Timber Shoring

One essential technique used in ship damage control is timber shoring, a time-tested and reliable method employed to stabilize compromised ship structures. Timber shoring involves the strategic placement of timber supports within a ship’s hull or superstructure to reinforce weakened areas, redistribute loads, and maintain structural integrity during emergencies.

In the world of maritime operations, ensuring the safety and integrity of ships is of paramount importance. Ships are subject to a variety of risks, including collisions, groundings, and severe weather conditions that can lead to damage and structural instability. When faced with such incidents, effective damage control measures are crucial to prevent further deterioration and potential disasters.

The main and best material for shores is softwood ex: pine or fir. It can be easily handled, cut fastened and compared to hardwood, has a higher strength/ weight factor.

Any wood used for shores should be straight-grained and relatively free of knots and cracks. Green timbers are not as strong as cured timbers. If it is necessary to use poor-quality wood, use more shores than would be required for shores of better-quality wood.

Shores authorized for shipboard use are treated with a fire-resisting chemical. They should never be painted with ordinary paint.

The Sizes of Timber Shores Use in Ships

  • 100mm x 100mm x 3000mm
  • 150mm x 150mm x 3000mm
Timber Shoring Stored in a Alleyway of a Ship
Timber Shoring Stored in an Alleyway of a Ship
Timber Shoring Stored in a Alleyway of a Ship

The length of a shore in use should never be more than 30 times its minimum thickness. The shorter the shoring is to its thickness, the greater the weight it will support. Shores should normally be carried aboard ships in lengths that can be cut to the required lengths when needed.

Watch THIS one to see how timber shoring happens outside the ship in the world.

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