Several different types of barges and BCV's are presently in operation, each of which have different physical characteristics and handling techniques. These are LASH, SeaBee, Bacat and the USSR concept known as the Valmet system. Other new concepts described in this paper are (i) Bacat 2, which is a larger version of Bacat 1; (ii) Trimariner of Oceanlift, which is designed to handle very large barges for long haul deep sea voyages; (iii) Capricorn, which is a dual purpose combination ro/ro and barge carrier; (iv) European Barge Carrier System (Blohm & Voss of Hamburg), which is based on four different barge modules, the size of which is related to the stowage area in a ship required by a given number of containers; (v) Thyssen (Thyssen Nordseewerke GmbH), which is a concept for a "closed dock" BCV to carry 24 LASH barges; (vi) Podule (Curnow Shipping Ltd. and Burness Corlett and Partners), which meets the needs of their own "in house" requirements rather than introducing a new concept on the world market; (vii) BOB (Ross Turnbull Ltd.), a system similar to Blohm and Voss EBCS, which involves floating barges through a door in the side of the ship into a special compartment for subsequent stowage by a deck gantry crane; (viii) Dorads, which is a complex system based on the LSD principle and is some what similar to the Trimariner concept, but with an upper deck and heavy lift crane placed over the dock area and W/T door fitted at the stern. It is assumed from the developments to date that there is likely to be a considerable expansion in the use of BCV concept, not only on deep sea routes, but also on regional services, and it is regarded as a total multisectoral marine transportation system. Order from BSRA as No. 53,311.

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  • Accession Number: 00316724
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM