Dry Cargo Vessels

Since it’s founding in 1968, C.R. Cushing & Co. has had a long history with dry cargo vessels.  One of our first major projects we had the privilege to design and supervised the construction of at that time 12 of the world’s largest containerships in South Korea. We have continued to play an active role in the development and evolution of dry cargo vessels.  We pride ourselves in making our client’s visions a reality.

Examples of previous projects include:

  • The design and construction supervision of the world's largest dry cargo containerships (12 vessels) in South Korea for U.S. Lines.
  • The jumboizing of twelve large containerships, which included a coarse and fine mesh FEA analysis of entire ship in Japan for Sea-Land Service.  
  • Design for the reconstruction of a fleet of tankers into containerships.
  • Conversion of Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) ships into containerships.
  • The design and construction supervision of a fleet of ro/ros, with the first diesel PTO-driven generator;
  • Conversion of a fleet (eight ships) of the world’s fastest merchant ships to naval auxiliary vessels.
  • Develop conversion of a large containership of a Pre-positioned Logistics Support Vessel for the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Provided technical assistance, plan approval, and yard construction supervision of three new vessels for trans-Atlantic service, including the supervision of loading and container handling in all ports on the maiden voyage;
  • Design and calculations, including preparation of specifications and contract plans, and solicitation of shipyard bids, for a mass-produced standard containership with numerous unique and patentable features, for a European steamship company;
  • Provided design, plan approval, and construction of two classes of nine reefer ships built in Spain for an international fruit company;
  • Prepared specifications and contract plans, gave general technical assistance, supervised yard construction, and inspected a fleet of high speed containerships, constructed in Germany for German owners;
  • Provided preliminary design, contract design and specifications, and supervised the construction of a 150,000 DWT bulk carrier built in Japan for Spanish owners;
  • Prepared design and specifications, and supervised the construction of four large containerships, built in Korean yards for Korean owners;
  • Supervised the construction of a high-tech combination reefer shipyard/automobile carrier in Japan.  Provided considerable after-delivery support to insure proper operations of sophisticated refrigeration system and hydraulic car platforms and ramps;
  • Developed contract design for large catamaran ro-ro barges.
  • Developed preliminary steel weight and cost estimates for the conversion of four tankers to containerships.
  • Evaluated new construction and conversion alternatives of self-propelled vessels, integrated tug-barges, and deck barges for a rail car ferry operation.
  • Perform preliminary designs of rail car ITB and self-propelled vessel for short sea service.
  • Prepared preliminary design studies for a post-Panamax containership for a U.S. container operator.
  • Studied trim and stability on refrigerated cargo/container ships to analyze possible enhancements to container capacity.
  • Analyzed and developed solutions to bottom shell cracking problems on a class of eight containerships.
  • Plan review, calculation verification, structural design, and other aspects of detail design review to support Quincy Shipbuilding in converting the SL-7 class containerships to meet Military Sealift requirements as a TAKRX.
  • Plan review, calculation verification, and specification review in support of American President Lines' offer for the conversion of C5 cargo ships to meet Military Sealift Command requirements as TAKRX pre-positioned ships.
  • Conducted design, specifications, plans, and engineering of the Roll on/Roll off vessel the M/V Cape Edmont for sale to the U.S. Federal Government.
  • Plan review, design, and specification for the modification of LASH-type vessels to meet U.S. military requirements.
  • Studied the conversion and reflagging of foreign-flag Roll on/Roll off vessels to U.S. flag specifications for the U.S. Maritime Administration.
  • Conducted design, specifications, plans, and engineering for the reflagging of The M/V American Eagle to U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping standards for Military Sealift Command charter.
  • Developed concept design for vessel to serve as a container crane transfer facility in conjunction with non-sustaining containerships to meet proposed requirements for the U.S. military.
  • Conducted design, specifications, plans, and engineering for the reflagging and deck modification of the M/V American Cormorant to U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping standards for use as a Military Sealift Command chartered semi-submersible, heavy lift vessel.
  • Performed analyses of ro-ro decks to determine compliance with vessel charter requirements.
  • Developed steel weight and cost estimates for ro-ro barge modification options to increase cargo capacity.
  • Carried out rudder force and torque calculations to confirm suitability of rudder pintle dimensions.
  • Developed a lashing system for two containerships chartered by the Military Sealift Command.
  • Guided procurement of 3,500HP harbor tugboats for a Port Authority.
  • The design (and patents) for a unique reel pipe laying vessel;
  • The design of an oil spill recovery vessel;
  • Carried out numerous modifications of hatch covers and container restraint systems to suit new combinations of container stowage.





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