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Glossary term Description
spreader A device used on a crane to lift containers by their corners when a specialised container crane is not available.
SPM, SBM

single point mooring, single buoy mooring

SOx

sulphur oxides

southeast Asia

Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

south Asia

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka 

SOLAS

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

SMS

safety management system

Smart Reefer A type of refrigerated container (trade name).
slot rate Rate used to calculate the cost of renting a slot for transporting a single container on board a ship.
slot position

Specifies the position of the container on board the ship, for example using the bay row tier system.