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JMS Completes 200th Computerized Ship Model

With the completion of the latest bulk ore carrier model, Jamestown Marine Services (JMS) has produced 200 computerized, numeric models for clients worldwide, said company President Bruce Banks.

Through the use of HECSALV, the commercial version of the U.S. Navy's Program of Ship Salvage Engineering (POSSE), JMS is reportedly able to enter complete vessel characteristics, including hull form, hydrostatics, compartmentalization and baseline strength and stability characteristics. This information is then used to provide residual hull girder strength based on the reported extent of damage, residual stability based on damaged compartments, and development of the most favorable off-loading, ballasting or cargo transferring sequences to improve stability and reduce stress.

Since the passage of this regulation deadline on January 21, 1995, JMS has reportedly noticed a shift in the types of ships being modeled. Owners of bulk carriers, containerships and passenger vessels are turning to numeric modeling to give engineers the ability to rapidly assess a vessel's damaged stability following an accident.

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