Seawork exhibitor seeks crossing record
The Maricuda Atlantic Challenger is being designed to cross the Atlantic in under two days.
Seawork exhibitor Maricuda Ltd is a new marine design and technology company with a naval architect designed portfolio of marine concepts.
The company is currently assembling for the Maricuda Atlantic Challenge (MAC) a diverse range of sponsors, manufacturers and marine suppliers to create an extremely innovative design led vessel.
The Maricuda project to win the Hales Trophy, the Blue Riband of the Atlantic, has gained significant momentum recently with its association and assistance from General Electric, Renk, Wartsila and Devonport Yachts. The design process of the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger, the craft that is being designed to cross the Atlantic in under two days, is closer to becoming a reality.
The remarkable ‘superyacht’ that is being developed will enable ocean going craft to travel thousands of miles without re-fuelling, at almost twice the current acknowledged speeds. The structure and mechanical components are currently undergoing rigorous stress analysis to prove that this new marine engineering technology will work on the day.
The Maricuda team, led by managing director David Aitken MSc, recently visited the Devonport Yachts, Pendennis Shipbuilding yard in Falmouth with a BBC cameraman to record the excellent progress this project is making.
The merits of halving the crossing time for ocean travel could see currently air freighted cargo return to the seas, consequently reviving harbours and ports around the world. Passenger ferry operators could travel further or travel the current distance in half the time. International borders can be better protected. Drug enforcement agencies could excel. Offshore energy sites could be swiftly serviced. The military and rescue services could perform with even more remarkable efficiency.
Maricuda has set its sights on introducing this radical new technology as soon as investors and/or sponsors are ‘on board’. To prove the engineering and showcase the new technology, the Maricuda Atlantic Challenger will secure the Hales Trophy. This challenge, the Blue Riband, is the ultimate speed event for man and machine, a 3,500 mile crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest time ever.
To meet the team planning to make it happen, visit Maricuda on Stand SB77 at the Seawork 2011
[This article first appeared in Maritime Journal]