'TUBE TANKER' TO CUT CONSTRUCTION COSTS

A new Norwegian tanker design, nicknamed the "tube tanker," is described. It is the work of a small project group that was organized to see whether any changes could be made to the traditional construction methods for tankers. The group aimed to design a tanker that would have: simpler welding work; less steel; no cargo tank internals; better tank resistance against cracking; increased cargo and ballast capacities; no deck girders or webs; reduced hull wet surface; reduced cargo tank surface; and reduced slamming forces from cargo in tanks. The resultant design makes use of a double-skin construction and a novel "squashed oval" cross section.

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  • Accession Number: 00657171
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM