New FSPV Vessel Unveiled

FBM Babcock Marine recently unveiled the FSPV, a vessel under development for three years that the manufacturer describes as "a revolutionary new high speed passenger ferry, which promises to deliver pioneering rough condition seakeeping capability, coupled with speeds of up to 40 knots." FSPV incorporates the SWATH form with waterjets, and is designed to allow speeds of up to 40 knots to be maintained in sea conditions beyond a significant wave height of 3 m (relating to maximum wave heights beyond 5 m).

"This vessel is the answer for fast ferry operators who have problems maintaining their service schedules due to weather conditions, or have exposed routes where reliable high speed services have previously been unfeasible," said John Warbey, managing director, FBM Babcock Marine. "Development from FBM Babcock Marine's proven SWATH technology, with three previous slower vessels in service, the FSPV will provide reliability and continuity of service in high seas with passenger comfort being far superior to that offered by conventional multihulls or hydrofoils." The FSPV offers large deck areas enabling flexible seating layouts for about 400 passengers.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 62,  Jun 2003

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