The failure of fast ferry catamaran technology in New Zealand and Hawaii

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Lohmann, GM & Trischler, J 2012, 'The failure of fast ferry catamaran technology in New Zealand and Hawaii', Journal of Transportation Technologies, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 102-112.

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Fast ferry catamarans have been in use for several decades. They possess the advantage of overcoming one of the major deficiencies of water transportation: low speed. Although their operation has spread throughout different parts of the world, an overall analysis of the implementation and failures of this technology remains underdeveloped in the transport literature. This paper presents and compares two unsuccessful experiences of the use of fast ferry catamarans in New Zealand and Hawaii. Although both attempts possess major differences in terms of their contexts, particularly regarding competition, regulatory and environmental issues, some of the common lessons learned from both experiences can significantly contribute to a better understanding of this water transport technology and the challenges involved in its operation.

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