The Advantages of Determining the Ship Squat

Calculating ship squat for a given condition can give us advantages. You can gain much more if you consider the effects of squat in planning your voyage, calculating cargo to load. A good practice of navigation skills through experience and constant learning will improve your knowledge and skill. Let’s try to summarize some of those tips that you can later apply onboard your ship.

Know the Speed to Use

Speed plays a role on ship squat. As we’ve mentioned in “Ship Squat“, speed decrease reduces ship squat considerably. The OOW (officer of the watch) or the pilot what speed to use to reduce squat. Imagine the money you save for repair in case the ship aground.

Be aware of How Much Cargo to Load

The Chief Officer could load the ship for a few extra centimetres (except when load line limits could be exceeded). This gives extra earning capacity for the ship. But remember, safety is the top priority. You’re not helping your ship-owner if you’re putting the ship in danger. Try to calculate the maximum cargo lift giving due regard to safety.

Less worries on claims

Time plays a vital role on shipping. If the ship grounds because of squat, you’re most likely off hire. Thus you lose money too. These kinds of incidents can cause several chained events. Claims will start adding up. The possibility of oil leakage can cause payment for clean up contractors. If the ship grounds on a busy river, you will be a continuous concern to harbour master.


Bottom line… Determining squat reduces the risk unwanted events happening to the ship. Through constant safety notices and rigorous inspection, professionalism and quality standards were able to establish. Guidelines were implemented and standardized the system of determining squat and reducing it.

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An added idea is to post a calculated squat table of your ship during ballast and loaded condition. You can post your comment and add your idea on the topic discussed above. Hearing from you would please all the readers of this site. You can bookmark this or link this post for your future reference.

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