A method of increasing a ship's icebreaking effectiveness, that requires minimum ship modification, has been developed. Full-scale tests on a self-supporting air cushion platform pushed by an icebreaker demonstrated significant improvements in the ship's ability to continuously transit Great Lakes ice, showing dramatic fuel savings. The air cushion bow platform concept offers great potential to extend operating seasons in ice-covered waters by providing conventional ships with a previously unobtainable ice transiting capability.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the 9th Annual OTC in Houston, Texas, May 2-5 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Offshore Technology Conference

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  • Authors:
    • Snyder, J C
    • Ball, M
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00158035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V4, OTC 3002 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM