Prosecute Voyages

Many shipping regulations are based on gross or on deadweight tonnage. Shipowners therefore construct vessels to take advantage of regulations that place differing requirements on vessels above or below certain sizes, hence ships of 499 or of 1599 gross tons, for example, are popular. Such ships are known as ‘paragraph ships‘ because they take advantage of a ‘paragraph’ of the regulations. A merchant ship is likely to be equipped with no less than 200 plans. Usually a full set will be kept on board, and a further set in the Owner’s office. Shipbrokers will need to familiarise themselves with two plans containing much important data, since it may be necessary to obtain data from these particular plans in order to conclude fixtures and/or to prosecute voyages. These plans are known as: the General Arrangement Plan b) the Capacity Plan (including Deadweight Scale). The former plan shows the design of the vessel, the layout of her equipment, cargo spaces, etc. and her dimensions. It should show a profile, a plan and a midship section (a view from forward towards the after part of the vessel, illustrating the shape of the cargo spaces. It should also state the scale to which it has been drawn, and this enables distances between parts of the vessel to be measured and calculated from the plan’s data. Most ship plans are drawn on the scale of 1/200 (that is that one centimetre on the plan equates to 200 centimetres on the ship). But this is not always the case. Smaller ships will have plans drawn, perhaps, 1/150, and large, ‘cape-size’ vessels 1/300. It is therefore essential that the scale is always checked prior