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Why one big cargo ship is more efficient than 10 or 100 smaller ships?

Given the fact that small container ships are easier to manufacture than big container ships.. then why is it considered better to build bigger ships instead of many smaller ships? And to see why ...
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Maneuverability calculation of a catamaran ship with azimuth thruster?

In a competition about ship prototype performance, my team decided to make a small catamaran ship with azimuth thrusters. This competition was originally about speed contest but due to COVID-19 it was ...
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Why are Chinese aircraft carriers conventionally powered? [closed]

China has nuclear-powered submarines, which means China is able to manufacture portable nuclear power-plants. Then, why is the latest Chinese aircraft carrier Shandong conventionally powered?
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Can a riverboat tack upriver?

Note: This question originally appeared on the Physics site (see here) and was closed for being off-topic. Whoops! If ships at sea can tack in a zigzaggy pattern by converting backwards force from the ...
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Longtitudinal Centre of Gravity for Ship Cargo

I did a Civil Engineering course some years ago and this question from my textbook, I have found what seems impossible to get the correct answer of 46.2 m for. By putting this question up I am hoping ...
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Auxiliary engines on cargo vessels, what types are used for what purpose?

On large cargo ships (dry bulk carriers, or tankers) there are main and auxiliary engines. Auxiliary engines can be internal or external combustion (generators vs boilers) and generate electricity to ...
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What are the 'poles' off the side off this aircraft carrier's flight deck?

Looking at a model of the HMS Ark Royal I found myself intrigued by the prominent 'poles' lining the flight deck. Some investigation on Google reveals that they can apparently be lowered to lay ...
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Describe the replacement flow of water at the stern of a large ship

What is the flow path of water immediately at the stern of a large, deep draft ship (like a container ship 250+m long for example)? Does it fill in the area displaced by the hull from all sides ...
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How to find Ship Transverse Metacentic Height

I did a Civil Engineering course some years ago and from my textbook I had this question. I found that a very interesting question, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find a solution to this. I ...
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Why not build container ships from plastic?

This may sound crazy but bear with me. I was thinking about why cargo ships are built from such heavy material as steel, while smaller boats are often made of plastics. I know cargo ships carry a lot ...
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Regarding the ITTC Guidelines for Ship CFD applications

I was reading through the ITTC – Recommended Procedures and Guidelines - Practical Guidelines for Ship CFD Applications (https://ittc.info/media/4196/75-03-02-03.pdf) document and this little thing ...
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Why don't modern warships still use cannons?

This question is about a technical aspect of naval warfare, and I think that this site is the closest fit. History would have been my next guess. In the TV show “The Last Ship” the protagonists have ...
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Why are aircraft carriers so expensive to build? [closed]

The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz cost \$4.5bn. The cruise ship Allure of the Seas cost \$1.2bn. Why is the difference so huge?
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Thrust generated by a ship

While reading about airplane engines on the internet, it is common to find figures of their thrust, in kilo Newton. However, in the case of ships and naval vessels, when talking about the engine, the ...
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How does a cable-laying ship retrieve a partly-laid cable?

I was reading an article in the press this week about a project to lay an undersea cable across the Tasman Sea. The ship had had to return to port for repairs and return to complete the job later. ...
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What kind of ship is this?

I've recently been on Rügen and I have seen this: Does anybody have an idea what this is? (To give Google a chance: A ship with four "towers" made out of steel on it. They looks a bit like high-...
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How to design a reinforced concrete ship keel?

I am building a small ship (or very large sailboat) that will have a concrete ballast at the base of the keel. I am looking to increase the weight of the concrete (lb/ft3), but I also want to maximize ...
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Why would you launch a large ship by dropping it sideways?

I'm referring to the process shown in this video: https://youtu.be/Quyr5R1Rbfw?t=20 Or this image from Wikipedia: In it, a large warship is launched into the water by essentially dropping it ...