Accession Number : ADA338792

Title :   An Investigation into the Impacts of Adding Automated Damage Control System to a Coast Guard 270' WMEC Cutter

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Personal Author(s) : Gage, Jon G.

PDF Url : ADA338792

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : This investigation studied the ship impacts of adding an automated damage control system to a Coast Guard vessel. The available new technology may allow better damage control systems to be utilized aboard Coast Guard vessels, with potential accompanying manning reductions. This study attempts to quantify some of the expected changes in parameters and how they may be applied to other new ship designs. This study was carried out in three distinct parts: 1) A technology assessment of existing and proven damage control technologies for possible use on future Coast Guard vessels was conducted. Systems available commercially or through the U.S. Navy were included. Long term R&D efforts were excluded from this study. 2) A preliminary automated damage control system design was completed. The design used a Total Ship System Engineering design approach. The Coast Guard 270' Medium Endurance Cutter was the baseline platform utilized. 3) The new design was compared to the existing baseline ship to investigate and determine the ship parameters impact. Specifically, the parameters monitored were displacement, interior volume, cost, electrical load and manning levels. Conclusions concerning the potential value of an automated damage control system aboard ships, were drawn and presented in this report.


Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE