SWATH ship

SWATH ship

[′swath ‚ship]
(naval architecture)
A ship consisting of a component below the surface that has most of the buoyant volume, a component above the surface that contains most of the usable volume, and struts that connect these two volumes and pierce the surface. Acronym for small-waterplane-area twin-hull ship.
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got first close look at exotic SWATH ship technology back in mid-70s when company officials rode NOSC-developed SWATH Kaimalino.
The Navy's first Swath ship will be an oceanographic vessel called Agor 26.
A small Swath ship is more stable than most larger ships, said Harris.
But the clincher was when I rode on the Navy SWATH ship," he says.
SWATH ships, especially, provide a highly stable platform for a relatively small hull, allowing cost-effective work to be performed in locations and at times not before possible.
Contract notice: Repairs swath ships (522-2014-0340).