While the advantages of BCVs have been widely proclaimed, since the introduction of the LASH and SeaBee designs little progress has been made in this field. However, the introduction of the BACO vessel in August marks a new development in that this BCV is the first floodable hold type ship able to load a container cargo on the upper deck. While this ship is not the first floodable hold BCV, i.e. it does not require any mechanical barge handling devices, the barge hold is enclosed and thus the ship is able to carry containers on the upper deck. Two ships are to be delivered, with the first recently entering service on the Europe-West Africa trade -- although the rates of this nonconference operator currently appear not to justify the investment made for these two sophisticated German-flag vessels and an accompanying 72 X 800dwt barge.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems International

    Arun House, 201-205 High Street
    New Malden KT3 4BH, Surrey,   England 

    Cargo Systems Publications Limited

    McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road
    Worchester Park, Surrey KT4 8RJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

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  • Accession Number: 00310484
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM