M/V Tanner Christened In Texas
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Galveston District recently christened a unique 48-ft. (14.6-m) vessel for use at its moorage facility. The 48-ft. utilizes the uniquely innovative Stolkraft hull form, and will be put into service surveying the coastal waterways in the Galveston District. Art Anderson Associates assessed the match of the Stolkraft hull to the Gaveston District's specific requirements for a survey launch, and provided the plans and specifications for the Tanner's design.
The Stolkraft is a hull form, patented worldwide, with applications to highspeed vessels. The hull consists of a trimaran shape forward that transforms into a catamaran aft. As the vessel moves forward, it forces air beneath the scoops formed by the tri-hulled forebody. The air acts as a cushion that decreases frictional resistance, provides additional lift, and decreases fuel consumption. Tanner's design provides the capability to operate in higher, rougher sea conditions than is possible with the Galveston District's current survey launches.