What is Free board? It's purpose.

The distance from the water line to the top of the Deck plating at the side of a deck amidships.
freeboard represents the safety margins showing to what debts a ship may be loaded under various service conditions.
Example ; the type of cargo, The water to be navigated, and the season of The year.
Purpose of freeboard :

  • To ensure that she cannot be loaded beyond her strength.
  • To provide ship with adequate reversed buoyancy.
  • To keep the Deck high enough from water, to enable the crew to navigate and handle her in all weather condition.

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