After the water was pumped into the dock and the ship was floating, the weights were lifted on board. Eight IBC’s of approximately 1.3 tons each were positioned on the maindeck and helicopter deck. The draught marks were measured by paddling around the ship with a small boat. “A big advantage of the ship being located in a covered dock is the calm water” explains Jan van Zelderen, Naval Architect and Director Technology. “The lack of waves and wind make it possible to execute an accurate inclining test, as the draughtmarks are easy to read and the pendulum doesn’t move very much.”
For the inclining test Jan placed his inclinometer in the aftship and Wouter positioned himself next to the pendulum hanging in a ventilation duct. The Surveyor from Lloyds Register monitored the process and checked the correct positioning of the weights, while Jan and Wouter wrote down the results of the inclination. Overall, the process of executing the test only took a few hours. Being on a luxurious ship with air-conditioning on this tropical day almost made it an outing!