The Author discusses the problems of size and longevity of surplus, large tankers and suggests methods for dealing with them. It seems unlikely that building of this type of tanker will become brisk again until well into the 1980s. The related technical problems are examined. The ships' built-in obsolescence, the high cost of investment, and conservatism of owners, combined with the need to protect lives against innovation risks, means that there will probably be no incentive to develop new designs for four or five years. The Author divides his subject, for convenience, according to type of propulsion plant e.g. steam, Diesel, or gas-turbine. Other aspects such as speed and integration of propulsion and cargo handling are also considered. It is concluded that there is ample scope for development work in tanker engineering systems before the next period for major ordering begins, in particular, improvements in the more efficient use of fuel is required.

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    Institute of Marine Engineers

    Memorial Building, 76 Mark Lane
    London EC3R 7JN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Platt, EHW
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00165386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM