low GHG Multi-Purpose Cargo Vessel for Norway

Team: Felix Dietrichson, Ryan (Zhong Jie) Lin, Robin Nalum, Karl Sandvik
Mentor: Jim Carr, Seaspan Shipyards Co.

This vessel is designed for offshore cargo transportation between the Germany and Norway that is profitable while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The design utilizes ammonia as a GHG-friendly fuel source, and also included a feasibility analysis of different marine fuel types over time, comparing blue ammonia (made from fossil fuels), green ammonia (created from renewable energy sources), and conventional marine diesel oil.

The UBC NAME Program would like to thank all of our industry mentors, Program Advisory Committee, and members of our marine community who came out to the Student Design Celebration and attended the livestream for supporting our students, and the next generation of naval architects and marine engineers!