Faculty Advisor

Hou, Zhikun

Faculty Advisor

Kinicki, Robert


Hong Kong, China


This project assesses the feasibility of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum to berth a historic ship at Central Pier 8 in Victoria Harbour to be used as a permanent 'floating' exhibition. Our team examined all pertinent maritime laws and undertook a comprehensive review of harbour movements, pier loading conditions, and best-practice safety guidelines. Interviews with local experts facilitated determining cost estimates for vessel purchase, maintenance, typhoon sheltering, and fendering. A team survey estimated the price the public is willing to pay to see such an exhibit and determined that a tall ship or junk were the most popular options. It was concluded that exhibition feasibility is highly dependent on current uncertainties over a set of technical, market, and financial conditions.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Project Center

Hong Kong, China