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Glossary term Description
athwartships stowage Load stowed across the beam of the container or ship (as opposed to fore and aft stowage). In the context of load securing, it is of utmost importance whether a container is stowed athwartships or fore and aft on a ship. In the case of athwartships stowage, the greatest acceleration forces act on the actual container longitudinally rather than transversely. Load securing measures must then be taken with this in mind.
AWT

All-weather terminal. A covered jetty that the vessel enters for loading and discharging to avoid weather delays and poor conditions for stevedores

backhoe

Hydraulic excavator mounted on a pontoon

bay

A row of containers running from one side of the ship to the other. To be distinguished from a hold

bay plan

Plan for the stowage of containers, in which each bay on a vessel is represented in a cross-sectional plan of the ship from bow to stern. A bay plan shows all possible positions for stowage on the vessel

bay-row-tier system

Numbering system for the arrangement of containers on a vessel. In this numbering system, the bay is specified first, then the container row, which runs the length of the ship, and finally the tier (vertical layer).

bay-tier-row system

Numbering system for the arrangement of containers on a vessel. In this numbering system, the bay is specified first, then the tier (vertical layer) and finally the container row, which runs the length of the ship

BCM

Bow to centre manifold. For tankers, the distance between the bows, the "front" of the vessel, and the manifold

BCO

beneficial cargo owner. The importer of record, who physically takes possession of cargo at destination

beam The width of a vessel.