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City planners are looking at Waterborne Pubic Transportation (WPT) to overcome urban congestion and pollution. After background studies were performed in 44 cities, 7 factors describing WPT were identified. They represent the starting point for any public transport provider (PTP) looking to start WPT operations.
We observed that several prevalent challenges create reluctance for PTPs, such as ferry procurement (high cost and production time), the poor state of existing ferry fleets, and technical challenges like ice. We focus on developing an efficient ferry concept with an aim to make PTPs more confident towards WPT. Then, the special case of Stockholm ice-borne WPT is taken into consideration and lightweight ice-going hull solutions are proposed.
The special features of the ferry concept include: