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Survey of Cargo Handling Research Relative to the Mobile Offshore Base (MOB) Needs



Roger V. Bostelman, Kenneth R. Goodwin


The Mission Need Statement for the Mobile Offshore Base (MOB) calls for a capability to perform full logistics support through Sea State 3, including waves of approximately 1.6 m (5 ft). However, a technical crane capability to do cargo container loading and unloading in Sea State 3 has not yet been demonstrated.The Office of Naval Research (ONR) MOB program management team has recognized crane development as a critical technology that will be necessary for any feasible MOB. ONR has requested the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to assess the current state of practice in crane automation and motion compensation. This report is intended to establish a baseline and identify research needed to satisfy any gaps in the requisite technology.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6306
Report Number


Robot Crane, Control, Miscellaneous, crane research, JLOTS, MOB, motion compensation, sea state 3, MOB LO/LO requirements


Bostelman, R. and Goodwin, K. (1999), Survey of Cargo Handling Research Relative to the Mobile Offshore Base (MOB) Needs, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created March 1, 1999, Updated December 2, 2008