This volume explains the procedure that has been developed for predicting the economic performance of Great Lakes bulk carriers operating in extended seasons of various lengths. The technique is versatile. It can analyze almost any combination of design parameters, trade routes, and ship status (i.e., proposed, existing, or existing but to-be-modified). The new tax deferral privilege is incorporated into the analysis, and a wide selection of measures of merit is available. The computerized portion of the work deals with the economics of any given individual ship. There are, however, brief sections in the report describing analytical techniques for optimizing fleet operations and for assessing the economic gains resulting from reduced inventory requirements. Four subsequent volumes describe the details of the computer program, draw some preliminary conclusions from parametric studies based on the program, explain a rationale for structural design for ice navigation, and report on conclusions reached from a methodical series of strength tests carried out on ferrocement reinforced steel plates.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper copy also available in set of 6 reports PC E13, PB-270 982-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Department of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Nowacki, H
    • Benford, H
    • Atkins, A
  • Publication Date: 1973

Media Info

  • Pagination: 173 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00168741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MA/RD-940-77109 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: MA-1-35487
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1978 12:00AM