This paper presents the results of a marketing, engineering and economic analysis of advanced marine vehicles as part of a Maritime Administration study on "Multimode Express Shipping". The study was conducted in 1981 and examined the economic benefits of using advanced marine vehicles as express cargo vessels in domestic and international service. Commodity characteristics, desirable express carrier rates, and potential high payoff service and route alternatives were identified. Advanced marine vehicles were surveyed and sizes to meet desirable deadweight and block speed objectives. The costs of operating these craft on a variety of trade routes were calculated using an advanced marine vehicle economic analysis program. Revenues, expenses, break-even, profit and loss, cash flow requirements, tax summary and economic indicators <i.e. cost/ton - mile, etc.> were projected over the expected life of the vehicles as was return on investment. Traffic density and market penetration considerations narrowed the field of choice to smaller sized advanced marine vehicle carriers, <i.e. 50 and 250 dwt> and to three international and five domestic routes.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Nav. Engrs J., 95 <1983>, p. 283 <May> (18 pp., 16 tab., 11 diag.)
  • Authors:
    • Luedeke, G
    • Farnham, R B
  • Publication Date: 1983


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00685161
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM