For the past three years the C. Luhring shipyard in Brake, West Germany, has been working on the development of an oil recovery vessel based on a split-hull design. The unique vessel is a simple ship that is divided amidships, with both hull sections connected by a hinge. In cooperation with Schiffko GmbH, engineering consultants in Hamburg, and with considerable sponsorship by the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, numerous tests have been carried out, and plans have now been finalized for a seagoing vessel. As the numerous prospective buyers are making their orders subject to a prototype demonstration, a smaller vessel will be constructed first that will serve as a model of the full-size ship. This prototype will have a length of 34.50 meters, beam of 8.20 meters, depth of 3.50/4.20 meters, and draft of 2.50 meters (about 113 by 27 by 11.5/13.8 by 8.2 feet). The distance between the hull sections when open will be approximately 30 meters (98.5 feet); tank capacity will be about 200 cubic meters. The design work on this vessel, which will be built in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, is now under way. The split-hull design was developed to offer prospective buyers a vessel that may be put into operation to fight large-scale oil pollution even under unfavorable sea conditions, and could be used as a tanker or similar vessel when not dealing with oil-spill disasters.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maritime Activity Reports Incorporated

    107 East 31st Street
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Publication Date: 1980-10-1

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  • Accession Number: 00322608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1980 12:00AM