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Spar Technology as a Seabasing Enabler

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Mark Selfridge, Colen Kennell

NSWC-Carderock, West Bethesda, MD

Paper No. OMAE2005-67315, pp. 719-727; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4196-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


A concept was developed by the Seabasing Innovation Cell within the Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD). The study was undertaken during February–May 2003 with funding provided by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The concept was developed in summer 2003 with further CISD funding and has been chosen for the 2004 Senior Year Design, Build and Test project by Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Ocean Engineering Department. The concept, known as the Deep Water Stable Craneship (DWSC) consists of two entities, a catamaran craneship and a detachable spar, which when connected form a self-deploying, open ocean capable trimaran. The spar can be rotated through 90 degrees, from horizontal to vertical, using seawater ballast. When vertical, partial de-ballasting ‘lifts’ the catamaran clear of the water surface allowing the system to operate as a spar and take advantage of the superior seakeeping afforded by the small waterplane area. The concept was inspired by the “ONR owned” and “Scripp’s Institute operated” FLIPSHIP, and was developed as a potential solution to the Seabasing goal of transferring containerized cargo at sea between large and small vessels in seastate four (significant wave-heights 1.25–2.5m). Current crane operations at-sea are limited to seastate two (significant wave-heights 0.1–0.5m), largely due to pendulation of the load. This paper presents the development of the concept, its performance and alternative uses. In addition, a 1:15 scale ‘demonstrator’ is discussed as is a proposal for a FLIPSHIP-II.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Spar platforms



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