Operational profile

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Operational Profile

The operational profile of a ship is a document outlining where and how a ship is to be operated. Many aspects of a ships intended operating profile may be held closely by the owner, requiring non-disclosure agreements or estimation of intent on behalf of the naval architect.


  • Intended registration and classification
  • Routes (important for range, regulatory requirements, canal restrictions)
  • Speed Requirements (range, endurance requirements)
  • Ports (important for port state regulations, ship size restraints)
  • Turn-around times & cargo handling facilities (Equipment requirements)
  • Environmental conditions (icehandling, salinity levels)
  • Hotel fluctuations (electrical, sewage, freshwater requirements)
  • Crewing (Shift schedules, crew changes, level of accomodation & recreation spaces)
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