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Glossary term Description

Catenary anchor leg mooring, a type of buoy mooring, see also SBM, SPM.


Hardening of bulk cargo caused by a release of water vapour. Causes the formation of lumps if moisture is present in salts or sugars

CA container Container with controlled atmosphere.

Unit of volume in US grain industry. In metric terms, grain is typically measured in tonnes.


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.

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

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

bulk cargo

Homogeneous cargoes, eg grain, coal, iron ore


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

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