SHIPBOARD CRANES -- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IN A SHRINKING MARKET

The requirement that a modern cargo vessel must load and discharge cargo quickly and efficeintly has led to the introduction of containerisation and roll-on/roll-off operations. In both cases, the port is normally required to provide the required handling gear, although it could be argued that a ro-ro carrier does not require a great deal of shore facilities. However, in search of a true "multi-purpose" role, owners of conventional tonnage are tending to fit higher rated deck cranes and "twinned" units to enable the vessel to handle both containers and general cargo. Despite the fact that many owners are educated to the benefits of fitting efficient, if expensive, handling systems, the general depression in the newbuilding market and the attractiveness of non-geared ro-ro ships to some operators, is making life difficult for the crane manufacturers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems International

    Arun House, 201-205 High Street
    New Malden KT3 4BH, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00197055
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM