Papers On Containerships, Bulkers Presented By SNAME California Sections

The world economy depends on the speedy, reliable transport of dry cargo across the oceans. Most of that cargo is carried either in drybulk carriers or containerships, both of which are highly evolved forms of ocean transport.

Two technical papers focusing on the development of these ships were presented before a recent joint meeting of the Northern and Southern California sections of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, held at the Carmel Highlands Inn, Carmel, Calif.

Clyde Jacobs, president of Seaboard Shipping Co. Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, presented a paper entitled "The Development of the Specialized Dry Bulk Carrier." It traced the evolution of this vessel type f r om the earliest steel ships of the 1890s to the contemporary designs specialized to carry lumber, automobiles, woodchips, or newsprint. Mr. Jacobs presented evidence of a trend toward more fuel efficient ships operating at slower speeds.

L.A. Harlander, vice president of operations, American President Lines, Oakland, Calif., presented a detailed discussion of "Container System Design Developments Over Two Decades," in which he emphasized the crucial role of container standardization in the design of container systems. Mr. Harlander asserted that current container strength standards are excellent, and that below-deck container storage has reached an optimum level of development.

O n - d e c k s t o w a ge schemes, he contended, still require improvement.

Copies of the papers may be obtained by contacting R. Keith Michel, Papers Committee, Herbert Engineering, 88 First Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94105.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 60,  Dec 1981

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