My problem with this article on new technology is that it is one page instead of a few volumes. It pains me to give only a summary description of several items but you will see they are all zingers that can surely change the industrial future. Since I know the people and companies mentioned, I have unique interest to discuss their creativity and can introduce you to their exciting worlds.
The company FastShip Atlantic is a creation of David Giles, an Englishman who adopted America during a career as an aeronautical engineer. When he saw slow rates of change to meet maritime transport needs, he switched attention to defining a new system for door-to-door freight with high speed shipping between Philadelphia and Cherbourg, able to deliver cargo in 92 hours at half the cost of airfreight. FastShip manages a consortium composed of IZAR, the Spanish ship builder; BP Marine; Cargolux; French and American port authorities; JP Morgan to assist the $4 billion financing; and Rolls Royce to provide gas turbines that runs water jet propulsion. The plan begins by building four ships with wave-breaker hull forms 870 feet long (130 foot beam and 33 foot draft) capable of cruising in excess of 40 knots in heavy (state 7) seas. The objective is to time arrivals to within 60 minutes in transatlantic crossings to eliminate demurrage costs, offload and reload in six hours, and make three sailings each way per week. Each 36,400-ton ship can carry 720 containers (40 foot) or 12,500 tons payload in stacks arranged on two, 80,000 square foot decks. Ships will preferentially use dedicated cargo handling terminals capable of moving 5,333 tons per hour net via self-propelled, wheeled trolleys. However, the system is fully capable of military sealift anywhere in the world without need for special terminals.