Severe Sea States

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Severe seas of any kind are dangerous if you are not prepared. You should take special care in the following situations.

a vessel in a beam sea.

In beam seas, excessive roll can cause cargo to shift, creating a dangerous list. This could cause the vessel to capsize. Strong breaking waves could also capsize the vessel.

a vessel in a following sea.

In following seas, a vessel may lose stability on a wave crest. If the vessel is overtaken by a wave crest, broaching may occur.

a vessel in a quartering sea.

In quartering seas, the problems of beam and following seas are combined. Quartering seas represent the most dangerous situation in severe weather.

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