McKesson, Chris B. Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Last reviewed:November 2019
- Hull forms
- Propulsion systems
- Operation and economics
- Laws and regulations
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A ship specifically configured for carrying passengers between two points. It permits persons to make their way from one place to another across a body of water, and it may carry vehicles, including commercial vehicles. A ferry is distinct from a cruise ship or a cargo ship. For a cruise ship the voyage itself is the destination, whereas with a ferry the journey's end point is the destination. While a ferry may carry cargo, in contrast to a cargo ship, this cargo is contained in a commercial vehicle accompanied by a driver.
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