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Effective Solutions for the JLOTS Sea State 3 Problem: Use of Commercial Offshore Cargo Handling Technology

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Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) operations continue to have challenges with operating in sea state 3 and higher conditions. These problems stem from the difficulties and dangers in operating large cargo ships, small lighters, floating platforms, expeditionary piers, and long Petroleum Oil and Lubricants (POL) conduits all in close proximity to each other in rough seas and winds in an austere environment. The complexity of efficient ship-to-shore cargo transfer under these conditions, and the dangers posed to vessels and cargo handling personnel, consistently causes a sharp decrease in cargo throughput which degrades the JLOTS mission. Over the past twenty years some military maritime technological progress has been made to resolve these challenges, and some new equipment has been fielded to the joint force, but much more still needs to be done to solve this enduring limitation. Many solutions that can be applied today are found in the commercial offshore marine service industry. The offshore energy sectors that support oil, gas, and wind power construction and services have a wealth of both mature and newly developed technologies that are ripe for application to the JLOTS rough seas problem. This paper will show how these industry-proven offshore marine systems, along with their latest state-of-the art fielded technologies, all have a tremendous application to the JLOTS sea state 3 (and higher) problem. Many of these capabilities can be applied immediately to make a major difference in today's JLOTS operations. Other new marine technologies can also be further adapted to solve the remaining JLOTS capability gaps.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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  • The Naval Engineers Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.
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