Table 6-4. Application of Materials for Blocking of Lightweight TEAMPACK System in General-Cargo Vessel (Fig 6-6)
Side blocks. Each consists of 4- x 4- x 238-inch lumber. Locate one piece
against outside wheels on each side.
End blocks. Each consists of 4- x 4- x 64-inch lumber. Locate on top of item
A and against wheels as shown in figure 6-2. Nail to item A with four 50d
nails at each end of item B.
Backup cleats. Each consists of 4- x 4- x 12-inch lumber. Locate on top of
item A against the joint of each item B. Toenail to each item A with four
Special Design Vessels. All seatrain
trailer vessels, RORO vessels, landing ships, and
attach-cargo vessels are equipped with patented lashing
gear and pre-positioned fittings in the deck. With proper
application of patented lashing gear (as shown in figs 6-
7 and 6-8), blocking and bracing are not required. The
M1015 tracks should be equipped with proper rubber
Amphibious Vehicles. When the systems are to be
moved extended distances or through rough waters,
tiedowns must be used. Most vessels are equipped with
turnbuckles with a sheep's foot on one end that fits into
a deck cloverleaf. A suitable substitute may be used
where turnbuckles are not provided.
Barge-Type (LASH and SEABEE) Ships.
The TEAMPACK system may arrive
at the processing area with hatches padlocked shut to
prevent pilferage. Since this vehicle cannot maneuver
under its own power, its tracks are not braked and
transmission is set in the neutral position to permit
towing in the loading area. Contrary to normal stowage,
idler wheel chocks should be in place when the system
is positioned by crane in its final stow location. Rubber
pads should be of a sufficient depth to prevent metal
contact with the deck.
Floating barges noticeably tilt when
heavy items are placed aboard them. Tracked vehicles
should be loaded by placing one at one end and the
next at the other end. This process should be repeated
until all are loaded. Vehicles may have to be loaded
side by side facing opposite directions if the center of
balance cannot be centered in the barge using the
The TEAMPACK system may be
adequately blocked and braced with 6x 8-inch timbers.
If the load orientation permits, blocking may be installed
as a separator between the vehicle track and the barge
bulkhead. Blocking usually is installed in front of and in
rear of the tracks, and the bracing part is force-fitted to
the bulkhead. Loading, blocking, and bracing begin
from the outer areas of the barge toward the center. A
single separator timber is installed against the tracks of
the vehicle, and the next vehicle loaded is placed firmly
against the timber. The vehicles shall be secured with
wire rope and turnbuckles as shown in figure 6-9. The
void area remaining in the center of the barge after the
final vehicle has been loaded shall be filled (fig 6-10) by
cut and force-fitting blocking.
Lightweight TEAMPAC. When the
lightweight TEAMPACK systems are to be transported
by barge for a long distance or through rough waters,
they will be blocked and tied down as shown in figure 6-