THE SURFACE EFFECT SHIP IN THE AMERICAN MERCHANT MARINE. PART 1 - AN ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY STUDY - FINAL REPORT

The report presents the performance and operating characteristics of the SES against a background of interisland, coastal, and inland waterway route data covering existing transportation systems, commodities carried, and the limitations due to the operational environment. The technique used in establishing the feasibility and operating economics follows the methodologies used in analyzing the cost-effectiveness of military weapon systems. First, routes, within the range capability of the SES, were established and specific environmental data obtained for each route. Second the performance and cost characteristics were evaluated and a number of parametric functions defined, so that an economic "model" of the operation of the SES could be programmed for a CDC 160-A computer. Results of this program were compared with the most promising routes having certain well-defined characteristics with respect to actual route limitations, so that realistic direct operating costs (DOC) could be established for a comparison with other means of transportation.(Author) (See also PB-181675)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Final rept, Part 1. On An Economic Feasibility Study of the 100 Ton MARAD Surface Effect Ship.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Booz-Allen Applied Research, Incorporated

    Florham Park, NJ  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1963-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 279 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00027686
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rept
  • Contract Numbers: MA-3232
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 1974 12:00AM