Ways of varying the speed of container ships on the open sea for the purpose of saving fuel are many and diverse. The influence of some of these ways on the commercial and economic aspects of a typical containership line is discussed. When a ship reduces speed it saves fuel in terms of tons consumed over a given distance, but at the same time the number of round trips per year will fall; it follows, therefore, that the amount saved by reducing speed must compensate for the loss in operational revenue. The problem is different for owners with ships already in service and those planning to introduce new vessels, who have the option of designing their vessels for lower speeds if they feel that operational profits are unlikely to alter. It can be maintained that ships should be planned for high speeds, such speeds to be utilised according to their desirability at the time. Carriers able to react efficiently to changes in trade, provide their owners with an immediate tool for increasing the potential volume of their ships. It is pointed out that a lower speed often results in a more reliable service. Order from: BSRA as No. 48,664.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Israel Shipping Research Institute

    P.O.B. 1860
    Haifa 33033,   Israel 
  • Authors:
    • Sebba, Y
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

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  • Pagination: 3 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179638
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM