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Cargo Container Transfer Requirements for the Mobile Offshore Base



Roger V. Bostelman, Kenneth R. Goodwin


The purpose of this requirements statement is to serve as a guideline to Mobile Offshore Base (MOB) concept developers, so that cargo handling requirements are fully considered and addressed in the development of concepts and preliminary designs. These requirements have evolved from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratory work to develop cargo crane concepts for the MOB program, as well as from several preliminary concepts of the MOB concept developers under contract of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The scope of this requirements statement includes the lift on/lift off (LO/LO) transfer of cargo that is normally handled by cranes. This includes containers and break bulk cargo, such as tanks and causeway sections. Emphasis is primarily upon the transfer of containers between the MOB and cargo container ships, landing craft, and lighters.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6158
Report Number


Robot Crane, Construction, cargo handling, container transfer, cranes, LO/LO, Mobile Offshore Base (MOB)


Bostelman, R. and Goodwin, K. (1998), Cargo Container Transfer Requirements for the Mobile Offshore Base, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created April 1, 1998, Updated November 19, 2008