The Authors (of, respectively, Aalborg Vaerft and DFDS) present a survey, with particular reference to the trends of the past few years, of design and development matters affecting the operators and designers of car ferries operating in north Europe. (The term "car ferries" is here interpreted as ships carrying more than 12 passengers which, in addition to passenger facilities, have ro/ro facilities for lorries and private cars and possibly for rail wagons and carriages). The survey is presented under the headings: 1) The Modern Car Ferry--Characteristics Compared with more Conventional Types. 2) Design Parameters (1--Ro/Ro Facilities. 2--Passenger Facilities. 3--Safety. 4--Vessel/Shore Interface). 3) Design of Accommodation (1--General. 2--New Tendencies in Accommodation Design. 3--Component Limitation/Module System. 4--Crew Accommodation. 5--Catering). 4) Hull Form and Structure (1--General. 2--Twin Hull (Split Stern). 3--Structure). 5) Machinery (1--General. 2--Typical Propulsion Systems). 6) Safety (1--Fire Fighting. 2--Life-Saving Appliances). 7. Environmental Aspects of Car Ferry Design (1--Motions. 2--Noise. 3--Vibrations). 8) Closing Remarks. Under 8., the extensive co-operation that exists between the builders and operators of the ferries, and the difficulties of forecasting the long-term development of these ships, are mentioned. The Authors expect that, owing to the importance of "economy of size", the next decade will see even larger vessels than those operating today.

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    • Paper presented at a RINA meeting in April 1979.
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    Royal Institution of Naval Architects

    10 Upper Belgrave Street
    ,   United States 
  • Authors:
    • Bengtsen, K
    • Corner-Walker, B P
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Accession Number: 00314974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Technical Papers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM