From the dawn of history man has used the sea as a highway for the transport of material and personnel between ports. The vehicles for such traffic are ships and man has constantly sought quicker and easier methods for handling cargo to and from the decks of those vessels. In spite of the obvious advantages of increased productivity, it is surprising to note that for hundreds of years no basic change in cargo hoisting gear has been made. Changes that were made could only be called evolutionary and not developmental in nature. It is only in the comparatively recent past that onboard and shoreside equipment has been developed for the rapid handling of the large and heavy loads imposed by a containerized cargo system. The trend towards extending container cargo to all the world's ports in the future is clear. But, for many years to come ports in the underdeveloped nations, and sub-ports of the major maritime powers will be dependent on break bulk ships for a large proportion of their cargo. In all probability these break bulk ships will depend upon some form of burtoning system to load and discharge these cargoes. The paper attempts to outline the evaluation of cargo gear design.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Northern California Section of SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Dodge, W S
  • Publication Date: 1972-9-14

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  • Accession Number: 00039325
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 1973 12:00AM