Towed Planing Sled for Delivery of Oil Pollution Control Equipment.
NAVAL COASTAL SYSTEMS LAB PANAMA CITY FLA
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A Fast Surface Delivery System was developed at NCSL for the Coast Guard to provide an efficient means to load, transport, and offload oil pollution control equipment at sea. A planing hull sled, towable by surface vessel and helicopter, was designed as the transportation vehicle. The all-aluminum sled has a 15-foot beam and is 45 feet long. The system is unique in that it is designed for towing up to 20,000 pounds of equipment at high speeds and with the capability for loading and offloading the equipment manually. Tests results have shown that the equipment-loaded sled can be safely and efficiently towed in sea states 0-2 by an HH3F helicopter at speeds up to 50 knots, and by an 82-foot WPB at speeds up to 17 knots. The system is towable in sea state 3 at reduced speeds. Author
- Civil Engineering
- Marine Engineering