The Most Ridiculous ever vessel is Up For Sale

By Curious

“The world’s only planing, beaching, swath hulled ferry vessel built at a hideously enormous expense ($80M+?) to the US Navy for a destination to nowhere and a service that none wants”, is up for sale. At least that is how the U.S.-flag’s hardest supporter, describes it.
The ship, named the MV Susitna, was made in 2010 at former Alaska Ship & Drydock in Ketchikan (now Vigor) at the request of the Office of Naval Research that was looking to test new designs which might someday work as military ships. When construction started, the vessel MV Susitna was to be owned and managed as a ferry in Alaska for the Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su) Borough securing service among Anchorage and Port Mackenzie while being assessed by the ONR. The only one problem, however, was that there weren't ferry terminals and the ship never entered service. So now it’s up for sale!
The MV Susitna ferry ship is unique in a number of ways and actually quite interesting. In the end it just did not work.
The design for the “expeditionary ship” was made by Guido Perla & Associates, Inc (GPA) and is based on a concept made by Lockheed Martin. It is a ABS-certified “E-Craft” which measures fifty-nine meters in length and is available of carrying 129 people, plus twenty vehicles or one tractor-trailer rig. The ferry also incorporates elevator technology which is going to allow the ferry to change from the Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) mode to barge mode by lowering or raising its center deck. The ferry also built with an ice strengthened hull (the 1st-ever for a SWATH hull) and is beachable.
But what probably could the MV Susitna be used for? We’re not sure, but someone mentioned that Shell fits the buyers profile. Who knows though, the E-Craft might be yours for an unspecified price.