(1) The master of every new ship shall be supplied
with information to arrange for the loading and ballasting of his
ship in such a way as to avoid the creation of any unacceptable stresses
in the ship’s structure, provided that this requirement need
not apply to any particular length, design or class of ship where
the Administration considers it to be unnecessary.
(2) Information shall be provided to the master
in a form that is approved by the Administration or a recognised organization.
Stability information, and loading information also related to ship
strength when required under paragraph (1), shall be carried on board
at all times together with evidence that the information has been
approved by the Administration.
(3) A ship which is not required under the International
Convention for Safety of Life at Sea in force to undergo an inclining
test upon its completion shall:
(a) be so inclined and the actual displacement
and position of the centre of gravity shall be determined for the
(b) if the Administration so approves, have its
inclining test on completion dispensed with, provided basic stability
data are available from the inclining test of a sister ship and it
is shown to the satisfaction of the Administration that reliable stability
information for the ship can be obtained from such basic data;
(c) if the Administration decides that the performance
of an inclining experiment is not practicable or safe or yields inaccurate
results due to the specific proportions, arrangements, strength or
hull form of a ship, have the ship's lightship characteristics determined
by a detailed weight estimate confirmed by a lightweight survey;
(d) have such informationfootnote supplied
for the use of its master as is necessary to enable the master, by
rapid and simple processes, to obtain accurate guidance as to the
stability of the ship under all conditions likely to be encountered
in normal service; and
(e) carry on board at all times its approved stability
information together with evidence that the information has been approved
by the Administration.
(4) Where any alterations are made to a ship so
as to materially affect the loading or stability information supplied
to the master, amended information shall be provided. If necessary
the ship shall be re-inclined.