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Glossary term Description
box Everyday term for container.
bracing/bracing beams Items used to secure general cargo loads. Bracing is usually made from squared lumber beams that are fitted between the load and the load-bearing sections of the container in order to take up the horizontal and vertical forces acting on the load. The bracing is subject to compressive stress.
breadth Use width when referring to objects, e.g., lock width 34m. Note: vessels have a beam/breadth.
breakbulk cargo

Cargo not shipped by container but in individual crates or pallets. May also include ro-ro cargo

breast line A mooring line, sent away from either forward or aft, that is perpendicular to the centre line of the vessel.

Term coined from the words British exit (from the European Union)

bulk cargo

Homogeneous cargoes, eg grain, coal, iron ore

bulk carrier

Also bulker. Ship designed for the carriage of bulk cargoes.

bunkerer A company that supplies bunkers. The company will normally also supply a range of marine lubricants.

Bunkers are ship's fuel which may be marine gas (MGO), diesel (MDO), heavy fuel oil (HFO), which is sometimes referred to as Bunker "C",  or, increasingly, liquefied natural gas (LNG). To take on fuel is known as bunkering.