SHIPDX 2018 sum up

SHIPDX 2018 – The first and only competition for Naval Architecture students in Romania

The first specialised naval architecture competition for university students, SHipDX (Ship Design Exercise) has taken place on Friday 8th June 2018. This competition is organized and sponsored by GLO MARINE, in partnership with the Faculty of Naval Architecture, Dunarea de Jos University, Galati.


The theme of this first edition was the Design and General Arrangement of a leisure catamaran.
The students had to approach both theoretical and practical aspects, with the purpose of proposing a small leisure ship concept which is in line with the current industry trends, both in terms of engineering solutions and commercial guidelines.

The main driver behind organizing this competition was to challenge students to come up with a practical design theme in a complex, real life situation. Together with university professors we identified the need for students to develop their technical skills and test their teamwork and innovation skills when faced with the challenge of designing a product rather than discussing a theoretical concept.


The competition was launched on 8th March – the news was so well received that 14 teams (each formed of 3 students) registered their interest. The competition had 3 stages: 2 initial presentations during which the jury assessed the project development and offered support and one final presentation held on 8th June. The final presentation was attended by students, professors and local media.

Out of 14 teams, 3 made it to the final. The teams really came together and pitched their ideas in professional and engaging manner. The proposals were not only focused on technical details and specialized calculations, but the teams also proved their entrepreneurial skills and commercial acumen by showing promotional videos, brochures and even presenting miniature replicas of their concept.

The judges assessing the presentations were: The Dean of the Faculty of Naval Architecture, Prof. Dr. Ing. Costel Iulian Mocanu, the Chief of Works Dr. Ing. Eugen Gavan, and the 4 associates of GLO MARINE.


The teams were scored on technical aspects such as compliance with project requirements, on presentation format but also on feasibility of project being presented to a real-life client.

The winners went above and beyond and that got them 1st prize. They contacted industry professionals for advice during the project, their design was done according to classification society rules and the proposed hull shape could pass for commercial design . We were impressed with their creativity. The 2 runner-up teams were in a tie and they both got 2nd place prizes.


First place (Winner of Best Project) – 1000 euros – PEAKY BUILDERS: Lupoae Laurenţiu Alexandru, Tudor Ovidiu Cosmin, Căluian Mihai
2nd place (Innovation Award) – 250 euros – YOUTH CREW: Cardaș Gabriel, Alin Droahnă Nicușor, Ionescu Alin Gabriel
2nd place (Innovation Award) – 250 euros – SHEEP DESIGN: Niculache Alecsandru Mihail Purice Marius Cosmin, Stan Cristian


We’re happy with how successful the first edition of ShipDX turned out: the innovative teams, the motivated judges and the engaged media. So much so that a second edition of ShipDX is coming up in 2019, with even more teams, more prizes and more industry sponsors.

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If you are interested in the ShipDX 2019 Edition, we should have updated information by the end of 2018, on our dedicated PAGE.