IHS Purposes and Objectives

IHS Purposes and Objectives

Purposes and Objectives


  • Foster advancement of hydrofoil technology.
  • Serve as a source of expert knowledge on hydrofoils and hydrofoil technology.
  • Provide an international forum for interchange of information and ideas on hydrofoil
    technology, design, construction, and operation.
  • Build and maintain a library of information and data on hydrofoils and hydrofoil technology and disseminate to interested persons and organizations.
  • Foster and participate in conferences and exhibitions related to hydrofoil technology
  • Promote commercial, military and recreational application of hydrofoils.
  • Foster educational activities about hydrofoils and related technologies.
  • Act as a spokesman for the world hydrofoil community.


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Dinner Meeting 170928 on SWATH Crew Transfer Vessel Design and Operations J. William McFann President, Island Engineering, Inc.

The offshore wind power industry is expanding at a remarkable rate, and operators are achieving large reductions in operational costs. A key factor is the ability to place technicians and repair parts onto an offshore turbine in adverse sea conditions. In just the past two years, the SWATH CTV (crew transfer vessel) has proven to be one of the most effective crew transfer vessels in operation. Superior passenger comfort, dependable speed, and the ability to conduct transfers in much higher seas than the catamarans and monohulls have resulted in a flurry of orders.

The presentation included actual operational experience to date as well as some of the results of the extensive model tank testing comparing different CTV types, including SES. Several new designs for larger SWATH offshore support vessels will also be introduced.

A copy of the Presentation will be posted on the website shortly.