CONCEPTS EXPLORED IN THE GULFSPAN FERRY DESIGN

This paper is a summary of the alternatives studied for the new large seagoing ferries required for the service between North Sydney, Nova Scotia and Port-Aux-Basques in Newfoundland. A seasonally varying load of passengers, cars and tractor-trailers was expected, justifying a large fast vessel. Studies were made to compare costs of a one-truck-deck/one-car-deck vessel with a two truck-deck vessel, of diesel and gas turbine propulsion, and of a split-stern hull versus a conventional-stern hull. Subsequently, further studies were carried out for a vessel with a smaller load, beam and speed. The effect of these new constraints is described. Special reference is made to the need for extra care in estimates of weights, centers and damaged stability, when the constraints sail close to the margins.

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    • Presented at the May 14, 1977 meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of SNAME.
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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Farrell, K P
  • Publication Date: 1978-7

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  • Accession Number: 00179626
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1978 12:00AM