This paper describes one facet of a continuing effort within the Maritime Administration to insure the adequacy of the United States Merchant Marine in a war or national emergency. As a result of comments on "Merchant Ships for Wartime Mobilization Prototype Design and Construction for Readiness", given at ASNE Day 1976, a concept study was initiated within the Maritime Administration to assess the utility of integrated Tug-Barges in a mobilization program. The results of this study are given in this paper. In light of the restricted number of shipways available for building the multi-purpose mobilization ship, the need is defined for another ship type which would be suitable for construction at a larger number of facilities. General design objectives are then developed for this ancillary ship which satisfy mobilization requirements. A brief analysis of the capability of integrated Tug-Barges to meet the design objectives is conducted, followed by four Barge concept designs and a description of Tug options, which demonstrate the feasibility of utilizing Tug-Barges in a mobilization effort. The eventual goal, after the completion of a preliminary design phase, will be the development of a set of contract plans and specifications followed by the construction of a prototype vessel.

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    • ASNE Day 1980 Technical Paper: Session No. 1--Navy/MarAd.
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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Wilson, W B
    • Foltis, C
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 23-33
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  • Accession Number: 00312232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM