LLOYD's Register is to class a US-flagged SWATH (small waterplane-area twin hull) fast passenger ferry for service between Florida and Grand Bahama Island. The ferry, is scheduled for completion in January next year by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Washington, in conjunction with Swath Ocean Europe. The SWATH - the first of the Super 4000 class, an enlarged version of Swath Ocean's Euro 4000 class - will have 43 per cent more passenger space. The 37.2-metre craft, which will have an average service speed of 27.5 knots, will be built of high-strength aluminium. Plan approval and structural analysis will be dealt with by LR's head office plan approval department, while survey during construction will be handled by surveyors from LR's office in Seattle. LR will be involved in plan approval, survey of the propulsion system and vibration analysis of the propulsion shafting. The ferry will operate a twice-daily return service between Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, halving the present five-hour journey time.