The desire to deliver more cargo to ports with limited water depths is stimulating interest of naval architects and shipowners in tankers and bulk carriers of wide-beam, restricted-draft designs. RD-design proponents contend that for a given draft, the large, wide-beam, shallow-draft ship has inherent economic advantages over smaller, conventional designs. In the United States, the goal is to increase vessel cargo-carrying capacity while maintaining maximum drafts from 35 to 55 ft. Because draft limitations are not so severe in other world ports, wider tankers with drafts of about 72 ft are already being developed in Europe and Japan.

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    American Bureau of Shipping

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  • Publication Date: 1974-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14-21
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00057751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Bureau of Shipping
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM