The report examines the origins of the modern, multi-purpose cargo ship and the need for the "Liberty Replacement," before going on to evaluate the features of the "Freedom," "SD-14" and certain other designs which have successfully met the need for versatile, multi-purpose ships in the 15,000 DWT class suitable for non-bulk cargoes, but also fully economic for the carriage of commodities such as grain. A section of the report is devoted to the growth of the fleet, the analysis extending to ownership, flag, cargo-handling equipment of the existing vessels, as well as the composition of the present order backlog for multi- purpose ships. Full details of all ships in service at the beginning of 1975 are listed, by type in the Appendix. Other sections of the report are concerned with the employment of the fleet, there being an obvious difference between those vessels owned by liner companies or specially equipped for such services, and those, mainly under independent ownership, operating in world-wide tramp trades. An analysis of chartering activity reveals some interesting differences between the main types of multi- purpose ship but, in reviewing trading opportunities, the main object was to see whether there is still a world-wide market for smaller 'tweendeck ships able to transport a range of cargo efficiently or economically, or whether the changing role of the multi-purpose ships demands increasing specialization.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Drewry (HP) (Shipping Consultants) Limited

    Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street
    London W1V 1AD,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 70 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099879
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Drewry (HP) (Shipping Consultants) Limited
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 31 Econ Study
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM