Economic Advantages will soon compel marine operators to adopt "Wing-In-Surface-Effect" (WISE) Vessels for medium-to-long range routes. Many of those who venture into this ultra-fast-ferry field will make very good profits in providing transportation services to meet an ever-increasing market demand. Wingship, Inc. is the developer of the Hoverplane breakthrough hybrid design.
What are these Economic Advantages attributed to WISE-Vessels and their operations?
- Lower power requirements
75% lower fuel consumption than ships of comparable capacity.
- Up to 50% more payload and as much as 30% less fuel than airplanes of comparable capacity.
- Lower infrastructure requirements than most other forms of transportation.
WISE-Vessels are ultra-fast in cruise-speed operations. Vessel speeds are comparable to airplanes of similar size and capacity, 100 to 300+ knots depending on size and power plant applied to the vessel. Small to medium size WISE-Vessels will use internal combustion engines driving ducted propellers due to the applicability of this propulsion to this speed range at sea level. Larger commercial ferry WISE-Vessels will use turbo-props for their low-weight and high-output combination.
WISE-Vessels are exceptionally efficient because they off the water surface and on the dense surface effect cushion of air. By being off the surface, these vessels eliminate the need to plow the hull through the water or even keep power up for planing hull operation. They are literally operating completely in the air fluid, which being 800 times less dense, has far less drag than any surface-borne vessel.
Scientists and engineers agree that WISE-Vessels actually can provide the lowest cost transportation solution known. Whether on a cost-per-ton-mile or cost-per-passenger-mile basis, the economic advantages of low operations costs provide tremendous incentive for transportation operators to utilize this technology.
Collectively, there is huge and well identified market potential for the Hoverplane WISE-Vessels. There is an immediate market demand for medium-size Hoverplanes, i.e. 20 - 50 passengers or 5 - 20 tons of cargo serving the marine transport gap of
300 +miles for coastal and inter-island transportation of business-people, tourists, commuters, and sight-seers alike. Ultimately the Company foresees large Hoverplanes which can cover long distance, i.e. 1,000 + miles and even transoceanic ultra-fast passage. These large WISE-Vessels have already been specified for commercial passenger and cargo, as well as massive troop and materiel movements in military uses. Very large payloads, i.e. 2,000 + passengers or 300+ tons in shipping containers are envisioned and conceptually designed.
In February 1995, the global transportation authorities finally agreed that WISE-Vessels are to be classified as marine vessels and regulated by International Maritime Organization (IMO).