Maritime, Shipping and Commercial Terms,
Expressions, Abbreviations, Measuring Units, etc.
Laden On Board
Statement on a Bill of Lading which indicates that a shipment has been loaded on board a vessel.
Cross-country rail service connecting two ocean ports.
Local Accounts Receivable System. Used for per diem/repairs and demurrage.
a. To hold cargo in position by the use of wires, ropes, chains, rods and straps.
b. Goto : Lighter Aboard Ship.
Type of barge carried by Lash vessels.
Various types of equipment used to secure containers/cargo on board vessel.
The angular distance of a position on its meridian north or south from the equator, measured in degrees ('a vessel at 25 degrees north latitude').
Goto : Letter of Credit.
Goto : Less than Container Load.
The time elapsed between the request of a service and the actual provision of such service.
A contract by which one party gives to another party the use of equipment, f. inst. containers, for a specified time against fixed payments.
A contract for the leasing of property or equipment.
Less than Container Load (LCL)
A general reference for cargo in any quantity intended for container carriage, where stuffing/unstuffing is carried out by the line, but where an LCL container usually consists of multiple consignments.
Letter of Credit (L/C) (ELCEE)
A written undertaking by a bank (issuing bank) given to the seller (beneficiary) at the request, and on the instructions of the buyer (applicant) to pay at sight or at a given future date up to a stated sum of money, within a prescribed time limit and against a stipulated set of documents (including the original Bill of Lading).
Letter of Indemnity
A letter indemnifying a company the Carrier from the consequences associated in the release of goods without an original Bill of Lading. This practise should be exercised with extreme caution, and cannot be recommended.
Goto : Company Guarantee.
Legal responsibility for the consequences of certain acts or omissions.
Cargo necessitating a license to move.
Goto : Carriers’ Lien.
Goto : Barge.
Lighter Aboard Ship (Lash)
A vessel specially designed to carry lighters (barges).
The carriage of goods within a port area by a barge.
Vessel engaged in regular liner trade.
Bag, usually made of plastic, used to line the inside of containers for subsequent stowage of dry bulk commodities (nuts, cocoa beans etc.)
Goto : Conference
Carrier advertises fixed schedule of services; port calls usually not made on inducement basis.
Liner Shipping Company
A company transporting cargo over sea in a regular service.
Condition of carriage according to which thet costs for loading and unloading are borne by the Carrier.
A regular service which according to a pre-defined schedule serves a number of regular ports within a trade.
Reefer container used for transport of temperature-controlled cargo (as opposed to dry Reefer).
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
British classification society.
Liquefied Natural Gas Carrier.
Goto : Container Stuffing List (CSL).
Port where cargo is actually loaded on vessel.
A device (calculator or computer) designed for a vessel approved by a classification bureau for the calculation of the vessel’s stability.
The daily report of all events and other relevant particulars of a vessel and attested by proper authorities as a true record.
Any piece of cargo exceeding 40’ in length.
The angular distance of a position on the equator east or west of the standard Greenwich meridian up to 180o east or west.
Lift On Lift Off
Special trailer used to accommodate over height cargo with flat bed, approximately 12’ above ground.
LS or LM
Lump Sum. A freight rate which is inclusive of all charges.
Long Ton (equivalent to 2,240 lbs.)
An agreed sum of money, which is paid in full at one time.