Ships interact with the environment in several ways. The focus in this paper is on how ships interact with the wind and how this is treated in design. It is generally sufficient in most cases to model wind force as a static load. However, there may be circumstances where a more detailed description of the wind is appropriate. Some examples discussed include stability under transverse winds, aircraft flight deck operations and wind resistance. The paper summarizes key properties of the wind and recent research related to some key windship interactions. This includes discussion of the challenges and possible remedies.

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