The adverse effects of inappropriate vessel loading
have long been recognised in the maritime community.
According to a Lloyd's Register survey, since 1990 there
have been over 34 incidents involving bulk carriers
causing severe damage to 16 vessels, and the loss of
18 vessels and 250 lives. VLCCs also have severe problems
with onboard cargo distribution. Large tanker vessels
have a carrying capacity of 400,000 metric tonnes, and
as many as 40 different tanks. Partially loading such
a vessel (whilst meeting operational constraints), can
result in loads with high stress levels. In the long
term, this may lead to early deterioration of the hull
The loading and distribution of cargo is seen as a
contributing factor of shipping accidents. Such loading
needs to be optimised, in order to ensure a vessel carries
maximum cargo with minimum stress on its structure.
Up to 30 different types of cargo may be carried within
the cargo tanks, and their arrangement must comply with
the safety, operational and stabililty constraints specified
by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
CAMEL Loading software has been developed as a Load
Planning & Optimisation software package, to improve
the ship's operation.
Cargo planning is carried out with instant response
to any change in loading or tank conditions. Stability
criteria and stress analysis are calculated in accordance
with Classification Society requirements. Special features
include stress optimization & draft survey. CAMEL Loading
software for Windows provides an immediate and reliable
response to enquiries about optimal loading strategies,
both from the point of view of stress and the maximum
cargo quantity that can potentially be loaded (given
ship and port operational constraints).
The software can run on any Windows PC system.