reserve buoyancy


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reserve buoyancy

[ri′zərv ′bȯi·ən·sē]
(naval architecture)
That part of the volume of a ship which is above the water surface and is watertight, so that it will increase buoyancy if the ships sinks deeper into the water.
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For naval architects, reserve buoyancy is extremely vital to ship safety as it prevents vessels from foundering in heavy seas and in the case of damage, helps the ship to stay afloat for a longer time to enable the crew to escape.

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