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Create3S: An outline of the concept and overview of possible solution routes for the hull form

Lookup NU author(s): Melanie Landamore, Oihane Cabezas Basurko, Dr Peter Wright, Professor Richard Birmingham


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This paper reviews the work done at the early concept and preliminary design stages for an innovative new class of short sea vessel. This work is part of a new EU-funded project CREATE3S that will develop new ship design concepts aimed at improving the efficiency of short sea shipping. CREATE3S aims to develop a new generation of short sea vessels utilising advanced design and manufacturing techniques, enabling Europe to strengthen its shipping and shipbuilding competitiveness. With trade between European countries increasing rapidly year on year, great demands are being made on Europe's transport infrastructure. The only freight transport mode that has virtually unlimited potential for expansion, and which is considered environmentally friendly, is coastal shipping, hence the current EU focus on encouraging more cargo to move by water. However, the increasing volumes of cargo being shipped over relatively short distances require major rethinking on the part of shipping companies and ports. More or larger ships are required and for them to be efficient, faster cargo handling concepts are needed to ensure that port turnaround time does not exceed sailing time. The CREATE3S concept envisages a vessel consisting of two principal modules: a ship hull module and one or more large cargo modules. The CREATE3S concept is intended to be equally applicable to container, dry bulk and liquid cargoes. When the vessel arrives in port, it will be possible to quickly separate the cargo modules from the ship section, placing them on the quay. The ship module is then coupled with other cargo modules for the return voyage. The cargo units can then be unloaded and made ready for the next vessel call. This approach will combine the ability for a 'standard ship design' to be tuned to very different trades and commodities whilst using advanced construction techniques. The most revolutionary feature of the CREATE3S concept is the potential to transfer the complete cargo load in just one move. However, for certain vessel applications, it is possible that there may be more than one cargo module: more than one commodity may be moving on the same vessel or it may even be practical to mix bulk and container modules on the same sailing. The key feature remains that the individual cargo unit being discharged in one move will be far bigger than today where the maximum size unit is typically a 45ft container or 20ft ISO tank. Safety and sustainability are investigated and accommodated through a comprehensive risk assessment and integration of solutions that facilitate reduced energy consumption, emissions and waste. The new generation vessels will be assessed on their operational environmental and economic performance, in relation to total cost of ownership (including production, operation and end of life cost) utilising advanced design and simulation techniques. Copyright © 2009. SEECMAR.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Landamore M, Cabezas-Basurko O, Wright P, Birmingham R, Reichel M, Kremer E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Maritime Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 3-14

Print publication date: 01/01/2009

ISSN (print): 1697-4840

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