The innovative design, created by Naval Architect Naviform Consulting and Research Ltd, is owned by American Patriot Container Transport LLC (APCT). The design includes two U.S. Patents, with additional patents pending in Europe. The first patent includes the Exoskeleton Hull Structure, which significantly reduces the lightship weight allowing for maximum container payload. The vessel also includes a patented No Wake Bow Structure that allows the vessel to transit in the inland waterways at speeds of 13 mph with essentially no wake. APCT has entered into an Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Naviform for use and Sub-Licensing of these patents. APCT believes these patents will have worldwide appeal.
The container vessels planned for Mississippi River service can range from 592 ft to 952 ft in overall length, all with a beam of 100 ft. The respective designs have a Deadweight ranging from 9489 to 16079 Long Tons and a TEU capacity ranging from 1824 to 2960 TEU.
These vessels will revolutionize inland marine transportation of containers by giving shippers un-paralleled cost efficiencies and a reliable liner service, utilizing LNG as the main propulsion fuel. The propulsion system consists of four (4) diesel generators (2880 KW ea.) driving four (4) main azimuthing drives and two (2) bow pumps, which will eliminate the need for docking and undocking tug assist without compromising safety.
The planned Mississippi River system will run between a main container terminal in the Plaquemines Port, between mile 50 and 55, and two upriver ports planned for Memphis and St. Louis.
Focus cargoes for both import and export will include dry goods, chemicals, agricultural products, refrigerated and frozen foods.
See “Recent News” on PPHTD (Plaquemines Port) and APH’s Announcement to Develop the Intermodal Container Port.
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