4. Freeboard and Freeboard Marking

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4.1 Every ship should have an assigned freeboard mark placed on each side of the hull at amidships at the maximum draught at which the stability of the ship has been determined.

4.2 The freeboard mark referred to above should measure 300 mm in length and 25 mm in depth, as shown in Figure 3. It should be marked in a permanent manner and painted black on a light background or in white or yellow on a dark background. The top of the mark should be positioned at the waterline corresponding to the draught referred to in 4.1.


Figure 3: Freeboard Marking

4.3 The ship should not operate in any condition which will result in its freeboard marks being submerged when it is at rest and upright in calm waters.

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