STS Crane Stowage Design: Key Considerations and Case Study

by Anna Dix, Erik Soderberg, and Tais Shiratsubaki
Presented by Anna Dix at the Ports 2022 Conference in Honolulu

There have been devastating ship-to-shore crane failures due to failure of the stowage systems during hurricanes. The design of these systems is complex, requiring an understanding of how the wharf stowage hardware interfaces with the crane hardware, both to facilitate connecting and disconnecting the hardware, and to account for subtle but significant loading conditions that occur. This presentation aims to provide a broad knowledge base for designers of such systems and presents a recent project case study to illustrate some design and construction challenges.