MARINE AND TERMINAL TRANSPORTABILITY GUIDANCE
6-3. Water Shipment
The mine dispenser can be transported by a va-
This chapter provides transportability guidance
riety of inland waterway cargo carriers, by light-
for marine and terminal movement of the mine
ers, and by most seagoing cargo vessels.
dispenser. It covers significant technical and
physical characteristics and also prescribes the
materials and guidance required to prepare, lift,
The methods described in this chapter for lifting
tiedown, and discharge the dispenser.
and securing are suggested procedures. Other
methods of handling and stowage may be used
provided they will insure safe delivery without
Safety precautions are contained in chapter 3.
LOADING AND SECURING
6-4. General Rules
able and when ramps are available. They can be
loaded onto seagoing vessels by shoreside or float-
a. Stowage. Whenever possible, belowdeck stow-
ing cranes of adequate capacity or by heavy-lift
age should be provided. In general, good stowage
means placing the items as close together as prac-
tical, with minimum space between outer item
and sweatboards (approximately 4 to 6 inches).
6-5. General-Cargo and Barge-Type (LASH
Breakable parts should be protected, spare parts
and SEABEE) Ships
stowed in or near parent item, and brakes set with
brake lever wire tied. Secure the dispenser by
Dispenser fuel tanks must be drained and battery
blocking wheels front, rear, and on both sides;
terminals must be disconnected and taped.
lash with wire rope or chains to bulkhead, stan-
a. Lighterage. When transporting the mine dis-
chions, or padeyes.
penser by lighterage to or from vessels, blocking
b. Lifting. The mine dispenser has four lifting
will be required. When transporting long dis-
eyes. Two are located at the front corners and two
tances or through rough water, tiedowns must
are located at the rear corners of the trailer bed.
also be used.
Two spreader bars must be used with the sling
b. Securing. Requirements for securing the
legs attached to the front and rear lifting eyes to
mine dispensers aboard general-cargo and barge-
preclude damage to the powerpack and controls
type vessels are essentially the same. Secure the
dispensers by blocking the wheels front, rear, and
c. Loading. Mine dispensers will be loaded on
on both sides; lash with wire rope or chains to
cargo vessels in their minimum configuration as
bulkheads, stanchions, or padeyes. Figure 6-2
described in paragraph 2-5. They may be loaded
shows suggested blocking and tiedown details.
in operational configuration aboard landing craft,
Materials for blocking and tiedown are listed in
beach discharge lighters, amphibious lighters,
table 6-1. Application of materials is shown in
and landing ships by towing with a suitable prime
mover or by lifting with cranes of at least 8-ton
c. Stowage in barges. Barge stability is notice-
capacity. They can be loaded onto the decks of
ably affected by the loading of heavy items. The
barges from a pier when tidal conditions are suit-