collision bulkhead

collision bulkhead

[kə′lizh·ən ‚bəlk‚hed]
(naval architecture)
A watertight partition in a ship, perpendicular to the fore and aft centerline of the ship, usually near the bow, for keeping out water in the event of a collision.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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