Why timber deck cargoes are distributed evenly on deck ?

The timber deck cargo is to be distributed so as to:

  • avoid excessive loading with respect to the strength of the deck and supporting structure;
  • to ensure that the ship will retain adequate stability with respect to:
    • vertical distribution;
    • effects of wind heeling;
    • losses of weight low down in the ship due to fuel/stores consumption;
    • increases of timber weight caused by water absorption and icing.

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