THE SELF-UNLOADER EVOLUTION, INNOVATION, EMERGENCE

The author explains how the self-unloading vessel originated out of a simple operational need in the Great Lakes in 1925, and how it has become one of the most useful and cost-effective vessels in shipping today. Its technological development has reached a stage where it can now handle a variety of materials at different handling speeds. Because the vessel conveys the bulk commodity to the shore on its own power, shore-based handling equipment is no longer needed, reducing handling costs. Changeable economic and political conditions make the self-unloader even more attractive as it can readily dock in a facility that may not have elaborate handling facilities. The self-unloader continues to mature technologically as it finds new applications, giving more credence to predictions that the vessel will gain more popularity in the coming years.

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  • Authors:
    • Johnston, R
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  • Pagination: 13p.

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  • Accession Number: 00661657
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM