The Kemp and Young series provides a general introduction to a number of subject areas in a style that will be ideally suited for those wishing to learn more. The concise presentation of the subject matter is made possible by the reduction of the work to its simplest terms. This is achieved through the omission of unnecessary mathematics or mathematical concepts, and the generous use of diagrams and illustrations. Rapid reference to the substance of each topic can be made by use of the carefully constructed index. The third edition of 'Ship Stability: Notes and Examples' has been updated by Dr C B Barrass, who has wide experience in both industry and the academic field. The book has been thoroughly revised and expanded to be more in line with current examinations, and now covers topics such as ship squat, angle of heel whilst turning, and moments of inertia via Simpson's Rules. Also included is a diagram showing Deadweight-Moment. 'Ship Stability: Notes and Examples' is an invaluable tool to aid in the passing of maritime examinations.

Key Features

Updated volume of the popular Kemp and Young series for the new Millennium. 66 fully worked examples, with a further 50 giving final answers.


Deck officer and Marine Engineering students studying for SQA/MCA examinations. Naval Architecture / Ship Technology students on ONC, HNC, HND and degree courses. Drydock personnel, ship designers, ship classification surveyors, cargo-handling operatives, shipowner superintendents, maritime consultants etc.

Table of Contents

Modern ship types and characteristics; Stability concept; First principles; Simpson's rules - Quadrature; Bending of beams and ships; Small angle stability; Longitudinal stability-trim; Drydocking procedures; Water and oil pressure; Free surface effects; Large angle stability; Stability data supplied to ships; Useful formulae; How to pass exams; Revision one-liners; Examples for exercise; Index.


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About the author

Bryan Barrass

Dr Bryan Barrass worked as a Ship Draughtsman for 11 years at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. In 1963, he then became a Lecturer in Naval Architecture in Sunderland. From 1967 to 1993, he worked at Liverpool John Moores University, lecturing to Maritime Degree students, Masters, Mates, and Marine Engineers. In 1993 he retired from full-time work. He became a visiting Lecturer and has written seven books involving Ship Stability, Ship Design & Ship Performance and Ship Squat & Interaction. His interest in Ship Squat began in April 1972, starting on research for his Ph.D. degree. He has worked with many national & international Port Authorities. They include the PLA, Milford Haven PA, Liverpool PA, Humberside PA, Tyne PA, Truro PA, Newhaven PA, Bordeaux PA, Klaipeda PA, Nantes PA and Hamburg PA. Dr Barrass has supplied Ship Squat and Interaction information to 22 countries worldwide. He has lectured at a great number of UK Universities and has advised many Ship-owners on the above listed Specialist topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

International maritime consultant and lecturer in marine technology at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK


"Ship Stability: Notes and Examples will be an invaluable text for those students studying the subject for the first time. It should also prove to be a useful reference tool to seagoing personnel and shore-based staff involved in ship handling." Nicola Pryce-Roberts, MSc Maritime Operations Programme Leader, Liverpool John Moores University, June 2003 "By revising the classic Kemp and Young book, Dr Barass has brought to marine students valuable material in the ship stability domain... the author succeeds in transforming the old stability notebook into a very good self-study book that includes good explanations with very clear sketches, so that 'anyody can do it himself.' Captain Eli D Shiran, Seaways Journal, June 2002 "Those who have found (Ship Stability for Masters and Mates) helpful will also find the present publication useful. For each topic covered, Dr Barrass sets out the basic theory involved and then illustrates this with numerous worked examples." E C Tupper, The Naval Architect, May 2001 ' introduction to the topic covered that will be suitable and useful for both those who are newly at sea, and those whose practical experience is limited to narrow areas and wish to expand their knowledge.' Maritime Journal, March 2001.