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Gizcast #10: The world's best boat design?

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September 9, 2009

Gizcast #10: Austal's trimaran - the world's best boat design?

Gizcast #10: Austal's trimaran - the world's best boat design?

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As the Gizcast breaks double figures, Michael Mulcahy speaks to Tony Armstrong of Austal, a West Australian shipbuilding company that's leading the world in the construction of fast ferries. Austal has just signed some huge contracts with the U.S. Navy thanks to its revolutionary trimaran ship design that delivers an almost miraculous set of benefits over traditional single hull and catamaran designs. Geoffrey Baird's also got a roundup of top stories from the Gizmag.com homepage. Presented by Loz Blain.

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Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain
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great to have the podcasts back .. where have you been ?

t2af
9th September, 2009 @ 08:07 am PDT

This vessel would be truly fuel efficient if it was powered by 1 of these engines rather than 3. The comparison that Austal is making is that 3 are more fuel efficient than 4 engines, but 2 is too many. Just one of these engines burns about 1000 gallons of MDO per hour. Their standard propulsion on most of their HSV's is 2 of these engines for about 2000 gallons of MDO burned per hour. The 102M would burn about 3000 gallons of MDO per hour. That's a little more than $9000 per hour at current MDO prices. The routes that these ships take around the world are usually more than an hour. They gotta have steady business to make it work. Even in Japan last year, a company didn't have enough business to justify it with just 2 of these comparable engines. The most telling part of this story that I noticed was that they are building this vessel without a known buyer? Is that true? This vessel is a monument to the profligate habits of a pre-peak oil world.

Brad Parsons
10th September, 2009 @ 09:51 am PDT

Correction:

Fuel efficiency is all relative. This vessel would be truly fuel efficient if it was powered by 2 of these engines rather than 3. The comparison that Austal is making is that 3 are more fuel efficient than 4 engines, but 3 are still too many. Just one of these engines burns about 500 gallons of MDO per hour. Their standard propulsion on most of their HSV's is 4 of these engines for about 2000 gallons of MDO burned per hour. The 102M would burn about 1500 gallons of MDO per hour. That's a little more than $4500 per hour at current MDO prices. The routes that these ships take around the world are usually more than an hour. They gotta have steady business to make it work. Even in Japan last year, a company didn't have enough business to justify the fuel expense with comparable vessels. The most telling part of this story that I noticed was that they are building this vessel without a known buyer? Is that true? This vessel is still a monument to the profligate habits of a pre-peak oil world.

Brad Parsons
13th September, 2009 @ 12:18 am PDT
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