LOAD LINES--THE LEVER OF SAFETY

A brief introduction recounts the rationale of early load line discussions, which showed concern not only for freeboard but also for hull tightness, strength, stability, and protection of the crew. Development is traced through the 1930 Convention to the present 1966 Convention. The Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization is mentioned as the 'host' for the Load Line Convention and as the medium for making improvements. Some of the improvements currently under discussion at IMCO are cited and discussed. Several possible improvements are mentioned which have not yet been formally suggested at IMCO. Several ideas for modernization are proposed, for the many new forms of marine structures being developed. Most importantly, it is suggested that three different categories of marine structure be recognized because of their different reactions to wave spectra. Seakeeping methods outlined in previous technical papers are discussed as the key to development of new and fully logical technical annexes to the Load Line Convention.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, New York, New York, November 13-15, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    601 Pavonia Avenue
    Jersey City, NJ  USA  07306-2907
  • Authors:
    • Cleary, W A
  • Publication Date: 1975-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127557
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: #8
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM