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Research Opportunities Identified During the Casualty Analysis of the Fishing Vessel Arctic Rose

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During the course of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center's analysis of the sinking of the fishing vessel Arctic Rose, a broad variety of stability issues were encountered that have not yet been addressed in the research community. The effect of freeboard on static and dynamic stability needs to be studied to ensure minimum reserve buoyancy and limit the effects of water on deck. The area of flooding stability, where a vessel's displacement, centers of gravity, and stability characteristics are constantly changing due to progressive flooding, needs to be further investigated. Time-domain analyses of progressive flooding in a seaway are needed, as are model tests of progressive flooding from the weather deck into interior spaces of a vessel. Additionally, a better understanding is needed of the behavior of the vessel between when the vessel capsizes due to loss of righting arm and sinks because flooding weight exceeds reserve buoyancy, and the attitude of a vessel as it falls through the water column to the ocean floor.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2003-10-01

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