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Re: Cargo liquification can sink ships
this is a well known event MANY cargoes can "liquify" if the conditions are right. usually it is damp which causes this. the weight of the cargo itself forces the moisture out of the mineral itself and causes a lack of friction between the particles. the big problem for the ships is that if you partition the hold it becomes a slow/expensive task to unload. grain is one of the worst as it liquifies dry, in the past it was always the best/tightest packed cargo, usually with bagged grain on top to hold it down and baffles in the hold. this worked with 10,000 ton ww2 size ships but with 300000 tons big holds are required for grab unloading.
Hasn't anyone considered using baffles to impede the movement of the material.