An investigation into the economics of transporting Western coal to consumers in the Midwestern and Eastern demand regions has been conducted, with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes waterborne link. The design characteristics of Great Lakes coal-carrying vessels are discussed in detail. Specific problems involved in the transport of coal in bulk are related to design decisions, particularly in the areas of cargo-handling gear, cubic requirements, ship maneuvering, cargo thawing, and dust control. The relative performance of taconite carriers, specially built colliers, and combination vessels in the coal trade is discussed, together with a consideration of potential problems facing coal carriers diverted to the taconite trade. The economic effects of systematic variations in ship characteristics, including dimensions, materials, proportions, and speed are considered. The impact of fuel price and of operation through the winter is also examined. A comparison of transport alternative for various pairs of sources and destinations, based on total delivered cost and energy expenditure, including rail transport and transshipment, is made. Finally, some conclusions are offered regarding the future of Great Lakes operations in view of the emerging coal traffic.

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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Elste, V H
    • Scher, R M
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

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  • Accession Number: 00174304
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1978 12:00AM