Monday, February 09, 2009
Austal releases specs, interactive demo of the Joint High Speed Vessel, little sister to Superferry
by Larry Geller
It’s not a very high-tech demo, you just get to click on things and they tell you about them. But it’s interesting nevertheless. For example, the 45-degree ramp that permits loading vehicles and cargo from the stern or the side of the vessel. That would have been useful for the Superferry, wouldn’t it?
Austal was awarded a contract for the first JHSV on November 14, 2008. With options for up to nine additional ships and associated shore-based spares, the program is worth a potential $1.6 billion.
I wonder again if the Superferry is here to stay or if one day the losses won’t be worth it and it could just steal away in the night for a new paintjob and a new career.
Larry, no doubt you saw this quote from that MarineLog article:
"Though broadly similar to Austal designs such as the slightly larger Hawaii Superferry, it offers quite a few features not found on its commercial counterparts, weapons mounts among them." [Those weapons mounts are interesting, out on perches, easy targets for return fire.]
Also, JHSV-1 is about the same size as the 'Alakai' and only slightly smaller than the one people are calling the 'Koa'.