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Ship of 2037 - Open for Submissions!

Goods and energy have been transported on ships for centuries.  While ships have gotten larger, and the distances greater, ship designs themselves haven’t changed that much throughout the years…until now.

We are in an era of unprecedented change where every aspect of a ship—its hull, cargo, bridge and accommodation design, its fuel, its communications and bridge management, its crewing and propulsion all need to be examined for efficiency and ability to meet the needs of the future.

NAMEPA (the North American Marine Environment Protection Association) was founded in 2007 with a mission to Save our Seas.  As part of our 15th anniversary celebration, we are mounting a poster contest for the Ship of 2037- or 15 years from now.  

All the elements of a ship in 2037 will need to be considered in the poster entry:

  • What will that ship look like?

  • What fuel will it use?  

  • What material will used to build it?  

  • What propulsion system will it feature?  

  • How many crew will be on board?  

  • What communications systems will be deployed?   

Submission Eligibility: 

  • Create a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board or heavy white drawing paper with the dimensions of  24” x 18” or 32” x 24” (61 cm x 46 cm or 81 cm x 61 cm) in the landscape orientation
  • Any art medium may be used
  • Artwork must be flat with no glued pieces
  • Any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked names will be disqualified
  • One entry per student is allowed
  • Upload a high-resolution digital photo of your poster along with a paragraph describing the vessel

Award & Prize:

Submissions must be received by September 1, 2022 and will be judged by the three major classification societies: ABS, DNV and Lloyd's Register. The winner will present their concept vessel at the NAMEPA Annual Conference and Marine Protection Awards Program being held on October 27th in New York City and receive their Award that evening.

Additionally, the winner will receive a prize of $500 and a Lifetime Membership in NAMEPA.

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