Economic conjuncture, improvements, and also technological developments had preliminary impacts on the shipbuilding industry since the second part of the 20th century. Free market competition conditions offer new and significant modifications to the conventional type of ship's dimensions and their technical properties. This fact is true with hovercraft, hydrofoils, and small water-plane area twin hull (SWATH) ships. Besides, technological developments are equally welcome in any area of design and production of ships. The aim of this article is to reference scientific journals and conference and symposia transactions and proceedings dealing with special type ships and thier hydrodynamic performance published from January 2000 to July 2003. The following types of ships are considered: multihulled vessels, hydrofoil ships, and special-purpose ships (submarines, surface warships, Roll-on Roll-off ships, and fishing vessels, etc.). This brief review article not only list references to papers in this millennium, but will also help researchers and engineers for their studies on special type ship hydrodynamic performance providing quick and practical access to relevant references.