Parts of a ship : Bilge

Bilges are virtually ditches at each side of the hold where all the condensation, sweat and leaking liquids can drain and be pumped out. Before any loading, particularly of foodstuffs, they must be cleaned out and inspected. On some ships the double bottoms are carried out to the sides, so there will be no bilges. When this occurs a ‘well’ or drain is made in an isolated section in the double bottom which serves the same purpose.