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Welcome to LiquefAction.

The LiquefAction project addresses the problem of iron ore fine cargo liquefaction on board bulk carriers under certain conditions. In the past these lead to fatal accidents and a significant number of ships were lost in the short period between 2007 and 2013 only. The ships capsized due to liquefaction of its cargo, i.e. change of state from solid to high density liquid, a phenomenon associated with ore cargo turning into liquid under a combination of moisture in the cargo holds, ship motions and vibration. The problem is well known to ship designers when large quantities of liquids with free surface onboard a ship exert uncontrolled shift of its centre of gravity (especially in heavy seas) and result in rapid loss of stability with catastrophic outcomes.

Map of the recent incidents (since 2009)


Launch of website

The homepage for this project has...