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New Inland Containership Concept Unveiled

A concept design for a new inland containership — dubbed Waterborne

Container Carriers (WCC) — was com- pleted and released by DeJong & Lebet, a project that was completed for Venture

Capitol Investors LLC, which owns a patent on the concept.

Designed for operating on inland waterways, WCC measures 550 x 107 x 20 ft. (167.6 x 32.6 x 6 m), with a length and beam specifically designed to fit in the Mississippi River System Locks. of 5 Cruiseghips are optimizing their communications systems with

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Air draft is limited to 42 ft. (12.8 m) based on bridge height restrictions.

The full load draft of the vessel varies from nine ft., unballasted, to 12 ft. bal- lasted. The ballast is also used to main- tain draft when the container load is light. The vessel's propulsion system has raising and lowering capability for shallow draft upper river operations.

The WCC is capable of carrying 566 40-ft. containers, or 1,132 TEU. The design can be modified to have some sections of the vessel set up for longer/higher boxes. The containers are stacked five high, with two levels in the hull and three levels above the main deck.

The vessel is designed to be powered by four Caterpillar 3606 diesels, 2,840 hp each at 1,000 rpm. The engines drive 360 degree Thrustmaster Z-drives, model 3000M, with type 19A nozzles, and stainless steel propellers. The ves- sel is designed to be operated with two engines only, when the power require- ments are minimal. All Z-drives are designed for removal without drydock- ing. Engines are cooled using Alfa-

Laval bolted plate heat exchangers.

The WCC features a pair of 550 hp bowthrusters by Schottel. The thrusters are powered by CAT 3406 E engines.

Electrical power is provided by two 425 kW CAT 3412 gensets, one 170 kW

CAT 3306 auxiliary genset.

The WCC is designed for U.S. Coast

Guard Certification under Subchapter I.

A preliminary manning analysis indi- cates a crew requirement of approxi- mately 15. The vessel is designed with accommodations for 17, but could be easily expanded for 20 or more. The design also features a forward pilot- house and accommodation area, with aft machinery and engineering accommo- dations.

The vessel is designed to be construct- ed of welded steel. The design standard used is ABS Rules for Rivers and Intra- coastal Waterways.

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Fuel storage 114,000 gal.

Fuel day tank 13,800 gal.

Settling tank 15,700 gal.

Potable water 27,000 gal.

Sewage 8,200 gal.

Grey water 8,200 gal.

Ballast 2,440 It

Hydraulic oil 2,000 gal.

Lube oil 1,300 gal.

Dirty oil 1,300 gal. 30 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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