Why timber loadlines are above the normal loadlines?

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Why timber loadlines are above the normal loadlines?

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Asked on August 11, 2020
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The timber loadlines are always above the normal loadlines. This means that the cargo of timber (or lumber) can be loaded more as compared to what would have been loaded if the vessel was using normal loadlines. Understand that the higher loadline means that the freeboard (in case of using timber LL) is lesser compared to when the normal loadline is used. The reason for this is when the timber is loaded on such ship it becomes a part of the ship adding/improving the reserve buoyancy of the vessel as a whole.

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Answered on August 23, 2020