MSI Conducting Tests For Proposed Canadian Ferry With Voith Schneider Propulsion

MarineSafety International, New York, N.Y. is conducting tests for Transport Canada and the Northumberland Ferry Company for a proposed 100-meter-long ferry boat to operate between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

The new ferry will be powered by a Voith Schneider propulsion system, the same type that is used by the Staten Island Ferry which transports passengers between Manhattan and Staten Island. The unique Voith Schneider propulsion system enables a vessel to turn in its own length.

Capt. J o hn Maudlin of the Staten Island Ferry is helping to fine tune the response of the simulated ferry boat to its control system and to wind and current forces.

Using a visual and hydrographic simulation of the Wood Island Terminal, MarineSafety conducted a series of tests with the simulated ferry boat to determine its ability to enter the breakwater and to turn around and enter its berth stern first. Over thirty trial runs were made by Northumberland captains with winds varying in velocity up to 80 mph and with currents across the breakwater entrance of up to three knots.

The ship simulator located at the LaGuardia Airport Marine Terminal, can replicate the handling characteristics of any type of vessel in any body of water in the world. In addition to research studies, the MSI ship simulator is used to provide refresher shiphandling training for over 300 ships' officers per year.

For additional information on MarineSafety International and their ship simulator, Circle 20 on Reader Service Card Or, for further information on the Voith Schneider propulsion system, Circle 21 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 77,  Dec 1985

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