In Japan, among the latest technological advances under study is a ship without a propeller.
GV PAN OF Magnetic powered ship in water, at Kobe in Japan.
GV Men working on boat. (2 SHOTS)
GV Magnet on hull.
GV Slits on ship's bottom and ZOOM TO CU.
SV Boat's hull and clips.
GV Boat being positioned. (4 SHOTS)
GV Man attaching monitoring equipment.
CI Magnets being switched on.
SV Boat moving through water and GV. (2 SHOTS)
GV OF Boat moving through water. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: In Japan, among the latest technological advances under study is a ship without a propeller. Propulsion comes from a reaction between a large magnet and an electric current applied through seawater.
SYNOPSIS: Research on the experimental ship model is being conducted by the Kobe University of Mercantile Marine. Researchers say they are looking for ways to improve ocean transport ...especially in the fields of speed and safety.
An electric current is projected into the water through openings in the boast. The huge super-conducting magnet is attached to the bottom of the ship's hull. Changing the direction in which the electricity is passed across the magnet changes the direction in which the ship moves.
Above the boat there's a framework containing observation instruments and monitoring devices.
The boat itself is 3.6 metres (10ft) long and repeated tests are made in a large tank. Researchers at the Kobe University of Mercantile Marine have been experimenting with this new form of propulsion for the past five years. Practical applications are still years away. But, if they're realised, ships will be able to travel at speeds of up to 50-knots. And there will be no vibrations, no noise and no pollution.