Accession Number : ADA134660

Title :   Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) Merchant Vessel Offloading Facility Tests with the Calm Water Ramp (CWR) (COTS (Container Offloading and Transfer System) CNO Project 299, DT-IM-2).

Descriptive Note : Research and development rept.,

Corporate Author : DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Vaughters,T G ; Aho,J A

PDF Url : ADA134660

Report Date : May 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 99

Abstract : The United States has long included merchant ships in plans to support Navy Marine Corps Amphibious Assault Follow-on Echelon (AFOE) and Army Logistics Over-the-Shore (LOTS) operations. The shifts toward port-dependent cargo ships has given rise to the investigation of other methods/facilities to offload cargo without getting into development of complex harbor facilities similar to those used commercially. The tests with the calm water ramp (CWR) demonstrate, in part, the viability of using the ramp to offload nonself-sustaining roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ships in an offshore setting. Due to the unavailability of a nonself-sustaining RO/RO ship, all tests were designed to correspond and reproduce actual operating parameters. The ramp was raised through the extremes of its operating range and several representative military vehicles were driven up an included section of the CWR. The Causeway Platform Facility (CPF) was configured for ramp operations and moored alongside the merchant ship SS AMERICAN TROJAN where simulated vehicle offloadings from Causeway Ferries and Landing Crafts Utility (LCUs) were conducted. Based on these tests, the CWR and the CPF have demonstrated that can operate effectively to satisfy all of their design requirements.

Descriptors :   *Cargo handling, *Floating platforms, Offshore, Cargo ships, Military vehicles, Unloading, Ramps, Causeways, Floating bodies, Ferrying missions, Landing craft, Docking, Performance(Engineering), Sea testing

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE