Various ways adopted by most mariners proves to be effective in reducing ship squat effect. But finding out ship squat effect on its early stage will make it much easier for you to decide your next action to avoid or reduce it. Ship captains commonly apply these procedures and skills listed below. Pilots also help by giving information and maneuvering the ship, considering certain parameters and limits. Let’s discuss the first one.
Lessen the Mean Draft
Lessening the mean draft of the vessel can be achieved by discharging water ballast. The effects of these causes:
- The CB (Block Coefficient) to some extent, to lower in value.
- On a related water depth, the UKC (under keel clearance) will become higher in value.
Plan Your Route in Deeper Waters
When planning your voyage plan, consider your route on a deeper channel. Select the best possible route that you intend to navigate. Check the tides and current affecting the area in relation to your ETA (estimated time of arrival). Ask more information from agents at destination port if information from books is inadequate.
“the fastest and most efficient way of reducing ship squat is by decrease of speed. It’s still the best choice”
Consider Passing Distances on Objects and Ships
Passing distance on objects and ships is necessary. Confined channel possess danger to large ships. Avoid congested confined channels. The Greater the width of the channel, will lead to less ship squat. Finally, the fastest and most efficient way of reducing ship squat is by decrease of speed. It’s still the best choice.
Understanding the methods listed above would give you enough idea on how to reduce ship squat. As you go deeper in this series of articles you would most probably checked thought of reading other articles in this blog. You can consider posting your comments or retweet this post. I would appreciate it also if you would mention the articles in Pinoy Maritime and link to our site.