The earliest requirement related to the safety of ships at sea was probably the requirement to assign freeboard. This requirement was included in the early regulations of the British Board of Trade. International requirements were included in the 1930 Load Lines Convention, revised in 1996. The early concept of freeboard was based on the assurance of a sufficient amount of reserve buoyancy. This concept was criticised in the 1966 Load Line Conference and it was proposed that freeboard should be based on the concept of deck wetness and protection of crew. The International Maritime Organization recently initiated work towards this end and a research programme has been started in Poland. The deck wetness approach to the freeboard concept and its implications are discussed in the paper.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Marine Technology & Transportation: ODRA 95, 1st Intl Conf on Marine Technology; 20-22 Sept 1995; Szczecin, Poland & MARTRANS 95, 1st Intl Conf on Marine Transport in the 21st Century; 30 Aug-1 Sept 1995; Plymouth, UK. Procs. Publ by Computational Mechanics Publications, UK, ISBN 1 853123307. Section 1, p 7 [9 p, 14 ref, 1 tab, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Kobyli ski, L
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Accession Number: 00718979
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 27 1996 12:00AM