A fast ferry is a vessel capable of moving unusually quickly relative to its size, but which can only achieve this feat by the use of lightweight modern structural materials and engines having a high power/mass ratio. Examples of fast ferries include hydrofoils, hovercraft, and catamarans. This publication outlines the characteristics of various types of fast ferry designs and lists the advantages and drawbacks of each. It also summarizes worldwide operational experience with fast ferries and includes a table of characteristics of fast car ferries in service and being built.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • On cover: Prepared for BC Ferries.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Nigel Gee and Associates Limited

    Victoria, British Columbia,   Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 39 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 1996 12:00AM