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Glossary term Description
strip To unpack/unload a container.
straddle carrier Mobile heavy equipment used to move containers in a container park and able to straddle a row of containers up to, usually, 3 high.
stowage factor

The stowage factor specifies how many cubic metres of hold space in a ship will be taken up by a tonne of a cargo, taking into account gaps, shape of the hold, number of tween decks, supports and the use of dunnage.

stevedore A company that provides stevedore services within a port. Stevedores load and discharge ships, often operating specialised equipment to perform their task.
stern line

Mooring line at stern, not aft line.

stern The "back" or "blunt" end of a ship.
STCW

Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention

stanchion Rods or bars on the sides and corners of an open means of transport or container, used to secure the cargo. Removable stanchions are inserted into the stanchion pockets provided.
spring tides See Tides
spring

Mooring line that normally leads forward from the stern (after springs) and lead aft from forward (forward spring). Sometimes referred to as back springs.