The Many Modes of Hinge-Ship

Hinge-Ship is designed as a multi-functional and convertible vessel, which will help ship owners and operators meet a variety of needs in a safe, efficient and costeffective manner. The following are details of the vessel types designed to date.

m Dry Bulk Carrier Each cargo hold has a large hatch with hydraulic operated hatch covers.

In deep draft condition, the hatch openings are parallel to baseline and fully accessible for standard loading and unloading elevator equipment.

In shallow draft mode, the inboard hatch coaming is sloped somewhat increasing the clear hatch opening. Loading the vessel in this condition is accomplished using standard grain elevator loading equipment.

Trailer Transport The general hull design, propulsion and operating advantages are identical to that of the bulk cargo ship. The hold deck and the 'tween deck provide trailer stowage, separated by watertight transverse bulkheads.

The hold deck has eight rows of trailers.

Each row of trailers is positioned by deck guide rails located between dual tires. The hold deck and tween deck provide trailer stowage, separated by watertight transverse bulkheads. The tween deck has four rows of trailers throughout the cargo area, also separated by watertight transverse bulkheads.

Trailers are driven (using a special handling tractor) on the vessel via the side ramp into the positioning area where each trailer is aligned and backed into one of the rows.

Military As a military transport, the vessel is capable of carrying a variety of rolling vessels and offers the advantages of trans-oceanic transportation with shallow water bow unloading. Beach landings are possible in the shallow draft condition, with side ramps port and starboard for loading and unloading. A standard compartmentized ballast system provides the needed trim for beach approach, and subsequent

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 42,  Sep 2000

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