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From the Scottish Herald -

Ferry of the future can outrun a frigate

She's so quick she can outrun a frigate. A Scottish-led international team of engineers yesterday unveiled the car ferry of the future, a giant capable of carrying 2000 passengers at 38 knots and, perhaps, saving Europe's shipbuilding industry.
Designers from 13 nations have spent six years perfecting Fast Ropax thanks to revolutionary software developed and managed at Strathclyde University.
The ship is the product of an £8m experiment to allow engineers from different countries and yards to work together and share expertise. And it seems to have worked.
The theory, backed by the European Union, is that the new "virtual shipyard" developed at Strathclyde will help designers iron out mistakes that emerge when they work on their own.
The ferry still does not have a buyer, despite successful trials of models. The computer platform that created her, however, has a real future, and could be adapted to develop other technologies.


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British Columbia Ferry sevice have just given the go ahead to have two double ended car ferries built in a german yard, which they claim , when completed ,will be the biggest double ended ferries in the world? (Hippy)
 
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