T E C H N O M A X   M A R I N E 







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
  • Port congestion
  • 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


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 Canal
  • 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.