This article briefly reviews what lessons have been learned from the service experience of the "Schiff der Zukunft" (SdZ) the German term for the "Ship of the Future" series. With the delivery of the 2,291 teu capacity BONN EXPRESS and the launching of her sistership, HEIDELBERG EXPRESS, twelve ships representing four main types have now incorporated the SdZ concept. That concept reflected an attempt to cut operating costs to the safest possible minimum by reducing crews, using advanced shipboard systems that would enable these reductions, and installing the most economical main propulsion unit in order to reduce fuel costs. The design of the two latest ships draws on the experience gained from operation of the earlier ships and incorporates a number of minor modifications. Some of the faults identified in relation to the earlier ships had to do with the fitting of overly-sophisticated equipment and with aspects of the "ship's operation center," or bridge.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 2 p.
  • Serial:
    • Fairplay
    • Volume: 310
    • Issue Number: No.5504
    • Publisher: Lloyd's Register-Fairplay
    • ISSN: 0307-0220

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00657233
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM