Bilge. The bilge of a vessel with double bottom tanks is a triangular channel on both sides formed by the margin plate of a double bottom, the curvature of the outer skin of the vessel and the bilge ceiling.

The bilge ceiling can be regarded as a continuation of the ceiling on the tank top. More simply, the radius part of the shell plating joining the bottom and the side shell is the β€œbilge”.

The water collected in the ship’s bilges can be pumped out by suction pipes running through both bilges.


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