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The five selected sites that are adjacent to deep seawater are remote from each other and occupy places which are not easily accessible by land because of the poor condition of Haiti 's road network. For this reason, we propose to have these sites connected to the coastal cities, towns and villages of the country by sea transportation and thus use the sea as Haiti 's main highway. We are well aware that the sea has not been too kind to Haitians; indeed, during the last few years thousands of them perished in the wrecks of unreliable and slow ferryboats which are so unstable that the passengers often become seasick and desire to get back on land.

Therefore, there is an urgent need for Haiti with its irregular shoreline of 1770 kilometers and many natural harbors to acquire ferryboats that combine high speed, stability and affordability. These factors are combined in the SLICE ship, so named for the way the ship moves through rough waters. The SLICE ship, designed, built and tested by Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a drastic departure from conventional mono-hull forms. It is a speedier variant of the SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) design.

The SLICE ship is similar to traditional SWATH vessels except that instead of two teardrop-shaped submerged hulls the SLICE vessel has four underwater lower mini-hulls that act as mini-submarines, which produce less drag. This structure allows the Slice hull to reduce wave-making resistance at high speeds by up to 35% compared to a SWATH of the same displacement. The SLICE ship has the same stable ride as a SWATH vessel, but can go faster with the same horsepower.


SWATH adventure cruise boat, Navatek II, developed by Lockheed Martin
   
Indeed, this craft is characterized by very stable operations at speeds above 30 knots in waters with wave heights of up to 12 feet (compared to 6 feet for hovercraft). The waves swirl beneath the primary hull of the ship. These attributes combine to create an optimum small, affordable ship that operates at high speed in high seas with outstanding stability.
 

 

The high speed SLICE ship is scalable and can be configured with a passenger-only module carrying up to 400 passengers and used as a fast commuter ferry on which passengers would not get seasick. It can also be configured to accommodate a mixed load of passengers and merchandise. Moreover, all this vessel needs to dock is a pier. Therefore, we propose to use a small fleet of high speed SLICE ferryboats to link the five sites with deep ocean water (DOW) systems to the ports of Haiti .

 

 

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