COMPARATIVE ASSESSMENT OF U.S. AND FOREIGN BUOY TENDERS

This paper reports the results of a comparative study of seven modern foreign buoy tenders and two older U.S. buoy tenders that was conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of its current project to replace its older medium size (WLM) and large seagoing (WLB) buoy tenders. As part of the assessment, the authors visited the foreign ships to observe them conducting buoy tending operations, to review engineering design data, and to discuss buoy tender design, technology and operations with the cognizant operating authorities. The study's objectives were to identify design practices and technology incorporated in the foreign buoy tenders that the U.S. Coast Guard could adapt in designing future buoy tenders and to determine if any foreign buoy tender design meets the Coast Guard requirements for WLB and WLM replacements. The design characteristics, technology, and unique features of each buoy tender studied are described and compared. Lessons learned from the study which could be beneficial in the design of future Coast Guard buoy tenders are identified. Finally, the capabilities of the foreign buoy tenders are assessed in relation to current Coast Guard requirements.

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    • Journal article; Reprints paper presented at ASNE Day, 1989
  • Authors:
    • Kehoe, J W
    • Brower, K S
    • Tuttle, J G
  • Publication Date: 1989-5

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  • Accession Number: 00657301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM