Shallow-Draft Bulk Carrier Study Award To M. Rosenblatt

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration, has awarded a $197,362 Research & Development contract to M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc., naval architects and marine engineers of New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, to assess future opportunities for large shallow-draft bulk carriers in U.S.


The very limited ability of vessels 80,000 dwt or larger, which usually have drafts over 40 feet to enter most U.S. ports, which have a limiting depth of 40 to 45 feet, coupled with the cost and complexity of transshipping bulk commodities via offshore terminals, makes the development of very large shallow-draft vessels for liquid and dry bulk cargoes appear to be a possibly attractive alternate.

M. Rosenblatt & Son will assess existing technology for such vessels, analyze the economics and national requirements for such a shipping system and identify options concerning the development of shallow-draft bulk shipping systems. Consultation by the naval architect with Soros Associates, Det norske Veritas, Maritime Overseas Corporation, Robert Nathan Associates, and Robert W.

and Robert C. Morrell is contemplated.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 4,  Mar 1974

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