In the past, heavy-lift cargo was carried by U.S. owners and operators mainly on barge carriers of the Lykes or LASH type or on general-cargo vessels having relatively limited heavy-lift capabilities. In recent years, however, U.S. operators have become interested in the use of specially designed heavy-lift vessels. As a matter of fact a new company, The American Heavy Lift Shipping Co., was formed and is in the process of placing the first two U.S.-built heavy-lift vessels into service. In the absence of any existing publication covering the state of the art of modern heavy-lift vessels, this paper describes different concepts of heavy-lift vessels and combinations thereof. Small-scale ship layouts are used to further illustrate the design variations, applications, capabilities, and limitations of all systems. The paper also discusses basic design characteristics and requirements. Heavy-lift gears of various types are investigated together with heavy-lift transfer gears and auxiliary-lift transport equipment; various illustrations supplement these discussions. Operation of heavy-lift vessels is discussed with respect to planning, crewing, and cargo handling. Finally, the paper presents an in-depth description of the aforementioned first U.S.-built modern heavy-lift vessel. This description is also supplemented by illustrative diagrams and layouts.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at SNAME Annual Meeting, November 16-18, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Janecke, H W
    • Muir, W F
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Accession Number: 00184814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 13
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM