Surface Effect Ships for Commerce.
SURFACE EFFECT SHIPS PROJECT OFFICE BETHESDA MD
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Ships using the surface effect principle have been suggested as a means of improving the transport of U.S. international commerce. The functional principles of the surface effect ships SES appear to offer an avenue for developing transoceanic vehicles potentially capable of filling a gap in the spectrum of services now afforded by displacement ships and aircraft. The magnitude and complexity of the developments necessary to achieve a full-scale evaluation of the potentialities of large SES prompted the Department of Commerce to conduct a vigorous review of the technological problems involved in such an undertaking. The study was conducted by the Surface Effect Ships for Ocean Commerce SESOC Committee and five supporting Panels. The membership included 40 volunteer scientists and engineers of national stature from industry, education, and Government.
- Marine Engineering