THE FUTURE OF THE SMALL BULK CARRIER
In this paper, the author discusses the future of the small or "handy-size" bulk carrier which he places in the range from 25,000 to 45,000 dwt. There is a need today for vessels with maximum flexibility to provide maximum trading opportunity, and the small bulk carrier can fulfill this need with its limited beam, length, and draft. The ability to operate backhaul rather than in ballast makes it as economically attractive to operate as a larger vessel of 100,000 dwt with its higher maintenance and insurance costs. The author compares the kinds of cargos available for the various sizes of vessels. Though larger vessels rank first in carrying bulk coal and ores, there is good opportunity in these commodities for the small bulk carrier especially in ports with draft and maneuvering limitations. Included in the paper are charts showing bulk carrier size development, port accessibility, and carrier size versus commodity.
- Paper presented at Commodities on Bulk Shipping in the 80's, a Lloyd's of London Press Conference, the London Press Center, 13/14 December 1979.
Lloyd's of London Press LimitedSheepen Road
Colchester, Essex CO3 3LP, England
- Jong, A L
- Publication Date: 1980
- Pagination: n.p.
- TRT Terms: Bulk cargo; Bulk cargo handling; Bulk carriers; Coal; Merchant vessels; Operating costs; Ores; Ships; Ships by size; Vehicle design
- Old TRIS Terms: Bulk coal; Bulk ore; Competitive merchant ships
- Subject Areas: Design; Marine Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00316337
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: Conf Paper
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM