This report addresses the feasibility of providing high speed commercial ships with an astern refueling capability to support escorts for a Trans-Atlantic convoy. Commercial ships fitted with refueling equipment would expand the military support provided by the merchant fleet in times of war or other national emergencies. Three MarAd-designed commercial ships were considered: C6-S-86a & b container ships and C9-S-8ld LASH ships. On the C9-S-8ld class ship, delivery equipment can be installed with only minor modification to existing ships' systems; existing salt water ballast tankage is more than adequate to carry required fuel volume. On the C6-S-85a & b classes more extensive modifications are necessary. Additional piping lines required are lengthy and interference with existing pipe is unavoidable. Available tankage on the C6-S-85a & b classes is adequate to support convoy escort refueling requirements. The report recommends a fleet-wide survey of available commercial container ships for an evaluation of the optimum type and number of ships for actual conversion. Further studies of installation details are recommended, as are similar feasibility studies on other classes of ships.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Henry (JJ) Company, Incorporated

    90 West Street
    New York, NY  United States  10006

    Maritime Administration

    Office of Advanced Ship Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1980

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM