USCGC Smilax (WLIC-315)The Coast Guard has issued a Request for Information “seeking information regarding various ship mounted, marine cranes for the Waterways Commerce Cutter (WCC) program.”
The interesting thing here is that it gives us a good idea of what is expected of these ships which hope to combine both buoy tending and construction in a single ship.
- A. River Buoy Tending
- B. Pile Driving and Extraction
- C. Tower Construction
- D. Large Buoy Operations
The RFI calls out specifics of weight, number, height, etc.
I’m hoping we will not try to use WCC as a ships designation. Even then it would probably have to be WWCC. Considering what WC means, we probably don’t want to go there. WLI at least has precedence, but in the standardized typing conventions “L” refers to “Landing” or amphibious warfare and “I” stands for intelligence. If we wanted to more closely follow the standard typing convention we might go with WNR,” W” the prefix for Coast Guard, “N” as primary type designation for Navigation since “N” is not currently used as a primary designation but only as a modifier for Nuclear power where it always comes at the end of the designation, and “R” for River.