This paper surveys the growth in world seaborne trade of the major bulk commodities, outlines the demand for bulk shipping, and then discusses the economic factors influencing the average size, numbers and types of ship currently available and on order. The cargo-handling technology presently in use on these vessels is assessed and then future requirements and possible new systems are discussed. Specialized bulk carriers are examined with a view to assessing their future potential in the world bulk trades. Four main types of unitized and conventional cargo-handling systems in the general cargo trade are described and the advantages of each are outlined. Some indication is given of the future of all these systems within the maritime transport industry.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at Seascape '76 Conference on "Developments in Shipboard Outfitting," and held at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, April 1, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    North East Coast Inst of Engineers & Shipbuilders

    Bolbec Hall, Westgate Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Smith, C
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00159911
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM