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Honors Thesis-Unrestricted

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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Degree Program

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering


Brandon Taravella


The focus of this report is to investigate whether a towboat would be able meet damaged stability requirements. In order to evaluate what type of damage stability requirements could be considered, two damage stability criteria were selected for this investigation: Offshore Supply Vessel and Passenger Vessel Damage Criteria. Two vessels are then evaluated using General Hydrostatic Software (GHS) to find the maximum allowable vertical center of gravity allowed by each set of criteria. These values are then compared to the vessels’ operating conditions to show if the vessels would currently be able to operate. Ultimately it is found that the extent of damage of the criteria is the greatest limiting factor for this vessel type. Suggestions are made regarding the necessary changes to the boats’ general arrangements and loading conditions in order to meet the damaged stability requirements.


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