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The Ranger IV Student Design Contest

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Date: October 17, 2017
Contact: Liz Valencia, (906) 487-7153

The Ranger IV Design Contest For Isle Royale National Park

Houghton, MI – The Grand Portage Band of Chippewa has been helping Isle Royale National Park with transportation planning for future visitors. The Band and the National Park Service (NPS) invite students to help develop a concept design for a new ship to service Isle Royale National Park, located in Lake Superior, from the park’s headquarters in Houghton, Michigan. This new vessel would replace the current passenger/cargo vessel, the M/V Ranger III. Details on the vessel’s mission are described in the Preliminary Owner’s Requirements. This project is envisioned as the first step in the process of designing a new ship.

Entries can be based on one of three options:

1) Redesign using the current hull configuration of the M/V Ranger III (a U.S. registered steel hull passenger ship of 648 gross tonnage, 165’ overall length, 35’ beam, and 15’ depth)

2) Create a layout using a common hull style

3) Create a unique design

Eligibility: Individual, group, or class entries are allowed. Students may be undergraduate or graduate level. Prizes won would be made to a single individual or entity. No person may submit more than one entry.

Award: The following prizes: First prize: $1500, Second prize: $1000, and Third prize, $500 will be awarded by the Grand Portage Band of Chippewa. Recognition of work in a maritime trade magazine article will be developed after the contest is over. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes and to reject any or all submissions.

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

See the full contest details at For more contest information contact the Grand Portage Band Representative, Jeff Henquinet, at  or (906) 281-2002.



Last updated: October 17, 2017

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