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Imagine a steel structure supporting heavy equipment, lots of piping,
platforms, etc, fully pre-assembled, placed on the deck of a ship and
sent from one continent to another. A few questions come to mind:

How do you quantify ocean sway loads? Is there a textbook on this topic?
Any articles?

How's the structure secured to the deck? If the actual securing scheme
is not known during the design stage (which means unknown boundary
conditions), how can the structure be checked? 

Who bears ultimate responsibility when things go wrong?

Your feedback will be much appreciated.

Gabe Bohm
San Dimas, Ca.