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Glossary term Description
Ship repairer A company that provides ship repair services or facilities within a port.
ship to ship

Ship to ship (STS) transfer. The transfer of dry or liquid cargo between two vessels either moored together at anchor, drifting at sea or across a jetty (liquid cargo only).

shrinkage/shortage Loss in volume, reduction (weight loss) of goods during transport or storage.
slinging

The process of attaching slinging equipment (for example, ropes, chains or webbing slings) to a load in order for it to be lifted/transhipped safely using lifting gear, for example, a crane.

slot position

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

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

safety management system

SOLAS

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

south Asia

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