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Glossary term Description
PCTC

pure car and truck carrier

PCC

pure car carrier

PBL

parallel berth length

pax

Abbreviation for passengers in ro-pax

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

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

protection & indemnity (insurance)

open-top container Container open at the top (enables the container to be loaded by crane).