Stowage factor :
- This is a NET amount of space a unit weight of a cargo will occupy.
- Stowage factor varies with :
- Different shapes & sizes of commodities
- to some extent, with the shape of compartment
- other factors such as irregular sizes of packings, slack or tightly filled bags
- effectiveness of cargo stow
- Stowage factor is expressed in :
- Cubic Metres per Tonnes (m3/tonne) or
- Cubic Feet per Ton (ft3/ton)
Broken stowage :
- This is the space “LOST” in a compartment due to varying shapes and sizes of the cargo & packages which do not permit a compact or uniform stow.
- Expressed in term of percentage (%)
- General Cargo : Large broken stowage
Bulk cargo : Small broken stowage
Formula = Gross Volume – Net Volume x 100