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Glossary term Description
P&I

protection & indemnity (insurance)

pail A container made from plastic or steel with a firmly closed lid, for transportation of liquids, in particular paints and oils.
Panamax

Largest size of vessel that could transit the Panama Canal (before the 2016 expansion) fully loaded. Bulk carrier <32.3 m beam 60,000–99,999 dwt; container ship <32.3 m beam and 3,000–9,999 teu; tanker 55,000–79,999 dwt. See New Panamax for 2016 specs

paper dunnage Covering the floor, sides and cargo surface with paper dunnage provides protection against dripping sweat.
passive behaviour Defines the sensitivity of cargo to other cargo and to its environment (e.g. sensitivity to foreign odors).
pax

Abbreviation for passengers in ro-pax

PBL

parallel berth length

PCC

pure car carrier

PCTC

pure car and truck carrier

pilot

An experienced mariner usually with command experience, employed by a vessel to assist in the navigation and berthing of a vessel in a particular port. Sometimes referred to as berthing master or mooring master when referring to offshore oil facilities