Up to the present time the history of marine transport development in Arctic regions will show that we are still some distance upstream from the building and operation of a bulk carrier design for any but the most moderate of Arctic conditions. Research and development into the design and development of such vessels have been spotty and it has not yet been proven, despite the MANHATTAN program, that year-round bulk carrier operation in the high Arctic would be economically viable. The basic requirements of a commercial bulk carrier operating in the Arctic are technical and economical feasibility - as for such a vessel operating anywhere else. The economic feasibility depends on the ability to plan and estimate a successful operation which in turn hinges on just one factor - predictability. The main difficulty in achieving a reasonably predictable operation in the Arctic is simply the presence of ice in all of its many forms. Obviously ice will have a direct bearing on hull form design. This paper reviews these implications and discusses the problem in the light of the results of investigations, tests, theoretical analyses and operating experience to date.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Spring Meeting of SNAME, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, May 14-17, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • German, J G
    • Dadachanji, N
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

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  • Accession Number: 00095549
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 1975 12:00AM