High Speed Ferries and Coastwise Vessels: Evaluation of Parameters and Markets for Application [open pdf - 6MB]
"This report presents the findings of Phase II of the Study High Speed Ferries and Coastwise Vessels: Evaluation of Parameters and Markets for Application.  The goal of the Study was to define a commercially viable coastal shipping system that could relieve congestion on land-based transport arteries and at the same time can be utilized for defense related mobilizations. Phase I was dedicated to the definition of the scope of the overall program, which was formulated in cooperation with an Industry Advisory Board, representing shipping lines (carriers), ports, military planners (TRANSCOM), shipyards, and Federal agencies."
U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration: http://www.marad.dot.gov