COMPARATIVE SHIP PERFORMANCE SEA TRIALS FOR THE U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTERS MELLON AND CAPE CORWIN AND THE U.S. NAVY SMALL WATERPLANE AREA TWIN HULL SHIP KAIMALINO

During April and May 1978, this Center participated in a set of comparative ship performance trials conducted jointly by the United States Navy (USN) and the U.S. Coast Guard (CG). These trials consisted of the side-by-side operation of the 378-foot CG Cutter MELLON, the 95-foot CG Cutter CAPE CORWIN, and the 89-foot USN small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) ship KAIMALINO in seas of opportunity for three 8-hour periods at different relative headings to the sea, with an additional continuous 36-hour trial period involving only the CAPE CORWIN and the KAIMALINO. Within this trial period there were five 8-hour periods wherein six test subjects per vessel were monitored for physiology and affective state while undergoing a series of human factors experiments designed to evaluate the effects of vessel habitability and ship-motion-related degradation on the task performance of experienced sailors. The suitability of the SWATH for typical Coast Guard missions currently performed by conventional surface ships can be addressed through interpretation of these trial results. This report documents trial details and recording procedures; identifies measurements recorded by DTNSRDC; briefly describes the analysis techniques used; presents results of those analyses; and comments on these results, drawing conclusions as appropriate. This material complements reports currently under preparation by the Coast Guard which primarily address the human factors aspects of this trial.

  • Corporate Authors:

    David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

    Bethesda, MD  USA  20084

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Woolaver, D A
    • Peters, J B
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 75 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314351
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DTNSRDC-80/037 Final Rpt., USCG-D-10-80
  • Contract Numbers: MIPR-Z-70099-9-91412
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM