A comparative analysis is presented of segmented and conventional ship operation in an analysis of an actual trade route using statistical data collected over a number of years. Trade Route 10 (Mediterranean improved) was selected, and the principal method of analysis adopted was simulation. In all, 20 cases of combinations of barge train size, number, and speed were tested and compared with 10 different cases for conventional dry cargo ships serving the same route. Considered in the study were Route 10 characteristics, barge train routing, barge train system, initial scheduling, basic simulation policy, and cost analysis. It was concluded that while in general an increase in the number of tugs enhances the flexibility of cargo delivery and minimizes cargo delivery time, minimum investment and maximum profit is achieved by single tug operation. Tables and figures account for half of the report.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number MIT-R-64-12.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Chu, F D
    • Frankel, E G
  • Publication Date: 1964-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026722
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 64-12
  • Contract Numbers: MA-2710
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 14 1973 12:00AM