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USA - Biggest Ship Ever Seen on Mississippi Would Leave No Wake, Haul Load of 2,375 Trucks

A Miami ship line proposes an untried design never seen on the world’s rivers and yet conceived to haul as much cargo as 2,375 highway trucks while never churning up a dangerous wall of water behind it.

The ship line proposing to move ocean-bound cargo through the Port of Memphis would rely on the biggest ships ever put in service on the Mississippi River above Baton Rouge.

American Patriot Holdings LLC would employ an untried design never seen on the world’s rivers and yet conceived to haul as much cargo as 2,375 heavy-duty highway trucks while never churning up a dangerous wall of water in its wake.

Each "liner," as they are called, would leave a low wake in its path even though the ship would be 595 feet long, 134 feet wide, sit 9 feet deep in the river and displace 17,500 tons of water. Engines would send the vessel upstream at 13 mph.

A traditional 17,500-ton ocean-going freighter fighting the strong current at that speed would form a steep wave of water in its wake with the strength to tear away shoreline in the confined straits of a river even like the half-a-mile wide Mississippi at Memphis.

Rather than rely on a traditional craft, American Patriot, a startup venture formed by three former U.S. cargo ship line executives, bought a new design from Canadian naval architect Peter van Diepen’s firm, NaviForm Consulting & Research Ltd.

A test model was recently researched in Europe, and American Patriot has opened talks with bankers and investors about financing construction of four river ships in time to begin cargo service in 2023.

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