An examination is made of ro-ro, LASH and bulk handling methods for handling mixed cargos. Ro-Ro is a roll-on/roll-off system based on the classical ferry idea where cargo is moved horizontally by rolling. For this purpose, cargo is loaded onto trailers in the ports and rolled into the cargo decks. LASH (Lighter Aboard SHip) is a symbiosis of ocean-going ships and inland-waterway vessels. Lighters (a type of barge) are transported over the ocean on a mother ship and lowered to the water using the vessel's own systems (elevator or gantry crane) to reach their final destination over inland waterways. The handling of bulk commodities is extensively automated. Loading facilities capable of handling up to 4000 tonnes per hour (about 40 freight cars) are not uncommon. An ore carrier with a 250,000 gross register ton capacity discharges its cargo in two days -- ten years ago its cargo would have been spread over six vessels, each of which requiring a week in port to unload.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

    Postfach 3240
    8520 Erlangen,   Germany 
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12-16
  • Serial:
    • Siemens Review
    • Volume: 46
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329842
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 12 1981 12:00AM