A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NAVAL AUXILIARY AND MERCHANT SHIP DESIGN

Naval auxiliary ships carry considerably less cargo than commercial ships and are significantly more costly to build. By comparing naval auxiliary ships with commercial ships which carry cargo of a similar nature, it is possible by proper analysis to quantify and explain the differences which exist between navy and commercial ship design practices. The design differences and a significant portion of the cost differences are the result of differences in ship mission, the military capabilities of the naval auxiliaries, and the differences in design criteria used by naval and commercial designers. This paper compares two navy dry cargo replenishment ships with three merchant break-bulk cargo ships and a navy fleet oiler and a navy replenishment oiler with three commercial tankers. The largest factor which influences the design of the naval auxiliaries is the underway replenishment capability. The military capabilities also have a significant impact on the design of the naval ships. Differences in design criteria used by naval and commercial designers are reflected mainly in the structural and main propulsion areas. However, the impact of these technical differences is of secondary importance as compared to the impact of the performance differences in naval auxiliary and commercial ships.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at SNAME (Gulf Section) Spring Meeting and Star Symposium: Merchant & Naval Design, The Past in Review The Future in Forecast, Houston, April 25-28, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Dunn, J P
    • GRAHAM, C
  • Publication Date: 1979

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00189637
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM