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Proper Monitoring and how to load cargo in a shallow draught condition

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Loading cargo in a shallow draught condition can impose high stresses in the double bottom, cross deck and transverse bulkhead structures if the cargo in the hold is not adequately supported by the buoyancy upthrust. If applicable, the cargo weight limits for each cargo hold, and two adjacent cargo holds, as a function of draught, (the local loading criteria) are not to be exceeded.

To minimise the risks of over-stressing the local structure, the largest possible number of non-successive pours should be used for each cargo hold.

Special care needs to be taken with heavy cargoes such as iron ore, scrap iron, lead and other concentrates. On general bulk carriers with uniform hold lengths alternate hold loading or block hold loading may be utilized to stow high density cargoes.

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Operation of sea going bulk carrier involved numerous hazards . Careful planning and proper caution for all shipboard matters should be exercised to ensure safety . This site is a quick reference to international shipping community with guidance and information on the loading and discharging of bulk carriers to remain within the limitations as specified by the classification society to reduce the likelihood of over-stressing the ship's structure, on board safety measures and some other basic knowledge of bulk carriers that might be useful for people working on board and those who working ashore in the terminal. For any remarks please Contact us