The authors observe that arguments favoring the reintroduction of commercial sailing vessels are invariably presented with considerable vigor. But more often than not they are advanced without reference to the task that merchant shipping is required to carry out and ignore problems that the shipping industry sees itself as facing. This paper was prepared, therefore, to present some of the background against which future sailing ship operations might be required to take place. It begins by summarizing the performance of the world's merchant fleets and contrasts this with the historical and present transportation performance of sailing vessels, particularly in developing countries. It goes on to discuss some of the problems that the shipping industry faces and the areas in which solutions might lie. Within this context the possible contribution of sailing vessels is assessed. The authors conclude by arguing that there may be a role for sailing vessels but that it is likely to be in the operation of non-trading vessels and in the development of inter-island services rather than in the mainstream of international seaborne transportation.

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  • Pagination: 8p., incl. discuss.

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  • Accession Number: 00657908
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM