The system is designed to help the pilot during three phases of docking designated as the Approach Phase, the Static Alignment Phase and the Terminal Maneuver Phase. The first two phases will bring the ship within a few hundred feet of the dock. In the critical last phase, the design calls for the measurement of bow and stern velocities and distance with respect to the dock, ship speed parallel to the dock, and ship angle with respect to the dock. A unique feature is the capability of accurate alignment of the ship's manifold (in the case of a tanker) with the unloading gantry on the dock. An innovative feature of the system is the use of a novel radar system developed by Sperry Research Center. This system, which is called BARDS -- an acronym for Baseband Radar Docking Sensor, can accurately measure distance of the docking vessel in the final 1000 feet of the docking maneuver. The use of this system will overcome the difficulties of other systems, such as underwater sonar and doppler radar, which are presently in use for docking systems. All of the measuring instrumentation will be mounted on the dock and measurements will be transmitted to the pilot by telemetry.

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 11-20
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 5

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  • Accession Number: 00139767
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: North-Holland Publishing Company
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM