The “design, operation and technology of container ships” is the special prescribed topic for the 2024 leaving certificate engineering exam. The Rethinking Engineering Education in Ireland (REEdI) project is delighted to help students explore this topic, as container ships have captivated the minds of engineers for decades.
Due to economic, environmental and operational constraints container ships present engineers with unique design, stability, and propulsion challenges. This has required engineers to collaborate across disciplines to design and manufacture safe and efficient vessels, capable of transporting tens of thousands of containers, in sometimes extreme conditions.
Engineers have continued to innovate and improve the design of container ships since they first launched, in the 1950s. As the demand to transport vast quantities of materials and products around the world grows, container ships will continue to be a captivating topic for engineers.
Scroll down to check out a virtual tour of a container ship, a virtual 3D model, an interactive map of the world’s shipping routes, and take an online quiz to test your knowledge of the topic.