Since the introduction of the first Australian roll on roll off vessel into service in 1959, there has been a continuing trend toward the adoption of this type of vessel. Such a trend has no doubt been stimulated by the dramatic increases in the cost of constructing and operating ships in a climate of continuing inflation. A brief history of numerous roll on roll off ships is made, and various design features described, since in many cases they formed the background to the development of vessels only now entering service. Various design features of the roll on roll off vessel are discussed with particular reference to the four gas turbine electric powered vessels in service and under construction for Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand (USS Co). Details are also given, where applicable, of the two gas turbine powered steel carriers built for and by Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd. (BHP Co). A roll on roll off bulk carrier which recently entered service is described and as an illustration of the continuing development in the field of roll on roll off ships, several new projects are described in some detail.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the New York Metropolitan Section Meeting of SNAME.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Taylor, G R
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 48 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM