LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR COMPONENTS (Contd)
INTERIOR BAY EQUIPMENT FEATURES:
OUTER PONTON A non-compartmentalized structure that functions as a float to support loads
placed on its top (walkway) surface, and provides additional bouyancy to the inner ponton. Left and
right outer pontons are interchangeable.
ROADWAY The top road surface of two adjoining inner pontons having a 13 ft 6 in. (4.1 m) wide
load bearing area for vehicles and cargo.
INNER PONTON A non-compartmentalized structure that functions as a float to support loads
placed on its top (roadway) surface. Left and right inner pontons are interchangeable.
WALKWAY The 4 ft 3 in. (1.3 m) wide top surface of the outer ponton for personnel crossing.
HANDRAIL A retractable railing, extending the full length of the bay, consisting of three
stanchions and a rope mounted on each outer ponton splash plate.
UNFOLDING MECHANISM A system of cables, springs, and levers, located on both ends of the
IRB-I, that automatically control the unfolding of the inner and outer pontons once the bay is
launched. During retrieval, this mechanism works in reverse by pulling the outer pontons up into the
folded position simultaneously, as the entire bay is lifted from the water via the transporter.