It is very important to know the current ship’s draft before navigation.

Here are the formulas for getting a ship’s draft:

Formula for getting Mean Draft:
MD = FD + AD / 2

Where:
MD for Mean Draft
FD for Fore Draft
/ 2 the result is to be divided by 2
x 2 to multiply by 2

Port meaning left ship’s side

Starboard meaning right ship’s side

Formula for getting Fore Draft:
FD = MD x 2 – AD

Formula for getting Aft Draft:
AD = MD x 2 – FD

Here is the Example Problem:
Fore Port = 12 feet

/> Fore Starboard = 14 feet
Aft Port = 16 feet
Aft Starboard = 18 feet

Find the ship’s Mean Draft, and here is the Solution:
Forward Port Draft 12’
+ Forward Starboard Draft 14’
is equals to 26’
/ 2 is equals to 13’

Aft Port Draft 16’
+ Aft Starboard Draft 18’
is equals to 34’
/ 2 is equals to 17’

MD = FD + AD / 2

MD = 13’ + 17’ / 2

MD = 30’ / 2

MD = 15’

Therefore, Mean Draft is equals to 15’

Another Example Problem:
Fore Port = 8.20 meters
Fore Starboard = 8.22 meters
Aft Port = 8.70 meters
Aft Starboard = 8.76 meters

Find the ship’s Mean Draft, and here is the Solution:
Fore Port Draft 8.20 meters
+ Fore Starboard Draft 8.22 meters
is equals to 16.42 meters
/ 2 is equals to 8.21 meters

Aft Port Draft 8.70 meters
+ Aft Starboard Draft 8.76 meters
is

equals to 17.46 meters
/ 2 is equals to 8.73 meters

MD = FD + AD / 2

MD = 8.21 meters + 8.73 meters / 2

MD = 16.94 meters / 2

MD = 8.47 meters

Therefore, Mean Draft is equals to 8.47 meters

FD is 3.5 meters, and MD is 4.05 meters.

AD = MD x 2 – FD

AD = 4.05 meters x 2 – 3.5 meters

AD = 8.10 – 3.5 meters

Therefore, Aft Draft is equals to 4.60 meters

Another Example Problem regarding FD:
AD is 24 feet, and MD is 22 feet.
Find the FD

FD = MD x 2 – AD

FD = 22 feet x 2 – 24 feet

FD = 44 feet – 24 feet

FD = 20 feet

Therefore, Fore Draft is equals to 20 feet.

### Article Written By mantis36

mantis36 is a blogger at Expertscolumn.com

Last updated on 30-07-2016 11K