Stowage plan

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A stowage plan is created for the professional loading of a ship and is used by the stowage facilities to plan when loading and unloading the ships .

Stowage plan for the steamer Amsel
Stowage plan MS Breitenstein (NDL) North America East Coast (NAOK) wb hatch 3, tween deck 1 and 2 - 1966

When loading sea freight into the hold of a freighter, the specialist speaks of stowing or stowing the goods on a ship. This work is carried out by dock workers who are employed by a stevedoring company, a company that loads and unloads ships. The stowage plan is drawn up by the cargo officer so that these goods can also be unloaded in the various hatches in the order of the ports. The weights and centers of gravity of the load must be taken into account so that the load-bearing capacity is not exceeded. Maintaining ship stability is even more important. Decisive for a good stowage plan is a good use of space and, if possible, no stowage, ie move cargo aside that is only unloaded in another port. This traditional general cargo shipment only takes place in a few shipping areas.

Today, the general cargo carried on the liner is mainly stowed in containers , only too large and bulky non-containerisable general cargo are stowed in the containerized shipping areas on deck or special pallets in the hold. The loading and unloading of container ships is also carried out according to stowage plans; they are usually created by the stevedores or container handling companies and sent ahead of the ships to the next port. With the help of the stowage plan, the weight and stability calculation is carried out, container ships have to take in ballast water very often due to lack of stability .


Helmers, W. (Ed.): Seamanship and ship technology: Ship safety, cargo management, tanker shipping . 1980.