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Structural continuity is the alignment of supporting members such that forces are transmitted efficiently between them. When designing a structural arrangement, it is important to ensure adequate structural continuity, as a failure to do so may result in failure of members at lower stresses than anticipated. Where it is necessary to break structure for the operation of the vessel (i.e., for stairwells or doors), headers should be used to support and transfer loads. It is considered bad form to have unnecessary breaks in structural continuity.