In this article, preliminary results obtained in the exploration of a mechanical filter concept for suppressing crane-load oscillations on a ship vessel are presented. The pivot point about which the load oscillates is constrained to follow a circular track in the considered filter. The governing dynamical systems for the cases with and without the filter are presented, and the nonlinear dynamics of these systems is studied with respect to quasi-static variation of different scalar control parameters. It is shown that the presence of the filter helps in eliminating some of the sub-critical bifurcations that may arise in the crane-load response during periodic ship-roll excitations.

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