Fixing the Fitz


#1

This should be an interesting process to follow.


USS Fitzgerald collides with ACX Crystal off coast of Japan
#2

Are the Navy’s own semi-submersible vessels capable of loading the Fitz, or do they have to go out in the civilian market to find a lift for her to the US??

There are several ships able to do this job, both the COSCO Heavylift and Dockwise have vessels with sufficient deck length to do so, but in today’s political climate the Navy may have a problem with using vessels crewed by Chinese or Russians?

When the Blue Marlin loaded the USS Cole off Aden it apparently came as a surprise to the CIA contingent that was sent to protect the operation that this Norwegian ship (at that time) had an all Russian crew. (It shouldn’t have, since her last job was to carry USN Minesweepers from the US to Bahrain)


#3

HMS Nottingham - Australia to UK after grounding


#4

Seen loaded on deck of the Dockwise HLV “SWAN” (ex Dyvi Swan) for transport from Sydney NSW to Portsmouth in the UK on 28 October, 2002.

The USS Cole was loaded on the Blue Marlin in 2000:

As can be seen the Blue Marlin deck is long enough to accommodate the USS Cole, but she is still loaded with the bow hanging over the sides.
This was to protect the Asdic dome which is sticking down below baseline. The alternative would have been to build up cribbing to lift the vessel high enough above deck to clear, which would have been costly, time consuming and would have made the lifting of the cargo out of the water more difficult.

PS> Here is an article about the USS Cole operation from that time: http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20001028/NEWS/310289984


#5

Asdic!? You can’t be that old!
:laughing:


#6

Believe me, I’m that old. You can call it Sonar as much as you want.


#7

Anti Submarine Detection (Investigation?) Committee…if my history is correct.


#8

Here is the history: http://uboat.net/allies/technical/asdic.htm
SONAR is just an American acronym for the same, but it may have more than one meaning: http://www.abbreviations.com/SONAR


#9

Ironic, ain’t it?


#10

Is the USNS John Glenn capable of moving the Fitz? Although I’m not sure why they would.


#11

I would think so, although it is hard to find the deck length of this vessel: http://www.msc.navy.mil/inventory/ships.asp?ship=229

Is she somewhere in the vicinity of Japan though?
Do they have any experience in loading damaged vessels?

Maybe the US Navy would be better off to leave this to somebody with experience in this kind of transports??


#12

The other ship is the USNS Montford Point. I want to say they were built after the Cole incident so they wouldn’t have to contract out like they did with Blue Marlin but I could be wrong.

John Glenn is 240m x 50m


#13

I like this attempt at going metric with the specs on the John Glenn:

[quote]USNS John Glenn (T-ESD-2), is a United States Navy Expeditionary Transfer Dock ship named in honor of John Glenn, a Naval Aviator, retired United States Marine Corps colonel, veteran of World War II … Wikipedia
Length: 233 m
Construction started: April 17, 2012
Launched: September 15, 2013
Displacement: 34.5 million kg
Range: 16.668 million m
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company[/quote]


#14

[quote=“ombugge, post:11, topic:45376”]
I would think so, although it is hard to find the deck length of this vessel: [/quote]

It sure is. My first guess it ~530ft (167m).

Is she somewhere in the vicinity of Japan though?

No, San Diego. Marinetraffic link

Do they have any experience in loading damaged vessels?

Heh. Not touching that one. That’s bait.


#15

The AKEs and JHSVs are the same way. I know NASSCO has a partnership with Daweoo or one of the other south korean firms which may have something to do with it. Austal is an australian company and the JHSVs were atleast somewhat based on a commerical vessel. Those ships also spend the majority of their service life overseas in metric ports and is one other way to confuse pilots less.


You can see the obstructions on the deck. I do not believe it would be easy or cheap to remove those.


#16

The Fitz may come back to the US according to this article which also has some good comments regarding the investigation.


#17

I don’t think the Glenn has those obstructions.


Another shot of the John Glenn.


#18

I would hope that the Pilot Card has measurements in the metric system as well as in US, or Imperial units.
My point was about displacement in millions of kg and range in millions of m.
FYI: Displacement would be given in m.t. (It is not a useful measure for a cargo ship anyway)
Range would be given in n.miles, but has little interest for a Pilot.


#20

Why did they come up with metric tons when 1 MT is just 1 megagram (Mg)?

Regardless, anyone who knows the metric system can quickly and easily convert millions of kg into metric tons, just move the decimal three places.


#21

AH the beauty of the Metric System. Isn’t it GREAT!!!