Oceanographic instrumentation towed from a surface platform is normally subjected to unwanted vertical motion by the rolling, heaving and pitching of the platform. This motion can cause severe shock-loading conditions in the tow cable and induces unplanned depth variations that reduce the instruments' resolution. This article discusses a unique motion-compensation system for use with towed instrumentation that eliminates shock loading and minimises depth variation. The system is operational in sea states as high as 5 and effectively decouples 96% of the vessel's motion.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Ocean Engineering, 10 <1983>, p.295 <No.4> (5 pp., 1 graph, 1 phot.)
  • Authors:
    • Kidera, E H
  • Publication Date: 1983


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00685381
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM