17,000 DWT AND ONLY 17 CREW - IS IT SAFE?
British Shipbuilders' MP 17 general-purpose cargo carrier, a design introduced at the Expoship 83 exhibition <held in London in 1983>, is a very cost-effective 17,000-dwt ship burning only 17 tonnes of fuel per day and requiring a crew of only 17. It has been described as the economy ship that owners will be wanting during the 1980s and 90s. Before designing the MP 17, BS carried out an operational analysis and design specification for a 35,000-dwt bulk carrier with a crew of 17 instead of the accepted 33. The article, which is chiefly concerned with workstudy and operational-safety aspects and includes a photograph of a model of the 17,000-dwt vessel, briefly describes the methodology used by BS in developing these designs, and summarises some of the conclusions reached in the design study. The guiding philosophy was that the safety of the crew and ship should not be impaired, unrealistic demands should not be placed upon the crew and equipment, only equipment proven in marine use should be fitted, and proposals should be acceptable to statutory authorities and classification societies. In the study, BS consulted member companies, ship owners, equipment suppliers, ship and machinery designers, Lloyd's Register, and DoT surveyors.
- Safety at Sea, 1983, p. 12 <Oct.> (1 p., 1 phot.)
- Publication Date: 1983
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00686050
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM