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An extended ballast leg has been a problem to global oil transportation since more than a century ago. Automobile transportation, although relatively new, has been restricted the same way by the very nature of the trade. Many attempts to commercialize multi-cargo mono-hull designs have failed for the last 30 years. The most prominent among these was the Oil/Bulk/Ore (OBO) design concept promulgated in the late 70’s. This ill-fated concept was never able to establish itself in the market place and was hampered by severe structural problems and shifting global trade patterns.

The proposed new, patented, multi-hull ComboTanker design intends to change this paradigm and revolutionize the way these commodities and other cargoes are transported by sea during the next century. This new vessel concept will redefine the extend of intermodalism that is currently available. It will highlight the distinct competitive advantages it offers by substantially improving economic flexibility of shipowners. This added flexibility comes as a result of allowing more mixing high value cargoes (oil, containers, automobiles) and making more lucrative backhauls. It will also safeguard shipowners from fluctuating freight rates and unpredicted changes in cargo availability.

While serving as a tanker of crude or refined petroleum product, (or any other liquid bulk), the ComboTanker could be loaded with cargo, containers or automobiles for more lucrative backhauls. Crude oil (or any other liquid bulk) is loaded in its twin hulls. Cargo, containers (on board cranes provided if necessary), or cars (in this case the autodecks and ramps are built on the main deck) for the backhaul are loaded on the main deck.
The ComboTanker is an integration of SWATH, Fast Ferry, and Multi-Hull concepts. The integrity of the design will eliminate all structural problems that were so crucial to other combination concepts where different cargoes were loaded on the oil tanks resulting in cracks and fatal incidents. The unique multi-hull design with submerged horizontal hulls will provide superior speed, shallow draft opportunities, enough stability and station keeping to load cargo on the main deck.

The ComboTanker concept has a very wide application range from small 5,000dwt cargo combination carriers to VLCC. Aftermarket applications also look good ranging from offshore supply vessels to navy logistics or replenishment ships. The applications worked on ytd: tanker - cargo combination carrier 5,500, 20,000 dwt, aframax size tanker - containership 80,000 tons of crude oil and 2,000 TEUs on the way back, tanker - car carrier 80,000 tons of crude oil and 5,000 midsize cars on the way back. All of these applications have a simple modular structure – easy to design and built. ABS safe hull and safety rules compliant.

This new intermodal carrier will present new transportation strategy introducing new and exciting opportunity to significantly reduce operational costs and increase effectiveness of global transportation and port utilization. Positive economic evaluation received. Can pay back almost twice as fast as conventional design. The market demand is substantial and continues to grow for multi-functional tanker / containership / car carriers.
Most common mistake – do not compare this design to specialized ships.
It is a new, more lucrative combination and better structural design that works.
Looking for partners, investors, shipowners interested in new and more effective ways of global and intermediate transportation.


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