ShipLoad is an on-board computer system for analysis of ship loading conditions. Main hydrostatic parameters (displacement, drafts, trim and heeling, metacentric height) are evaluated at any new load definition from the user: stability and longitudinal strength are calculated and compared with admissible limits according to safety criteria in order to check the suitability of the loading operations.

The computer system is complying with the requirements from Classification Societies relative to cargo ships (bulk-carrier, container, tanker, etc.) and passenger vessels: furthermore, it is accepted in substitution of Loading Manual for ro-ro ships.

ShipLoad runs on PC under MS Windows environment.

The computer procedure is characterised by a graphical interface enabling a user-friendly input of data: graphical windows, depending on the typology of load, are called by the user by means of mouse or keyboard. Tanks for different fluids or solid cargoes on the decks can be easily defined through their main parameters and at once displayed on longitudinal or deck profiles in order to directly check the correctness of the input data.

The main results are directly displayed on the video, while a complete report relative to the defined loading condition is available and can be printed for paper filing or harbour documentation. Filing on magnetic supports is also available, enabling a quick access to predefined loading conditions and their possible alteration or updating.

Diagrams of main stability and strength parameters (shear force and bending moment) can be displayed and aligned with ship profile in order to allow a effective underlining of the most stressed sections along the ship.

ShipLoad represents an useful tool not only for crew staff during the loading operations, but also for Owner technical staff for fleet management. In addition, ShipLoad addresses Shipyards for installation on board of new ships.

ShipLoad Capabilities:

Storage of planned loading conditions

Predefined loading conditions according to Stability Booklet

Input of solid cargoes on stores and accommodation areas (crew, passengers and their effects)

Graphically assisted procedure for Ro-Ro decks loading

Input of liquids on tanks: all the ship tanks are predefined and their status is defined by means of one of main parameters (sounding, filling percentage, volume, weight)

Heeling tanks option for automatic balance

Predefined tank fluids density alterable

On-line connection to tanks gauging system

Sea water density alterable according to specific navigation areas

Calculation of:

  • Displacement and deadweight
  • Drafts, trim and heel
  • Stability (KG, GM with free surface correction)
  • Intact stability check (GZ curve) according to IMO regulations
  • Loads, Shear Force, Bending Moment and comparison with admissible limits
  • Hull girder deflection (hogging and sagging)

Visual and sound warnings for exceeding of admissible limits

Loads and stress diagrams

Displacement calculation by observed drafts and correction of stability parameters according to UK DoT regulations

Display of complete report including input data and results - Printing option available

Help on-line

ShipLoad software is characterised by an open architecture which allows easy implementations depending on ship type and Owner or Shipyard requests.

The services offered by NAOS include: software ShipLoad supply compilation of related ship database hardware supply, with optional mariner kit certification from Classification Societies