THE INFLUENCE OF PORT FACILITIES ON THE DESIGN AND SIZE OF SHIPS--SHIPS IN THE CONTAINER TRADE

Modern general-cargo transportation calls for net types of ships, which due to the better cargo handling facilities ashore have to be considerably larger and faster than earlier general cargo ships. Container vessels, barge carriers and Ro-Ro ships are undergoing a rapid development which has not yet come to an end. The future design of these ships is of great interest due to the influence of harbour facilities, especially the draught. The author uses a simple comparison between ships with different main dimensions and comes to the conclusion that the depth of ship is a most essential dimension for its economy. Therefore owners, in the future, will be asking for greater depth of water in harbour when making decisions to introduce bigger and faster ships. Increasing the depth of ships, however, can cause special problems. For instance, big ships cannot be loaded or discharged if the clearance heights of the gantry cranes in the terminals become insufficient. The question of nuclear powered container ships is to some extent coupled to the question of shallow water. The bigger and the faster a ship, the more urgent is the question of adequate draught, because such ships will have to carry more fuel than cargo. So it could come to the question of whether it would be better for the harbour authorities to deepen the waterways or to tolerate nuclear powered ships.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 1974 West European Conference on Marine Technology. Available as complete volume at $50.00 (10 papers).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Marine Media Management, Limited

    76 Mark Lane
    London EC3R 7JW,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Langenberg, H
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00099933
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: PTJ Publishing Incorporated
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM