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Glossary term Description
port record sheet

Each port file should contain all the information currently held on a port plus the port record sheet. This records when questionnaires are sent and received and when major updates are made to a port

port operator

A company that operates a berth or terminal within a port

port authority

The company or authority that runs a port

port agent

A company appointed to act as a go-between for the master of the vessel and statutory authorities

POL

petroleum oil lubricants

PNG

pressurised natural gas - see also CNG

placards

Placards are, in accordance with the dangerous goods stipulations of the IMDG code, adhesive placards that indicate to all parties concerned what type of dangerous goods are being transported. They differ from labels in terms of size, although labels have the same purpose

pitching

Movement of a ship around its transverse axis

pilotage authority

The authority that supplies a pilotage service for a particular port

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