THE NAVY'S FIRST OCEAN CONSTRUCTION PLATFORM, SEACON: DESIGN AND OPERATION

The SEACON is the Navy's first ocean construction platform. Converted from a 260-ft (79.2 m) YFNB-5603 seagoing barge, the SEACON was designed to be a self-sufficient, dynamically positioned platform. Specialized navigation, control and under water systems permit the vessel to locate, recover, and install structures on the ocean bottom. Additional capabilities include: laying and shore-ending cable, diving operations, and deep ocean lifts of 50 tons. Designed for versatility, the large deck space and center well are intended to support various specialized equipments utilized during each particular operation. This paper discusses the design requirements and criteria for the conversion, method of construction, general arrangement, and propulsion machinery. The dynamic positioning control, navigation and underwater systems are described. The vessel's first major operation is discussed along with comments on its design and performance.

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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

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    Jersey City, NJ  United States  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Agdern, F A
    • Sherwood, W G
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

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  • Accession Number: 00190249
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM