|T3.2.1 Deep sea sampling equipment|
|T3.2.2 New deep-sea winch design|
|T3.2.3 Multipurpose crane/handling system for deep water operations|
|T3.2.4 Moon-pool use for deployment and recovery of research tools|
Lead: CSIC, with design engineering work undertaken by FERRI SA under subcontract
M12-M42. Knuckle-jib cranes are common on-board research vessels. They are used for the loading of material and its transfer and location on the decks of the vessel. The possibility of using such cranes for the deployment of heavy equipment over the side with supports will be investigated. The deployment by means of two cables (traction and coax) and of different material (steel and aramid) will be explored. This potential multi-functionality of such cranes would reduce rigging and loading on the working deck of smaller vessels. A conceptual design and specification will be developed for a multifunction crane for handling deep-water research equipment including corers, TV-Grabs, cameras and deployment of sea equipment. Ideally, the crane will be designed for use with a portable winch and suited to larger regional and Ocean Vessels. (Task Leader: CSIC, with design engineering work undertaken by FERRI SA under subcontract).