GREENER CARGO SHIPPING
UNIVERSAL CARGO & DOCKING SOLUTIONS
RESTRICTIONS TO THE EFFICIENCY OF HANDLING CONTAINERS
In 2013 the first of a new fleet of the world’s largest container ships, the “triple E”, completed its first voyage carrying an estimated 18,000 teu.
In 2021 there are many container ships afloat and on order which carry 24,000 teu. But these are never filled with fully loaded containers. The maximum has proven to be closer to 20,000 teu.
The economies of carrying this quantity of containers in one ship are apparent but must have to be counter balanced by multiple adverse factors :
Port access -insufficient draught
Canal and river access restricted
Dock size and facilities require costly expansion
Quantity and size of dockside cranes
Accessibility to any one selected container mis-loaded
Flexibility of different cargos
Time - double/treble handling and cost of loading and unloading
THE SOLUTION IS FLOAT IN – FLOAT OUT
Loaded shipping containers are transported from the source of the cargo by sea
or by road to the Technomax docks, which are built at 90 deg to the shoreline
with several straddle cranes serving each dock. So trucks and trains will
line up parallel to the barge. This layout also facilitates unloading from a barge
onto a train or onto a truck or onto the land to await transfer or storage.
Standard containers, full or empty, are loaded into a barge – basically a large empty steel box of c. 40,000 cubic metres - by straddle cranes at the Technomax docks.
The barges, which are autonomous, self-powered and fitted with ballast tanks, are driven into a semi-submersible Technomax ship, which can be anchored a distance away in deeper water or off-shore.
Barges are powered by re-chargeable electric cells.
The barges are floated in through the stern doors of the unique semi-submersible
Technomax ship, which has patented design features : the hull’s cribbing
matching that on the barge and the locking mechanism securing the barges
to the hull..
A barge is totally versatile because it can be designed to hold an almost unlimited range of types of cargos or of bulk goods, vehicles, pleasure boats etc
There are many options for the barge size – the most used are :-
Barge #B 360 teu Barge #D 720 teu
The #1 Technomax ship is 950 ft LOA -100 ft beam
8 x #B = 2,880 teu or 4 x #D = 2,880 teu
The #2 Technomax ship is 1,190 ft LOA - 160 ft beam
20 x #B = 7,200 teu or 10 x #D = 7,200 teu
The #3 Technomax ship is 1,430 ft LOA – 250 ft beam
36 x #B = 12,960 teu or 18 x #D = 12,960 teu
The #1 Technomax ship - 2,880 teu can navigate the old Panama Cana
The #2 Technomax ship - 7,200 teu can navigate the new Panama Canal
The #3 Technomax ship – 12,960 teu can navigate the Suez canal
These Technomax ships can navigate across every ocean.
A Technomax ship can carry a mix of barge sizes depending on their
overall weight and on their destination ports.
The operation of Technomax ships is close to carbon zero
and will contribute to meeting the IMO emission targets & regulations
powered by one or more alternative fuels, such as LNG or hydrogen
augmented by solar panels fitted on the top deck
wind power from Flettner rotary sails
Technomax ships will be data driven - fully equipped with all the latest
digital systems to monitor power (and crew) and to control navigation,
to ensure JIT arrival at each destination.
Each ship will be constructed with technologically advanced materials.
The Technomax ships can cross the ocean possibly faster than existing
container ships. Their annual days usage is greater because
a Technomax ship will not be moored at each port for several days.
At one or more destinations the ship will semi-submerse to float out some
or all the barges, which will motor to one or more ports.
If necessary, a barge can be used as for temporary floating storage
at the source port or at a destination port, saving land space.
Once emptied, the ship can float-in loaded barges. which are
waiting off-shore, and set sail again within an hour or so of arrival
and set sail to another port or return to the port of origin.