Crane Alternatives to Improve Maintenance Capacity, Efficiency and Safety – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142078

Problem: Currently, naval shipyards are operating their lifting and handling processes with equipment and technology that is, in some cases, decades old.  In addition, shipyards are predominately reliant on portal cranes for heavier lifts into and out of the dry docks.  Portal cranes require rail systems throughout the shipyard for movement and require crane teams consisting of a minimum of three personnel to watch, monitor, and supervise movements and lifts of this equipment.

Benefit: Development of these solutions will establish a means for any industry suffering from aging infrastructure to not only determine whether to invest in capital improvements but will generate the ability to improve maintenance capacity, efficiency and safety.

Solution/Approach: This Phase II initiative will build on phase I results and assess the ability to expand the use of bridge cranes in DD5 of Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.  Phase II will be focused on researching, designing, and proposing the best alternative for moving items into and out of a dry dock that are too large to be lifted by a crane with only a 65-foot hook height.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve shipyard operational capacity and performance
  • Enhance safety and workforce utilization
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Command
  • Naval Sea Systems Command PMS 555

Industry Participation:

  • Engineered Rigging
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement