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A panel cutting technique is developed for automatic modification of an initial mesh of a ship hull used for hydrodynamic computations leading to improved meshes for the prediction of wave induced vertical load effects. The technique can provide a model with divided panels in any defined position regardless of the initial discretization of the body. The applications of the provided technique include panel distinction and division in predetermined positions, generation of finer mesh based on the initial coarser model of meshes and improvement of vertical load prediction in predetermined positions. The method is applied for case studies of a barge, shuttle tanker and frigate to depict various applications. Finally, the hydrostatic and hydrodynamic vertical shear forces are calculated for two models of initial and modified panels of well-known frigate 5415. The results are compared for the sections alongside the ship and accuracy of load integration is shown for predetermined sections.