What are factors taken into for allowing freeboard of ships ?

The principal conditions that must be satisfied before freeboard may be assigned to any ship take account of the following:

  • structural strength of the ship;
  • preservation of reserve buoyancy;
  • physical means of preventing entry of water into the hull;
  • safety of the crew on the weather deck;
  • potential wetness of the weather deck;
  • stability in the normal loaded condition (intact stability);
  • degree of subdivision and stability after suffering prescribed damage.


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