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Glossary term Description
breakbulk cargo

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

breadth Use width when referring to objects, e.g., lock width 34m. Note: vessels have a beam/breadth.
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.
box Everyday term for container.
bows The "front" or "sharp" end of a vessel.

Heavy duty cylindrical shape welded to the deck of a vessel for making fast mooring ropes and tugs lines. 


Bridge navigation watch alarm system


best management practice

blue box suction pad

An air-controlled suction eye pad used to fasten the bottom of pilot ladders to the lower hull of high sided vessels

bill of lading

Plural bills of lading. Legal document for ownership of cargo and agreed terms of carriage