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. trade.

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.

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