FastShip — New Wave in Global Transportation

Murnaghan, Peter
June 2002
Logistics & Transport Focus;Jun2002, Vol. 4 Issue 5, p44
Trade Publication
This article provides information on the Fastship sea vessel, which according to inventor David Laurent Giles will transform the transatlantic crossing for high-value, time-sensitive freight. The ship is a combination of revolutionary ship design and material handling systems at the ports. Powered by five Rolls-Royce gas turbines each driving a water jet, the vessel promises to cut through even the roughest seas at a speed of up to 40 knots. The key to its reliability and speed is not simply down to the design of the ship. The planed loading system at the ports of Philadelphia, New Jersey and Chebourg, France, will provide a six-hour turnaround time, compared with up to 8 hours in common-user terminals.


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