Barracks ship or barracks barge are terms used to indicate a ship or a non-self-propelled barge containing a superstructure of a type suitable for use as a temporary barracks for sailors. A barracks ship may also be used as a "Receiving Unit" for sailors who need temporary residence prior to being assigned to their ship. In civilian use the terms accommodation vessel or accommodation ship are used.
Barrack ships were common during the era of sailing ships when shore facilities were scarce or non-existent. Barrack ships were usually hulks. At times, barrack ships were also used as prison ships.
Use in World War II
Barracks ships in the combat area provided necessary residence for sailors and merchantmen whose ship had been sunk, or whose ship had been so damaged that on-board berthing was no longer possible. They were also used at advanced bases, and as mobile barracks for units such as construction battalions. Occasionally, they would be used for other roles such as providing office space.
HMS Spey is the fifth and final ship of the new generation of RiverClass offshore patrol vessels being built under the current naval contract. The 90-metre long ship can accommodate a Royal NavyMerlin helicopter on its flight deck and has room on board for up to 50 embarked Royal Marines.
The JonesAct vessel to be constructed, the 364-ft Eleanor, will be a multipurpose vessel that can also be configured to perform rock dumping, scour protection, and offshore accommodation; it will be fully Jones Act compliant - US built, owned and crewed.
The latest entrant is an American company called Green Shipping Line that is teaming with the Dutch engineering firm DEKC Maritime to develop Jones Act compliant feeder vessels to support the development of offshore wind installations ... The vessel can also be configured to perform rock dumping, scour protection, and offshore accommodation.
... engineer DEKC Maritime to pursue Jones Act compliant offshore wind vessel solutions in the US ... The vessel, which measures 110.9 meters in length, can also be configured for rock dumping, scour protection, and offshore accommodation, the New Jersey-based GSL said.
... offshore wind vessel solutions in the United States ... offshore wind market and a Teaming Agreement with MoranIron Works to construct future vessels ... The 364-ft multipurpose vessel can also be configured to perform rock dumping, scour protection, and offshore accommodation.
The project proposes the construction of a riverside marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels ... In addition, a 140-acre cargo handling site is planned to accommodate lay down, assembly, supply chain and manufacturing opportunities.
The initiative envisages the construction of a riverside marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels ... “Leith’s proximity to the North Sea, which is set to become home to many more offshore wind ...
Proposals by Forth Ports would see the development of a riverside marine berth capable of accommodating the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels on a 175-acre site at the Port of Leith... This would be supplemented by the upgrading of a 140-acre cargo handling site to accommodate assembly, supply chain and manufacturing opportunities.