Past Section Chairmen Honored At New York SNAME Meeting

The recent meeting of SNAME's New York Metropolitan Section was past chairmen's night, with 12 of them in attendance, including Lester Rosenblatt, president of the Society.

The title of the technical paper, which was presented by R. Stanlev S.vmon of Stolt-Nielsen, Inc., was Parcel Chemical Carriers: Characteristics and Operation.

The paper described the salient and more unique characteristics of the parcel carrier — a type of tankship designed to operate continuously and successfully in a sector of the bulk liquid sea transportation market known as the parcel trade—and how basic ship type and cargo tank configuration depend upon the trade routes, regulatory requirements for the carriage of dangerous cargo, and other special requirements.

The parcel trade caters to the carriage of specialty bulk liquids which, if all the necessary conditions of carriage are to be met satisfactorily, require specialized cargo handling and cargo containment only available with purposebuilt ships. Such cargoes tend to move in comparatively small consignments, or "parcels" of cargo.

Parcel chemical carriers were developed f r om experience gained with converted product carriers in the early 1960s. They provided the shipowner with the ability to improve voyage results significantly by utilizing the counter movements of many widely differing bulk specialty liquids. The sophisticated chemical parcel carrier therefore should not be confused with the less developed petroleum product carrier or, indeed, with the simple chemical carrier.

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