Edge: Fast Shipping

The Edge: Fast Shipping

The Fast Shipping Edge

Famed futurist Dr. Patrick Dixon on the revolutionary new role maritime transport is about to play in the future of world trade.

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Market Innovations

Technological innovations in both the transport and offshore oil industries could easily be adapted to allow the loading and unloading of Seaphantoms from transoceanic vessels in transforming the nature of the half billion dollars maritime shipping market.

Larger Ships, Fewer Ports

Worldwide bottlenecks result in billions of dollars in losses every year due to transport and loading/unloading delays stemming from congestion in the decreasing number of ports capable of handling ever larger container ships.

For example, in the US, by 2015 there will only be 7 ports in the entire country capable of handling the two new largest class container ships – 3 on the west coast and 4 on the east.

Shippers are already concerned by these newer class ships, fearing that the use of such mega ships will only serve to further exacerbate the problems with hub and spoke models that are at the heart of the congestion and pollution the world has been clamoring to get away from.

But what if 200 existing ports were suddenly made available thanks to the shallow draft of high speed, safe and reliable Seaphantoms operating out of a nationwide Intracoastal Shipping Network.

Intracoastal Shipping Networks

Putting Intracoastal Shipping Networks in place would redistribute the flow to multiple points causing landside congestion to ease while reducing costly in port delays as well as the accompanying harmful emissions.

This model affords more frequent yet shorter direct routes, increasing throughput while increasing employment, including many cargo handlers et al that will benefit from shorter commutes.

And it’s at this point we would like to introduce our solution to what has been the missing link in the intermodal supply chain: The Seaphantom Exocette high speed container vessel.

Exocette Operations

Exocettes and Motherships

To truly achieve the promise of intracoastal shipping networks, swarms of smaller, high-speed Seaphantom EXOCETTE express cargo craft would be deployed from offshore large container “motherships”.

This model would eliminate the bottlenecks of the hub and spoke system while offering shippers a fast and reliable solution to their logistical needs.

In addition, this model would obviate the need for cash-strapped ports and governments from having to raise the billions of dollars to create the costly new infrastructure necessary to accommodate the ultra large container ships while still allowing the transport companies to benefit from the efficiencies they have sought in building them.

Self-Loading Container Ships

Using ship mounted gantry cranes, Seaphantoms can be deployed and then replaced with an outbound vessel, maximizing the efficiency of load on, load off cargo.

Float On/Float Off

Semi-submersible vessels used to transport yachts, oil platforms etc provide the capability of fast and easy float on float off, transforming the vessel into a mothership capable of pickup and delivery at sea or off any coastline.

Example: semi-submersible market leader Dockwise currently transports 18 yachts worth 154 million in yachts for $100k /yacht in its 600 ft long bay

Lift On/Lift Off

New technologies such as that employed by the US Navy have led to the ability to offload cargo from one ship to another with stabilizers permitting safe and stable transfers.

Sea Cranes

Massive cranes used in constructing oil platforms could be deployed off coastlines where they could be used to deploy Seaphantoms from cargo vessels as large as ultra-large container ships.

Capital/Operating Costs

Coming Soon

Ultra Large Container Ship
Ultra Large Container Ship

Proposed Intracoastal Shipping Network

Port #
ID #
Location
State
East Coast
001E-001EastportME
002E-002CutlerME
003E-003MachiasME
004E-004JonesboroME
005E-005JonesportME
006E-006HarringtonME
007E-007MilbridgeME
008E-008Corea HarborME
009E-009Winter HarborME
010E-010Bar HarborME
011E-011BangorME
012E-012ThomastonME
013E-013South BristolME
014E-014NewcastleME
015E-015RocklandME
016E-016PortlandME
017E-017PortsmouthNH
018E-018HamptonNH
019E-019NewburyportMA
020E-020GloucesterMA
021E-021ManchesterMA
022E-022SalemMA
023E-023LynnMA
024E-024BostonMA
025E-025ProvincetownMA
026E-026FalmouthMA
027E-027New BedfordMA
028E-028Fall RiverMA
029E-029ProvidenceRI
030E-030Quonset PointRI
031E-031NewportRI
032E-032ClintonCT
033E-033New LondonCT
034E-034New HavenCT
035E-035BridgeportCT
036E-036StamfordCT
037E-037MontaukNY
038E-038New RochelleNY
039E-039Stony PointNY
040E-040YonkersNY
041E-041Port of New YorkNY
042E-042Port of TacomaNY
043E-043StapletonNY
044E-044Port ElizabethNJ
045E-045BayonneNJ
046E-046Perth AmboyNJ
047E-047Barnegat BayNJ
048E-048Cape MayNJ
049E-049SalemNJ
050E-050Port NorrisNJ
051E-051CamdenNJ
052E-052RiversideNJ
053E-053BurlingtonNJ
054E-054BristolPA
055E-055TullytownPA
056E-056PhiladelphiaPA
057E-057ChesterPA
058E-058New CastleDE
059E-059WilmingtonDE
060E-060BaltimoreMD
061E-061AnnapolisMD
062E-062Havre de GraceMD
063E-063RichmondVA
064E-064HopewellVA
065E-065Newport NewsVA
066E-066PortsmouthVA
067E-067NorfolkVA
068E-068Virginia BeachVA
069E-069Elizabeth CityNC
070E-070GreenvilleNC
071E-071New BernNC
072E-072BeaufortNC
073E-073Morehead CityNC
074E-074SwansboroNC
075E-075JacksonvilleNC
076E-076WilmingtonNC
077E-077Myrtle BeachSC
078E-078GeorgetownSC
079E-079CharlestonSC
080E-080BeaufortSC
081E-081SavannahGA
082E-082BrunswickGA
083E-083Fernandina BeachFL
084E-084JacksonvilleFL
085E-085LakesideFL
086E-086Green CoveFL
087E-087St AugustineFL
088E-088Daytona BeachFL
089E-089Port CanaveralFL
090E-090Palm BayFL
091E-091Vero BeachFL
092E-092Fort PierceFL
093E-093Jensen BeachFL
094E-094JupiterFL
095E-095StuartFL
096E-096Port SalernoFL
097E-097JupiterFL
098E-098Palm BeachFL
099E-099LantanaFL
100E-100Gulf StreamFL
101E-101Boca RatonFL
102E-102Fort LauderdaleFL
103E-103AventuraFL
104E-104Port EvergladesFL
105E-105MiamiFL
106E-106Coral GablesFL
107E-107Key LargoFL
Gulf Coast
108G-001Fort MyersFL
109G-002Port CharlotteFL
110G-003BradentonFL
111G-004St. PetersburgFL
112G-005TampaFL
113G-006ClearwaterFL
114G-007HudsonFL
115G-008Crystal RiverFL
116G-009Cedar KeyFL
117G-010SuwaneeFL
118G-011Horseshoe BeachFL
119G-012SteinhatcheeFL
120G-013St MarksFL
121G-014CarabelleFL
122G-015EastpointFL
123G-016ApalachicolaFL
124G-017Port St JoeFL
125G-018Panama CityFL
126G-019ValparaisoFL
127G-020PensacolaFL
128G-021Gulf ShoresAL
129G-022MobileAL
130G-023PascagoulaMS
131G-024BiloxiMS
132G-025GulfportMS
133G-026SlidellMS
134G-027New OrleansLA
135G-028Morgan CityLA
136G-029Lake CharlesLA
137G-030Port ArthurTX
138G-031BeaumontTX
139G-032HoustonTX
140G-033GalvestonTX
141G-034FreeportTX
142G-035Port LavacaTX
143G-036Corpus ChristiTX
144G-037BrownsvilleTX
West Coast
145W-001BellinghamWA
146W-002EverettWA
147W-003BremertonWA
148W-004SeattleWA
149W-005TacomaWA
150W-006OlympiaWA
151W-007Grays HarborWA
152W-008KalamaWA
153W-009LongviewWA
154W-010VancouverWA
155W-011PortlandOR
156W-012AstoriaOR
157W-013NewportOR
158W-014Coos BayOR
159W-015Port OrfordOR
160W-016Gold BeachOR
161W-017BrookingsOR
162W-018Crescent CityCA
163W-019Humboldt BayCA
164W-020SacramentoCA
165W-021StocktonCA
166W-022MendocinoCA
167W-023PittsburgCA
168W-024AntiochCA
169W-025Rio VistaCA
170W-026Bodega BayCA
171W-027VallejoCA
172W-028San RafaelCA
173W-029SausalitoCA
174W-030Foster CityCA
175W-031AlamedaCA
176W-032HaywardCA
177W-033RichmondCA
178W-034OaklandCA
179W-035San FranciscoCA
180W-036South San FranciscoCA
181W-037San JoseCA
182W-038PacificaCA
183W-039Half Moon BayCA
184W-040MontereyCA
185W-041Santa CruzCA
186W-042Morro BayCA
187W-043Pismo BeachCA
188W-044Santa BarbaraCA
189W-045Port HuenemeCA
190W-046Los AngelesCA
191W-047Long BeachCA
192W-048Newport BeachCA
193W-049Dana PointCA
194W-050San ClementaCA
195W-051EncinitasCA
196W-052OceansideCA
197W-053La JollaCA
198W-054San DiegoCA
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