The Incat shipyard, located in Australia has recently finished building what they call the world’s fastest ship.

Just because ships are bulky, doesn’t mean they have to be slow.

The Incat shipyard, located in Australia has recently finished building what they call the world’s fastest ship.
Named Francisco, two GE gas turbines rest on top of Boeing 747 engines, which power a set of water jets.
The turbines produce a combined 59,000 horse power. They will turn a gearbox which drives an impeller. Those actions generate a water jet.
A program manager with GE Power and Water stated “We had to redesign the fuel manifold and the fuel delivery system. But we have of a lot of experience in the marine environment. We’ve accumulated millions of hours powering ships, oil and gas rigs, and other equipment.”
Capable of traveling 67 miles per hour, it is classified as a passenger and vehicle ferry, able to carry up to 150 cars and 1,000 human passengers. There is also a duty-free store onboard the ship.
Not only is the ship incredibly fast, it also uses liquefied natural gas as the primary fuel source making it environmentally friendly.

31 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, Boeing doesn't make engines though they did try to design a small gas turbine in the early 1960s. I worked there in propulsion for 32 years. Boeing doesn't even buy jet engines–the airlines buy them directly from GE, Pratt, Rolls or CFM. This boat uses GE CF6 engines, with the fan removed and replaced with a water jet. CF6s were originally designed in the 1960s to power Lockheed's C5A Air Force Transport.Boeing did design a C-14 Air Force Transport prototype with one CF6 mounted atop each wing for short take off and landing (STOL)–the contract went to Douglas's C-14 prototype, which used four PW2000 turbofans (also used on 757s). It's now called the C-17.

  2. Nonsense! Engines of 747 are turbofans, you know, with big ducted propellers. Not at all like turboshaft engines. What BS!
    OTOH, check out GE's LM-2500 family of marine gas turbines (turboshafts), that do not have that big fan. Like used on USN Burke-class DDGs. Maroons!

  3. yea and i bet that drinks fuel like nothing ealse can. thay arnt gona make much money out of ticket sales with a massive fuel bill

  4. "two gas turbines rest on top of boeing 747 engines, which power a set of water jets" This guy just said the jets power the jets that power the jets.. Misinformation runs rampant on the internet.

  5. If they were 747 engines, there would be at least 500,000 horsepower. A derated RB211 used for a tanker puts out 220,000 shaft horsepower.

  6. wait a sec……..lemme get this strait……….they have plane engines on there?
    (kid speaking im using my dads account)

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