THE IMPACT OF CURRENT ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN OCEAN TRANSPORT UPON STRATEGIC MOBILITY

During the 50's, economic pressures forced transport mode operators to redesign their cargo stowage equipment and handling techniques. The resultant reconfigurations are driving traditional break bulk freighters out of the major trade routes. Concurrently, DOD is faced with the task of reconstituting the nations strategic sealift. Lessons learned in Vietnam indicate a requirement for shipment integrity, rapid ship discharge and greater flexibility in port operations. Among the options available to DOD are the containership and the bargeship. The containership provides the dual capability of discharging at a very rapid rate while maintaining shipment integrity. The adaptability of the helicopter to port operations particularly with respect to the containership is also discussed. The bargeship, adaptable to a wide variety of type cargoes, has a unique standoff capability. Barges are discharged in the roadstead and moved to shallow draft berths for discharge. Integration of these configurations into the DOD strategic sealift is recommended as a means of accelerating the impetus of strategic assaults. (Modified author abstract)

  • Corporate Authors:

    U.S. Army War College

    Carlisle Barracks
    Carlisle, PA  USA  17013
  • Authors:
    • Lampros, J
  • Publication Date: 1972-2-22

Media Info

  • Pagination: 42 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1974 12:00AM