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Maintaining good positive GoM in Container Stowage Plan

Maintaining a good positive GoM is very important but it is not the only criterion for a stable ship.

Dynamic stability of the vessel is equally important and is indicated by the area under the curve of statical stability (GZ curve).

A ship with a small GM will be "tender" - have a long roll period - a low GM increases the risk of a ship capsizing in rough weather and more likely to develop "synchronized rolling".

If a ship with low GM is damaged and partially flooded the metacentric height will be reduced further and make it even less stable.

On the other hand, a too large metacentric height can cause a vessel to be too "stiff"; excessive stability is uncomfortable for persons on board because it quickly snaps back upright after a wave or wind gust which heeled it over has passed.

An overly stiff vessel rolls with a short period and high amplitude. This can lead to damage to the ship and cause cargo lashing to loosen or break.

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