Loose Water or Fish on Deck

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the rear of a vessel with fish left loose on deck.

Fish left loose on deck have the same effect as water. Fish should be properly stowed in the hold as soon as possible to maintain stability.

man opening the freeing ports (scuppers)

When water is shipped on deck and unable to escape, it creates a large free surface. It also adds weight high in the vessel. Freeing ports (scuppers) are vital for removing shipped water and maintaining stability.

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