World of Ships #1 - Evolution of the Cargo Ship
World of Ships
The new name for Ships Illustrated
Evolution of the Cargo Ship
The development of cargo ships in the 20th century and into the 21st century
Published by Ships Monthly Magazine.
Editor: Nicholas Leach
Author: Jim Shaw
About the author
A retired mechanical engineer, Jim Shaw has written for most of the world’s major transportation and marine publications over four decades. He holds a US Merchant Mariner’s Document and has been a regular contributor to Ships Monthly since 1976. His interest in ships can be traced back to a 1964 voyage on P&O’s Oronsay to work on the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme in south-east Australia.
A summary of the emergence of ship types and propulsion systems prior to and after World War I, covering reefers, heavylifters, ship construction, ro-ro, container ships, tankers, gas ships, bulk carriers and self-unloaders.
The development of container ships from the 1950s, including convertible holds, engine sizes, and the use of LNG propulsion.
Ro-ros and con-ros
A look at the history of ro-ro vessel development, the emergence of con-ro ships and new con-ro confi gurations, auto carriers and livestock ships.
General cargo ships
General cargo and multipurpose vessels, new designs for both multipurpose and refrigerator ships, and the development of open-hatch bulk carriers.
Bulk carriers up to capesize, wood chip carriers, combination ships, self-unloaders and LNG bulk carrier development.
Oil tankers, how they are loaded and discharged, the largest ships ever constructed, FPSOs and shuttle tankers.
The development of parcel tankers, product carriers, chemical ships, asphalt carriers and ITBs and ATBs for the coastal trades.
The first LNG and LPG tankers, loading and discharge, propane, butane and ethylene carriers and new types of gas carriers.
Largest and strongest
Heavylift ships, including Belships, the Stülcken system, ro-ro loading, crane-equipped ships, semi-submersibles and the largest ships ever built.
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