Cargo Transfer from Offshore Supply Vessels to Large Deck Vessels

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-11-C-4125
Agency Tracking Number: N061-057-1150
Amount: $447,929.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-057
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite 400, Columbia, MD, -
DUNS: 016565277
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gilbert Lovell
 (443) 766-7962
Business Contact
 David Lupi
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (443) 766-7862
Research Institution
The Navy desires better methods of personnel transfer between two vessels at sea, especially when one vessel is large and the other small. The use of rope and accommodation ladders is common today and well-known to be dangerous and inefficient. Starting with concepts developed in Phase I, a personnel transfer system that employs a cable-driven manipulator and is capable of compensating for relative motion between the large and the small vessels will be developed under the Phase II effort. The system will be designed to be mounted on the upper deck of a large vessel such as an LMSR and will be capable of transferring people in a gondola in up to at least sea state three conditions. The gondola will also be able to accommodate a casualty with attendant or up to 1000 lbs. of stores. The small vessels can range from a RHIB to a JHSV. The system will provide increased safety, reliability, and cost effectiveness over current personnel transfer methods.

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