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# How is the weight of a ship ascertained?

Question #88994. Asked by storky1. (Nov 25 07 5:49 AM)

baldricksmum

A ship's weight is measured by the amount of water it displaces http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=5294&page=102

 Nov 25 07, 6:01 AM
zonko

A method of assessing a ships weight so as to e.g. assist in its design and development, or to ascertain its actual center of gravity or its loaded state, comprises positioning the ship on a dry dock platform made up of a number of articulatedly joined sub platforms connected for lifting and lowerng by hoist winches. The hoist winches include signal devices which signal the load each is supporting, to a computer and visual display unit which displays the loads. The computer computes e.g. the center of gravity or the ships weight, in the displacement of the center of gravity from its designed position, the information then being passed to the designer. http://www.freepatentsonline.com/RE36971.html

 Nov 25 07, 6:16 AM
davejacobs

The question of the "tonnage" of a ship is a far more complicated matter than its simple displacement, although it was simplified in 1969
http://www.imo.org/Conventions/contents.asp?topic_id=259&doc_id=685

 Nov 25 07, 11:14 AM

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