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Glossary term Description
Beaufort

International scale for wind force

berthing master

Usually at oil terminals and sometimes referred to as loading master - acts as pilot and as a liaison with the loading terminal for vessels loading cargo

bhp

Brake horse power. A unit of measurement of the output power of an engine. The metric unit is kilowatt. (1 bhp = 0.745699872 kW)

bilge sump Sump at the lowest point of the hold, where water can collect and be pumped off.
bill of lading

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

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

BMP

best management practice

BNWAS

Bridge navigation watch alarm system

bollard

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

bows The "front" or "sharp" end of a vessel.