The USCG has undertaken the development of a Fast Service Delivery System to provide an efficient means to deliver pollution response equipment to the scene of a high seas oil spill. A planing hull sled, towable by surface vessel or helicopter, was designed as the transportation vehicle. The all-aluminum sled has a 15-ft beam, is 45 ft long, and weighs 10,000 lb. The system can deliver a 20,000-lb payload and can be unloaded at sea manually. Test results have shown that the equipment-loaded sled can be safely and efficiently towed by an HH3F helicopter at speeds less than 17 kn in sea state 3 or less. The empty sled at rest in the water lies with the aft end submerged. Sled-mounted hand winches are used to inhaul and secure the floating payload. After the sled is underway, the water drains, the stern comes up, and the sled hydroplanes. At the deployment site, quick-release hooks on the lines securing the equipment to the sled are tripped and the stern submerges, leaving the payload floating free.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 417-421

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00177091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication 4284
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM