What Is It?
The Large Vessel Interface Lift-on/Lift-off (LVI Lo/Lo) Crane is an advanced motion-compensated at-sea cargo transfer system that will be able to transfer fully loaded cargo containers between ships at sea in Sea State 4 and below by providing six degrees-of-freedom control of the payload without taglines.
How Does It Work?
The system enables the rapid and safe at-sea transfer of standard ISO containers and other heavy loads from military and commercially available ships onto the Sea Base. Capability details include:
- Ability to maintain optimal cargo throughput rates through Sea State 4
- Ability to transfer cargo between two ships directly alongside each other at zero forward speed or underway at slow speed in the open ocean
- Motion sensing and compensation for the ships and/or the cranes will allow safe and efficient transfer of cargobility to transfer cargo
What Will It Accomplish?
The LVI Lo/Lo crane is a key technology for enabling the flow of joint logistics through the Sea Base. Currently, to off-load a container ship, it must have a safe deep-water port. By adding the LVI Lo/Lo crane to the Sea Base, the container ship can be off-loaded at sea, with the containers transferred to other modes of transportation for the final leg to the shore. This eliminates the need for a secure deep-water port and enables the flow of containerized logistics through the Sea Base to the shore.