U.S. NAVY INVESTIGATION INTO DEVELOPING ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF SHIP DISCHARGE FACILITIES AT SEA

A decreasing supply of amphibious ships capable of offloading vehicles at an undeveloped beach prompted the U.S. Navy to begin investigating the use of commercial Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) ships for follow-on support of future amphibious landings. RO/RO ships are capable of carrying large numbers of vehicles and containers which makes them ideal for supporting an amphibious operation. However, most commercial RO/ROs are designed to offload only at specially prepared wharves where permanently installed ramps are available. This paper reviews the ongoing efforts of the U.S. Navy through the Civil Engineering Laboratory to identify and design the optimum offloading concept for the major classes of RO/RO ships available. Variables which are taken into consideration include: RO/RO ship selection. Military vehicle characteristics (What are maximums?). Military vehicle interface problems with vessel. Choice of exit from vessel (Which is optimum?). Rate of offloading (Can goals be met?).

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

    Suite 507, 1012 14th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20005
  • Authors:
    • Rausch, A B
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 43-53
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  • Accession Number: 00312233
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM