Operational Evaluation of Tug/Barge Systems.
Final rept. 1 Mar 78-30 Jun 79,
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF OCEAN ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this report is to identify the potential military roles of the commercial Ocean-Going Tug-Barge OGTB fleet and to suggest how it may be efficiently used in military operations. The overall conclusion is that the commercial fleet of OGTBs in conjunction with our nations extensive tug and barge building facilities provides a substantial sealift capability in support of the Military Sealift Command MSC peacetime, contingency, and mobilization operations. In many instances it is determined that OGTBs are superior to ships in fulfilling cargo transport, Naval Fleet Auxiliary, and scientific support missions due to their ability to separate propulsion unit tug from cargofunctional unit barge. This separability allows drop-and-swap operation where specialization of function tugs for transport and barges for storage and shoreside operations may result in mission accomplishment at less cost than if ships were used. Additionally, this flexibility of separability allows the same propulsion unit to be used in any of MCSs three mission areas as demands and priorities dictate.
- Marine Engineering
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies