Concept design of a fast sail assisted feeder container ship

Burden, Aaron, Hearn, Grant E., Lloyd, Thomas, Mockler, Simon, Mortola, Lorenzo, Shin, Ie Bum and Smith, Ben (2010) Concept design of a fast sail assisted feeder container ship. In, Marine Unconventional Design Symposium – MUDS 2010, London, GB, 08 Jul 2010.


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An environmentally sustainable fast sail-assisted feeder-container ship concept, with a maximum speed of 25 knots, has been developed for the 2020 South East Asian and Caribbean container markets. The use of low-carbon and zero-sulphur fuel (liquefied natural gas) and improvements in operational efficiency (cargo handling and scheduling) mean predicted Green house gas emissions should fall by 42% and 40% in the two selected operational regions. The adoption of a Multi-wing sail system reduces power requirement by up to 6% at the lower ship speed of 15 knots. The predicted daily cost savings are respectively 27% and 33% in South East Asian and the Caribbean regions.

Two hull forms with a cargo capacity of 1270TEU utilising different propulsion combinations were initially developed to meet operational requirements. Analysis & tank testing of different hydrodynamic phenomena has enabled identification of efficiency gains for each design. The final propulsion chosen is a contra-rotating podded drive arrangement. Wind tunnel testing improved Multi-wing sail performance by investigating wing spacing, wing stagger and sail-container interactions. The associated lift coefficient was increased by 32%. Whilst savings in sail-assisted power requirement are lower than initially predicted an unexpected identified benefit was motion damping.

The fast feeder-container ship is a proposed as a viable future method of container transhipment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Subjects: V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 154895
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2010Delivered
April 2010Submitted
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 13:14
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:25

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