Design & Engineering Standards

National Academies releases report on options for improving the safety of DUKW type amphibious vessels

Submitted by LCDR Dimitri Wiener, Naval Architecture Division, Office of Design & Engineering Standards

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, & Medicine (the National Academies) released a report titled “Options for Improving the Safety of DUKW Type Amphibious Vessels.” A PDF version is available, free of charge, from the National Academies Press.

In September 2020, the Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards asked the National Academies, through the Transportation Research Board Marine Board, to review Coast Guard regulations and policy documents used for commercial passenger service on amphibious (DUKW) vessels and identify options for improving their safety performance through changes in vessel design, engineering, and outfitting. The National Academies formed a committee whose members have expertise in naval architecture, vessel design, ship construction, regulation and inspection activity, safety standards development, and marine transportation and vessel operations. The committee met seven times during a 10-month period and was briefed by and received written materials from multiple parties.

The committee’s findings and recommendations on options for improving the survivability and operations of these vessels are contained in the report, which was reviewed in draft form by a group of independent experts according to the policies and procedures approved by the National Academies.

The Coast Guard offers great thanks to the National Academies’ staff, the study committee, and the independent reviewers for their efforts in completing this valuable report. 

For any questions, please contact LCDR Dimitri Wiener at or (202) 372-1414.

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