Engineering and Operational Characteristics of a 210 Foot Medium Endurance Cutter Class (WMEC)
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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Two U.S. Coast Guard Medium Endurance Cutters WMECs were tested to define baseline characteristics of the 210 foot class. The USCGC VIGOROUS was tested in calm water to obtain speed-power, noise level, machinery vibration levels, and maneuvering data. The results obtained were definitive engine power characteristics and fuel consumption data for double and single engine controllable pitch propulsion on the 1000 long ton, medium endurance cutter. Noise levels were measured and related to International Organization for Standardization ISO limits. Rough water testing was performed on USCGC ACTIVE to obtain seakeeping data. Limited results were obtained due to a confused sea state at time of test in four foot significant seas.
- Marine Engineering