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High-Speed Monohull Focused Technology Development Project
The objective of this project is the development of a high-speed monohull ship. The specific project objectives are (1) to develop innovative designs for fast commercial cargo and passenger ships, (2) to enhance worldwide U.S. commercial-shipbuilding competitiveness by reducing ship design and construction time and cost, and (3) to integrate commercial-shipbuilding capability and secure contracts for new ship types. Funding is $600,000 over a 24-month period. The performers are Bath Iron Works Corporation, Bath, Maine; General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York; Kværner Masa Marine, Inc., Annapolis, Maryland; and American Automar, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Medium-Sized Multipurpose Ship
The objective of this project is development of a medium-sized, multipurpose ship. This wide-beam, shallow-draft vessel is intended to service short and medium length ocean routes and smaller ports of the current ocean trade. Its high beam/draft ratio, cargo self-unloading, and high maneuverability capabilities make it ideal for this purpose. This project includes a concept design study that will incorporate enhanced propulsion and manning-reduction concepts with a detailed market study. The project is funded for $400,000 over a 24-month period. The performers are Halter Marine, Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi; Pacific Marine Leasing, Inc., Portland, Oregon; Connell Finance Company, Inc., Westfield, New Jersey; and Fisker-Anderson and Whalen, Seattle, Washington.
23,000-Ton Container/Bulk Carrier
The objective of this project is to develop a state-of-the-art, self-sustaining, 23,000-DWT multipurpose carrier for the dry-cargo market. The design will include a maximum-cubic-capacity cargo hold for grains, a structural design that enables alternate loading of ores, wide-hatch openings for container and unitized cargo, a long hold for pipes and other steel products, self-unloading of bulk cargo, cargo gear capable of handling containers and/or unitized and general cargo, a modernized engine room and controls, and an advanced bridge featuring integrated navigation and advanced communication systems. Funding is for $1 million over a 24-month period. The performers are Halter Marine, Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi; Connell Finance Company, Inc., Westfield, New Jersey; and Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Ltd., Japan.
Multipurpose Dry-Cargo Ship Design/Process Development
The objective of this project is to develop a commercially competitive contract design for a multipurpose dry-cargo ship. This design offers a plan for the