Sunday, April 6, 2008

HI Superferry: MIT Masters Thesis on this issue

I was reviewing the Break Even Analysis on this, see:

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In that process, I came across the following thesis again. I actually mentioned it in my testimony on Act. 2 to the Belt Collins BA's, but I think it went "in one ear and out the other." This thesis is about selection of type of ferry vessel based upon things like route, conditions, speed, engine power, fuel consumption, etc. It is exactly what was not done appropriately here.

A very interesting MIT Masters Degree thesis on ferry selection. I cite it here:

"Assessing High Speed Waterborne (HSW) Services, Based on Synthetic Aspects of Route Characteristics, Transport Economy, and Vessel Performance"
LEONIDAS M. TH. KAMBANIS File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat...break even analysis...'Superferry II'

Leonidas Kambanis did another thesis for a second Masters Degree at MIT that is also very interesting. It is "Analysis and Modeling of Power Transmitting Systems for Advanced Marine Vehicles"
And is about the selection of propulsion systems for advanced marine vehicles taking into consideration design, cost-benefit, and propulsion for the needed purpose.

It is my belief that a commercial ferry for Hawaii should have about half the engine power of the Alakai and burn about half its fuel from a cost-benefit standpoint, given the route distances involved here. And that the design sould be a trimaran along the lines of Incat designs rather than the catamaran design of the Alakai, esp. for JHSV purposes. More on this later.

Aloha, Brad

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