The steel weight estimate is a crucial stop on the design spiral. One of the biggest chalenges in ship design is the early determination of lightship displacement, VCG and LCG. The total lightship weight is achieved through a steel weight analysis and a weights and centres calculation The lightship weight has an effect on:
Lightship weight is equal to steel weight + outfit weight + machinery weight
When bidding on a project, shipyards will verify the weight, as it is an important source of information for shipyard cost estimates.