Slipway and Stern Entry Systems

slipway and stern entry systems

quad wheel drive units

Model: PQBS Model: PQBS

Model: PQBS

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Model: PQBS-T Model: PQBS-T

Model: PQBS-T

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Model: PQBS-T-P Model: PQBS-T-P

Model: PQBS-T-P

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Model: PQBS-D Model: PQBS-D

Model: PQBS-D

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Model: PQBS-D-P Model: PQBS-D-P

Model: PQBS-D-P

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Model: PQBS-D-S Model: PQBS-D-S

Model: PQBS-D-S

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Model: PQBS-T-D-P

Model: PQBS-T-D-P

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Model: PQBS-D-C

Model: PQBS-D-C

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Model: PQBS-R Model: PQBS-R

Model: PQBS-R

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Model: PQBS-SR-E-P Model: PQBS-SR-E-P

Model: PQBS-SR-E-P

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Model: PQBS-E-P Model: PQBS-E-P

Model: PQBS-E-P

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Model: PQBS-MB-B Model: PQBS-MB-B

Model: PQBS-MB-B

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SLIPWAY AND STERN ENTRY SYSTEMS WITH QUAD WHEEL DRIVE UNITS

PALFINGER's hydraulically powered, semi-automatic slipway system consists of several wheel drive units (quad units) in two (or multiple) rows that rotate on axes to automatically adapt the slipway to the hull shape of a daughter craft during launch and recovery operations.

A daughter craft can engage the slipways at a range of speeds, up to seven knots higher than the speed of the mother vessel with some systems. When a boat enters the slipway the overrunning clutches allow free rotation of the wheels in the recovery direction until the boat speed and wheel drive speeds match.

At that point, the hydraulically powered wheel drive units take over under single-operator control and dock the daughter craft safely inside the slipway. End stoppers automatically set the craft in parking and stowage positions and engage failsafe brakes on the wheel drives.

MAX. SEA STATE FOR SLIPWAY OPERATIONS

The structural strength of the system is high and is normally not the limiting factor. Test and operational use of PALFINGER slipway systems have been performed in sea states above seven with the mother vessel steaming ahead at low speed.

Safe operations at high sea states are highly dependent on:

  • Mother vessel heading and speed
  • Mother vessel responsiveness (RAO Profile)
  • Waves and wind pattern
  • Boat driver’s skills
QUAD WHEEL DRIVE UNITS

Wheel drive unit configuration:          4 wheels on each wheel drive unit
Brakes:                                                     1 for each wheel
Hydraulic motors:                                  1 for each wheel
Over-running clutches:                         1 for each wheel
Number of quad wheel drive units:    Depending on length of slipway
Length of quad wheel drive units:      1,526 mm
Width of quad wheel drive units:        960 mm
Wheel diameter:                                     Ø 600 mm (Foam filled)
Wheel drive units tilt mechanism:      2x Bearing arrangement
Wheel drive unit tilt range:                   +/-20°
Max. freewheel speed, inlet:                0-240 m/min (0-7 knots)
Max. freewheel speed, outlet:             0-35 m/min (0-1.1 knots)
Drive assist speed, in and out:             0-25 m/min (0-0.8 knots)
Max. depth for installation:                   2 meter below water surface
Max. load, each wheel:                          4 tonnes
Weight (each wheel drive unit):           Approximately 725 kg

Single wheel drive units

Model: PSWS-SR Model: PSWS-SR

Model: PSWS-SR

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Model: PSWS-T-D Model: PSWS-T-D

Model: PSWS-T-D

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SLIPWAY AND STERN ENTRY SYSTEMS WITH SINGLE WHEEL DRIVE UNITS

PALFINGER’s hydraulically powered, semi-automatic slipway system consists of several single wheel drive units in parallel rows. The tilt, height and distance between the wheels can be manually adjusted to conform to a range of daughter craft hulls.

A daughter craft can engage the slipways at a range of speeds up to seven knots higher than the speed of the mother vessel. When a boat enters the slipway the overrunning clutches allow free rotation of the wheels in the recovery direction until the boat speed and wheel drive speeds match.

At that point, the hydraulically powered wheel drive units will take over under single-operator control and dock the daughter craft safely inside the slipway. End stoppers automatically set the craft in parking and stowage positions and engage the fail-safe brakes on the drive wheels.

MAX. SEA STATE FOR SLIPWAY OPERATIONS

Test and operational use of this slipway system have been performed in sea states 3 with mother vessel steaming ahead with low speed.

Safe operations at higher sea states may be possible but is highly dependent on:

  • Stern entry arrangement
  • Mother vessel heading and speed
  • Mother vessel responsiveness (RAO Profile)
  • Waves and wind pattern
  • Boat driver’s skills

SINGLE WHEEL DRIVE UNITS

Wheel drive unit configuration:               1 wheel on each wheel drive unit
Wheel angle and transverse spacing:    Manually adjustable
Brakes:                                                          1 for each wheel
Hydraulic motors:                                       1 for each wheel
Over-running clutches:                              1 for each wheel
Number of single wheel drive units:       Depending on length of slipway
Wheel diameter:                                          Ø 434 mm (Foam filled)
Max. freewheel speed, inlet:                    0-240 m/min (0-7 knots)
Drive assist speed, in and out:                 0-25 m/min (0-0.8 knots)
Max. slipway slope angle:                         up to 12°
Max. payload for slipway:                          up to 12 tonnes
Max load, each wheel:                               2 tonnes
Weight (each wheel drive unit):               Approximately 420 kg

Boat Cradle 

Model: PSEC Model: PSEC

Model: PSEC

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SLIPWAY AND STERN ENTRY SYSTEMS WITH BOAT CRADLE

PALFINGER’s boat cradle is an open and light tubular steel design, minimizing forces induced by waves and currents. The boat cradle is supported by mechanical load bearing support/drive rails and wheel/bearing arrangements on both sides of the boat cradle structure.

Rails on each side serve as guide and support mechanisms, while it is travelling up and down the slipway slope. One of the guide rails on each side of the slipway slope is fitted with a tooth rack for the drive system. Longitudinal movements and heave/lowering of the boat cradle are done by pinion drives mounted on each side. The pinion drives are fitted with automatic overrunning clutches allowing residual energy from the watercraft to move the boat cradle forward in case the craft approaches it at excessive speed.

The inside of the boat cradle is fitted with fenders to protect and guide the watercraft during launch and recovery. A weaklink mechanism protects the boat cradle against higher forces than it is designed to withstand. The “bow section” of the boat cradle is fitted with an automatic mechanical securing clamp. The clamp is hydraulic operated and equipped with a quick-lock function.

The stern end of the boat cradle is designed for easy and safe access during launch and recovery and to avoid any conflicts with daughter craft’s drive system. The system is also well suited for handling of crafts with multiple outboard engines or stern drives.

 

 

BOAT CRADLE DRIVE SYSTEM
Rails on each side of the boat cradle serve as guide and support mechanisms for the boat cradle while it is travelling up and down the slipway slope. One of the guide rails on each side of the slipway slope is fitted with a tooth rack for the drive system.

Longitudinal movements and heave/lowering of the boat cradle is done by hydraulic powered pinion drives, mounted on each side of the boat cradle. The hydraulic pinion drive motors are fitted with automatic overrunning clutches, allowing residual energy from the watercraft to be transferred into forward motion of the boat cradle, in case the watercraft is approaching the boat cradle with excess speed.

BOAT CRADLE ELEVATOR

Vertical movements are driven by the two mechanical support and guide rails on each side of the boat cradle. The mechanical support and guide rails (located on the stern of the vessel) guide the boat cradle to the horizontal parking position when the boat cradle is retracted by the rack and pinion drive system.

MAX. SEA STATE FOR SLIPWAY OPERATIONS

This system is designed for operation in sea state 3.

Safe operations at higher sea states may be possible but is highly dependent on:

  • Mother vessel heading and speed
  • Mother vessel responsiveness (RAO Profile)
  • Waves and wind pattern
  • Boat driver's skills

SAFE OPERATION

  • No need for lifting, hooking, mechanical connection and use of painter lines and arrester wires
  • Significantly reduced risk of accidents during operations
  • Implementation of close guiding in all phases of operation reduces the risk of collision between daughter craft, mother vessel and handling equipment
  • No need for manual support or interaction from the boat crew during launch and recovery

CREW AND PASSENGER COMFORT

  • Safe, comfortable and easy operations in all weather conditions
  • Drive wheel units ensure “gentle” load distribution to the boat hull and smooth transition in and out of the slipway
  • Rubber drive wheels protect the hull of the daughter craft, extending its lifetime

UNMANNED CRAFTS

  • Slipway systems can handle unmanned crafts such as Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV’s) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s)

OPERATIONAL ENVELOPE, SYSTEMS PERFORMANCE AND SPEED

  • No need for complex tasks and highly coordinated efforts during operations, increasing safety as well as the operational weather envelope and speed of operations
  • Single operator slipway system is easy and intuitive to use; personnel can become proficient operators in a short period of time

VERSATILITY

  • Slipway systems can handle crafts with different hull shape, propulsion system and weight
  • Slipway systems can handle multiple crafts and transfer crafts from the slipway to a stowage position on the mother vessel

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Slipway systems are not categorized as lifesaving equipment. As a result, certification and inspections regime in accordance with SOLAS rules would normally not be applicable
  • As the system eliminates the need for lifting of free-hanging loads, certification and inspections regime in accordance with rules for lifting appliances would normally not be applicable

DAUGHTER CRAFT RANGE

  • Patrol boats
  • Rigid inflatable boats
  • Fast rescue boats
  • Crew transfer boats
  • Work boats
  • Daughter crafts
  • Life boats
  • Unmanned surface vehicles
  • Underwater vehicles
  • Autonomous water vehicles
  • Special water vehicles
  • Catamarans

VESSEL RANGE

  • Offshore vessels
  • Expedition cruise vessels
  • Offshore fish farm vessels and installations
  • Wind farm service operation vessels
  • Government and law enforcement vessels
  • Special vessels and offshore installations

APPLICATION RANGE

  • Patrol and interception
  • Shuttle services
  • Standby and rescue
  • Oil recovery
  • Lifeboat recovery
  • Crew transfer
  • Military operations
  • Cruise expedition operations
  • Operations on/off unmanned vessels
  • Operation of unmanned water crafts