Elliott Bay Design Group

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Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is a full-service, employee-owned naval architecture and marine engineering firm that supports owners, operators, and shipyards. EBDG combines naval architecture and marine engineering capabilities with analytical and design skills to deliver comprehensive solutions.

We have built a robust and experienced team that provides complete design, engineering and consulting services. Staff members have expertise in structures, mechanical systems, electrical power distribution, controls, instrumentation, and habitability outfit.

EBDG has been active in passenger vessel design since our company's origins in the late 1920's. As one of the recognized leaders in vehicle ferry design, we have designed more ferries than any other firm in the United States. EBDG has supported ferry operators in Alaska, British Columbia, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

EBDG is strongly committed to the ferry industry. We can point to a broad range of vessels in service from small cable ferries with a capacity of six autos to large double-ended ferries capable of transporting more than 360 vehicles. Our firm's success derives from a thorough understanding of passenger vessels, their technology and the needs of public agencies as they plan, procure and maintain major assets such as ferry boats.

Alternative Propulsion

Many owners and operators have recognized the potential of alternative propulsion systems such as hybrid and electric power to more efficiently operate their fleet of vessels. Key drivers for this trend include US and international regulations, economic benefit, corporate responsibility efforts and concern for the environment. EBDG is actively involved in the design of fuel-efficient electric and hybrid vessels, including short-run ferries operating on fixed routes. Our current work has given us insight into the latest technology and equipment, which is advancing at a record pace.

Subsequently, we have relationships with hybrid and battery technology industry leaders from around the world.

Not sure where to begin?

We suggest starting with a hybridization feasibility study to evaluate your specific route profile, shoreside infrastructure, capital costs, operating costs, emissions, and regulatory mandates that may impact the propulsion selection process. We work with our customers to understand the key motivators that will drive their decisions. EBDG has conducted multiple hybrid feasibility studies for vessel owners and operators.


(206) 782-3082 |

Twitter                 @ElliottBayDG

John Waterhouse, PE
Principal & Founder

John Reeves, PE
Director of Business Development