The acquisition cost of an ASV is competitive with a conventional vessel.
The remarkable low ASV hull/water resistance enables use of reduced size engines, resulting in a vessel consuming much less fuel pr nautical mile and/or ton transported / passenger carried. Back to back comparisons with ASV monohulls vs. conventional designs have shown a reduction in consumption at 25 – 30 knots speed (20 m vessel) of 50 %! (Tests published in Motor Boat and Yachting, February 2011).
ESI is of the opinion that any vessel can be further improved by combining complementary State of the Art technologies. Combining high efficiency propulsion, lightweight construction and outfitting; with ASV hull technology, remarkable reductions in fuel consumption are within reach.
Tank testing carried out at SSPA with the latest ASV Mono hull (January 2012) documented hull resistance values below State of the Art planing hulls at all speeds, from 10 knots up to 50 knots + (in a 20 m scale). Typically the ASV hull resistance was only 50% of the best conventional bench mark.
From a maintenance point of view the ASV’s are robust and straightforward in design and construction with low complexity and maintenance cost.The second hand value of an ASV is expected to be superior to a conventional vessel.