Section 1. VEHICLES
5.101 USE OF VEHICLES. In nearly every instance, sewage hoses will be
transported from the point of storage to shipside in some type of motorized
vehicle. The use of vehicles is important, because the location of hose
storage is usually several thousand feet or more from the ships to be connec-
ted to the sewer system. The hoses are bulky and heavy and, in many cases,
in order to make a connection! it will be necessary to transport several
hundred feet of sewage hose to shipside in a single load. Other equipment,
tools, disinfection solution, and washdown hoses, are brought to shipside at
the same time.
a. Congestion. While the transport vehicle is on the pier, it must be
able to deliver its hoses under congested conditions. The hose delivery and
unloading operation must add as little to the existing congestion as possible.
Size, maneuverability, and ease of loading and unloading are therefore impor-
tant characteristics of an efficient hose transport vehicle.
b. Methods Tested. A number of methods of motorized vehicle transport
of sewage hoses were tested at San Diego. The following were rejected:
flatbed utility trailer or A-frame trailer, drawn by tug or truck, and fuel
hose dollies. The following were found to be satisfactory hose transport
(1) Half-ton pickup truck with 6-foot bed, for manual hose handling.
(2) Half-ton pickup truck with 8-foot bed, for manual or power-assist
(3) Three-quarter-ton pickup truck with 8-foot bed, for manual or
power-assist hose handling.
(4) Half-ton flatbed truck, for manual hose handling.
(5) Three-quarter-ton flatbed truck, for manual or power-assist hose
(6) One-ton step van, for manual or power-assist hose handling.
The pickup and flatbed trucks were found to be very satisfactory for
carrying the powered hose reel. The step van was found to need special
modification before it could carry a powered hose reel; as a result, the reel
was not tested in a step van in San Diego. However, it was concluded that
the step van would have the advantage of keeping hoses warmer (thus, more
flexible) in cold climates in transporting them to shipside. However, the
heating advantage would have no effect on removal of hoses from ships during
While it was found that the trailer and tug combination did not lend
itself to the congested conditions on San Diego NAVSTA piers, it could prove
to be quite satisfactory at stations with a low turnover of vessels and low